When do you need hiking shoes?


When I planned a trip last year to Australia I decided to buy a pair of hiking shoes for the activities I wanted to do over there.

Walking through Australia’s Blue Mountains is not your average walk in the park. Many stairs, a lot of walking up and downwards, and rough forest terrain. I guess some years ago I would not have even thought about getting hiking shoes for such a trip, but nowadays I know that it is important to take care of my feet! Some simple sneakers will hurt your feet after an hour of walking and your feet definitely need some extra comfort for an actual hike.

Let alone the leeches that can crawl into your shoes… Well they can still actually, but their chances just got smaller. If you wear good hiking shoes and you would walk through some water or it starts to rain your feet will not get wet. Your feet will be better protected against anything from the outside of your shoe really.


My shoes and me got tired and rested a bit on the GaldhΓΈpiggen mountain of Norway.

Especially when you hike through a glacier a pair of hiking shoes can be your +1. They keep your feet dry and warm, and it just gets better when you have hiking shoes with the material Gore-tex (or something similar).

Here is my list of reasons for using hiking shoes:

  • Rugged soles for better traction. You need something that can prevent you from slipping on a natural trail. Hiking shoes are designed to give a good grip.
  • No poke-through. Whenever you are walking on a road with many rocks you need a pair of shoes that will not cause a lot of discomfort. Hiking shoes have a rock-guard that will prevent rocks from poking through your sole.
  • Tougher. Hiking shoes will not rip easily when you encounter rocks, roots or sticks that might tear up a simple walking or running shoe.
  • Waterproof. When you go hiking you might encounter some streams you have to cross or wet trails. While your friend steps into a puddle of water with his sneakers and gets his feet wet, you on the other hand do the same with your hiking shoes and keep your feet dry and happy. Believe me, you do not want to dry your socks on a campfire in the middle of nowhere.
  • Walk like a pro. You will look awesome πŸ˜‰ There are plenty of nice looking hiking shoes out there. I think my pair looks nice, right?

Relaxing in the territory of the mighty Musk Ox in Hjerkinn, Norway.

My current hiking shoes are from the Decathlon’s brand Quechua and are called Forclaz 500 for women. They look nice and I have not gotten the need for anything more fancy so far. I can tell you that these shoes are a bit heavy for my backpack and that they will be quit warm in the tropics, but for now they do just fine.

If you are planning to buy a pair of hiking shoes, go to a store where you can try them on and bring the socks you plan to use. Spend some time walking around in the store to get a good sense. There should not be too much space in the front of the shoes, but a little bit for the toes to be able to wiggle. I would advise you to walk around at home when you buy new hiking shoes, because you do not want to get blisters on your hike.


Having fun in the Blue Mountains of Australia.

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Ever since I left my home country I felt at home at any other place I went to. I enjoy getting to know more cultures by talking to strangers and hearing their philosophy about life. Speaking with gestures when you can not find a shared language, finding places only the locals go to and learn about their customs and values. Hanging out with local people makes me happy. The experience of every new place is a step out of your comfort zone where I like to wander around until it feels like a second home.
6 Comments on “When do you need hiking shoes?
    • Ik kan je zeggen, bij de Bever krijg je natuurlijk advies en hebben ze hoogstwaarschijnlijk wat betere schoenen staan. Maar de Decathlon is ook prima hoor, vooral als je graag zelf wat rond kijkt en aanpast πŸ˜‰

  1. Ik haalde speciaal voor AustraliΓ« een paar wandelschoenen van Merrell, droeg ze drie keer en deed de rest van m’n reis alles op slippers :’) Maar soms zijn ze erg handig!

    • Ik denk dat mijn Ozzie reisje er ongeveer hetzelfde uit zag qua gebruik van de hiking schoenen. Voor de Blue Mountains en Uluru waren ze hard nodig, maar de rest van de reis kon prima op sneakers. Helaas was ik er in mei en liet het weer verder geen slippers toe, dus gebruikte ik mijn witte Cruyff’s voor het ontdekken van o.a. Sydney.

  2. Leuk om te lezen! Vandaag weer veel plezier van mijn schoenen gehad tijdens het wandelen door ons platte kikkerlandje. Veel meer grip op aangevroren stukjes waar anderen regelmatig uitgleden. Droge, warme voeten zijn ook erg fijn voor een koukleum als ik.

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