Keeping Your Feet Cool While Hiking in the Summer

Keeping cool while hiking in the summer is a struggle. In fact, some would say that it’s a losing battle. Still, there are a few things that you can do to help keep your feet cool and increase your comfort while hiking in the summer.

Look for shoes without waterproofing

It doesn’t matter if it’s going to rain or you’re on a route with several river crossings. Ditch the waterproof hiking footwear in the summer.

Waterproof hiking shoes keep moisture out, but they also trap heat and moisture in, creating little saunas for your feet. Waterproof shoes also take much longer to dry out than a lightweight, breathable pair of non-waterproof hiking shoes.

Lighter is better

The heavier your footwear the hotter your feet will get while hiking. Choose lightweight trail running shoes over heavier hiking boots.

Look for trail shoes made from lightweight materials with features that promote breathability, such as mesh panels.

Hiking in sandals?

While you lose a substantial amount of protection and support, hiking in a rugged pair of trail sandals is the most breathable option when it comes to hiking footwear.

We’ve talked about the risks of hiking in sandals before, but the simple truth is that many people successfully hike in sandals. If you do choose to hike in sandals do yourself a favor and wear a pair of socks.

Think about fibers

Temperature isn’t the only thing that matters when hiking in the summer. Your overall comfort is important, and the materials that your socks are made from directly influence your comfort while hiking.

Don’t wear cotton hiking socks. Yes, cotton is lightweight and breathable, but it’s not a technical fiber. Lightweight merino wool hiking socks will help regulate temperature, wick away moisture, and add plush cushioning to keep you hiking at your best.

Show your feet some love

Your feet are going to get hot if you’re hiking the summer. There’s no way around it. One thing that you can do to increase comfort is periodically stop and tend to your toes.

  • Remove your socks and shoes to let your feet breathe and dry out.
  • Check for blisters and hot spots.
  • Put on a fresh pair of socks.
  • Cool your feet in a lake, river, or stream. Make sure your feet are totally dry before putting your shoes back on to prevent blisters.

Looking for hiking socks or hiking shoes in Fayetteville, Arkansas? Stop by Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters.

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