THE IMPORTANCE OF BREAKING IN THE SHOES
When you buy a new pair of walking shoes, it is necessary to "run them in" so that they soften and conform to the shape of your foot.
If you have a new pair of shoes, try a few short outings before going on a long walk or trek.
HOW TO MAINTAIN HIKINGSHOES:
Follow these steps to maintain your shoes:
1. The insole
The first step is to remove the insole and place newspaper or silica crystals inside the shoe to absorb moisture from perspiration. This will also reduce the growth of odour-causing bacteria in the shoes.
Tip: You can put silica cat litter in a sock and then put it inside the shoe, which is effective and reusable.
2. Clean the upper
We recommend you clean the upper of your shoes with a cloth dampened with warm water and let them dry in a dry place.
If you have been walking in mud, wait until it dries and brush your shoes to remove excess dirt and then wipe it off with a damp cloth.
3. The outsole
Don't forget the outsole. Brush them and don't forget to remove any gravel or grit stuck in the sole's relief. This will keep the sole in good condition and keep a good grip during your next outing.
4. Waterproof your shoes
Make your shoes waterproof once or twice a year.
If you regularly hike in the rain, do not hesitate to double the frequency.
Before applying the impregnator, make sure your shoes are clean and dry. Once the product is applied, let the shoes breathe outside for a few hours.
If you are buying new hiking boots, make sure they are already waterproof.
5. Check the condition of your laces
And finally, a step often neglected by most hikers, check the condition of your shoelaces. This will prevent you from ending up with a broken lace while hiking.
A broken shoelace? Contact us.