Hiking footwear comes in boots, shoes and sandals, each with its unique characteristics and functions. When selecting your hiking footwear, look for footwear designs that will protect your feet from the elements, are supportive and comfortable. The correct hiking footwear will fit your foot, preventing blisters, and can be lightweight, saving energy. Not to forget, a good pair of hiking socks to keep your feet dry, cool/warm and comfortable throughout your hike.
Not sure whether to buy hiking boots, hiking shoes, approach shoes, or sandals for your hike?
If you are looking for hiking footwear that has a very long life and offers maximum protection, hiking boots are what we can recommend to you. They are heavier but provide more durability and support than hiking shoes and sandals.
Hiking shoes are lighter and more comfortable than hiking boots but have less protection without the cuff support around the ankle. We recommend hiking shoes if you are searching for a balance between comfort and protection.
Approach Shoes are a combination of a climbing shoe and a supportive hiking shoe. With grippy rubber and a technical 'climbing zone,' our approach shoes are perfect for the rock scrambling hikes that South East Queensland is known for, such as Mt Barney, Mt Beerwah, and Mt Tibrogargan.
Hiking sandals are great for beating the heat offering a lightweight and very comfortable solution but they do provide little protection from the elements. If you are planning a hike with creek crossings or water wading on your hike, hiking sandals are what we recommend.