Finding the right pair of shoes for 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.

Head to a specialist shoe shop to seek advice from professionals so that you can find the perfect pair of shoes for you.

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 are not breathable enough, your feet become clammy and moist: perfect conditions for increased chafing and encouraging the development of blisters. Note that suitable socks can also play an important role in keeping your feet dry.
  • 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…
  • IMPORTANTLY, a good shoe must be “broken in”. Walk in your shoes, firstly round your home, then for short walks, gradually increasing the distance. DO NOT set off on Oxfam Trailwalker with new shoes.