Comfortable Footwear for Hiking Is Essential
Minnesota has plenty of trails, state forest, and parks that offer a wide range of hiking opportunities for hikers of all abilities. Before heading outdoors to do some exploring make sure you’re equipped with a good pair of hiking shoes or boots that meet your needs. Come into Benders and check out our selection of comfortable hiking shoes and boots for men and women. We carry performance footwear from Adidas Outdoor, Chaco, Merrell, Keen, Oboz, and Salomon. We can help you find the correct shoe with the correct fit to meet your demands and keep you comfortable.
A hiking sandal or a low-cut trail shoe is generally fine for day hikes on easy to moderate terrain or everyday walking, but if you are venturing onto more challenging terrain, or have weak ankles, a sturdy mid-height boot that comes up over the ankle and has a more aggressive tread will provide more traction, stability, and support. For hikes involving backpacking, over rough, hilly, or uneven terrain a heavier aggressive boot, with additional stability features in the heel and midsole are required to keep the foot stable and prevent twisting.
When shopping for a new pair of hiking shoes or boots make sure you try them on with the socks you plan on wearing.
The proper socks can make a huge difference in the fit and performance of your footwear. Going from a heavy sock to a lightweight sock can change the fit of your boot or shoe enough to create a sloppy, poor fit. The proper fitting sock will stay in place and not bunch up around your toes or slide down under your heel.
Benders has a selection of Smartwool and Fits wool blend socks in a variety of weights for warm and cool weather hiking conditions.
Wool blend socks can help wick excessive moisture away from your foot keeping you warm and dry in cold weather, and cool and dry in warm weather. Choose a sock height that comes up above your shoe or boot height to prevent rubbing on your ankles.
If you are looking for information about hiking in Minnesota check out the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ for a listing of state parks, forests, and trails, and information and safety tips. Before heading out on your next adventure come into Benders located in Grand Rapids, Hibbing, and Duluth and try on some of our new styles of hiking and outdoor shoes.