Finding the right pair of shoes for the Oxfam Trailwalker is of the utmost importance. Good hiking shoes must be waterproof, flexible, sturdy and comfortable. They should have good soles and should dry quickly. They can be low, medium high or high (above the ankle).
To buy hiking shoes, go to a specialized shop.
A good walking shoe has to:
- Support: always check the sole. Good soles shouldn’t bend too easily and aren't easily compressed.
- Protect: a sprained ankle could mean the end of your walk. Choose a shoe with a sufficiently high and sturdy support.
- Repel water: leather can be made perfectly water-repellent without restricting your feet’s breathing
- Permeate transpiration: if your shoes do not breathe sufficiently, your feet will become clammy and wet. Adequate socks also play an important role here.
- Provide grip: most manufacturers opt for the widest possible range of use
- Cushion shocks: particularly the insole and inner lining play an important role here, but your socks too take on a part of this function. For Oxfam Trailwalker we choose a quick-drying sock that is not too thick.
- Support: a good walking sole does not bend and is not easily pushed in.
- As light as possible: during a day of intensive trekking the walker will lift his feet about 10,000 times…