How To Use A Walking Boot
Not sure about how to use a walking boot? There are two types of walking boots, the kind used in place of a cast, for an injury and the kind used when hiking outdoors. Here we will discuss the walking boots for hiking outdoors. Walking boots may seem simple enough not to need any instructions. But there´s a number of tips that can help avoid making your hiking day become a painful and strenuous walk; there´s no reason to suffer.
To use a walking boot for hiking, the following should be considered:
Even though nowadays most state of the art boots have a reasonably flexible construction, and the sewing tends to be flat, you always have to allow your boots some time to adapt to your feet. And if that time is not taken before you hit the trails, you might find yourself far from the trail head having to deal with blisters or uncomfortableness. The other thing that even newer boots lack of is sole comfort. With just a few exceptions, every boot needs an aftermarket insole to feel right. Once you have chosen a boot that feels right for you, and you´ve tried them both on with medium socks and your own insoles, which I suggest you bring with you to the shop, you are ready to start the customization process.
The boots customization process is:
- Put the insoles in the boots, opening them thoroughly.
- Put the boots on, wearing a pair of medium socks.
- As you tighten the laces, feel the fit of the boot, starting from the upper side. The tongue has to feel comfortable. If it´s so thin that lets you feel the laces, try using wider laces than the standard.
- Pull the tongue upwards and then stick it to the front of your ankles.
- Walk around the house first, taking them off after one hour.
- If the boots feel too tight, you can fill them with newspaper, and try them on again the next day.
- Use them a few more times around the house before going outside.
- It would be a good idea to find out how the boots respond to temperature changes and direct contact with water. In other words, get them soaked and see if the shrink or remain in place.
Once you have gone through these simple steps, your boots are ready for the trails. But remember, if the boots don´t feel right at home, there´s no reason for them to be nice in the trails, so don´t take chances.
Another good idea is to fit the boots to your larger foot. Everyone has one foot bigger than the other, and if one is too tight, there´s no comfort possible. So make the big one fit. Take your time to customize your boots, and enjoy the outdoors.