Many of my customers have asked me how to choose hiking boots. So I thought it would be a good idea to write a small tutorial about the different types of hiking boots that are appropriate for trekking in our Alps and in other mountainous regions. I describe here all the kinds of footwear for the Alps. I have excluded the expedition boots for hiking in the Himalayas or for mountains above 7000 meters since these are not relevant for here in the Italian Alps. Depending on the hike you will choose to do and the experience you want to have, you should be able to choose the right kind of hiking boots. The manufacturer AKU is the official sponsor of Trekking Alps so I use AKU boots as examples for this tutorial. AKU is an Italian brand of hiking boots with excellent quality for all kinds of terrain. The features you should consider before choosing hiking or mountaineering boots are:
- Stability and protection
- Load support
Generally speaking I always want a waterproof shoe when I am going into the mountains, to provide me with good protection. The load support and weight I choose depends on the kind of experience I am heading to. Hiking boots are divided into classes (A, B, C and D) and then into subclasses (1,2,3, etc.). A1 are the simplest and lightest shoes, while D2 are the heaviest and most technical boots described here. The hiking boots suggested for our hikes at Trekking Alps are in the B and C classes. So let’s start the tutorial on how to choose hiking boots!