How To Make Your Hiking Boots Last Longer

Photo credit: Gideon Haden ChomphosyWhen you invest in a pair of hiking boots, you want to make sure that you get the most out of them. There are only so many steps in a pair of boots, but there are things that you can do to squeeze every last mile out of your footwear. Here are a few tips to make your hiking boots last longer.

Invest in a quality pair of hiking boots

You get what you pay for. If you buy the cheapest pair of hiking boots that you can find, you’re not going to get a lot of use out of them. You could blow a toe rand, the sole might separate, or the stitching may come undone. While these things can happen to almost any pair of hiking boots, they tend to happen prematurely on bargain bin boots.

Buy the right size

If you buy boots that are too small, you could wear holes in the material because of too much friction. If your boots are too big, you can crack the sole near the toe and create creases in the upper material which can grow brittle or weak. Shoes that are too big can also lead to missteps that can damage your boots or cause injury. Plus, getting your hiking boots to fit just right ensures a comfortable hike.

Watch your step

Being thoughtful about where you tread is a good way to increase the lifespan of your hiking boots. Avoid sharp rocks and big roots, and avoid stomping through mud whenever possible. Of course, you don’t have to tiptoe around each and every puddle you come across. Your boots are meant to take the abuse. However, being mindful of your step can make your boots last longer with very little effort.

Clean your hiking boots

You can’t avoid getting your boots dirty when you go for a hike. But you can make your hiking boots last longer by cleaning them after each hike. Remove excess dirt and grime to help preserve your boots.

Care for your hiking boots

Taking care of your hiking boots when they’re not in use is key. Some boots require more attention than others. A nice pair of leather hiking boots, for example, requires more care than boots with a synthetic upper. Treat your boots whenever necessary, and store them in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight. Check your boot manufacturer’s website for specific care instructions.

Examine your hiking boots

Who knew that you could make your hiking boots last longer just by looking at them? Examining your boots regularly can help you identify small problems before they become big ones.

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