Choosing the right footwear is an essential part of any outdoor adventure. They can make all the difference between an enjoyable hike or a downright miserable walk. There are many factors to consider when looking to choose the proper footwear.
What is the purpose of the footwear I'm looking for? For example, will you be hiking, rock climbing, kayaking or hunting? Many activities have recommended shot and boot types that work best under those conditions. Beyond the purpose, fit is the next important factor to consider when shopping. Be sure to try on both and walk around the store for a bit to ensure an accurate fit, and to make sure the desired footwear is comfortable on your feet. What works for one person doesn't always work the same for the next.
Do you need any special features? Will your boots or shoes need to be waterproof? What weather will they be worn in, would they require heavy insulation for warmth? The correct cut of the shoe or boot may depend on how long your hikes are and how much of a load you're carrying, if backpacking. The socks you will be wearing with the footwear are also an important consideration. Be sure to wear the correct socks when trying on different styles to get an overall accurate fit.
Some of the popular brands we currently carry include:
The team here at Sommerfeld would be happy to assist you in finding the correct footwear for your next adventure. Stop in and see us in Lidderdale, Iowa!