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If there is one question you should ask yourself before choosing your footwear, it's “what type of hiking am I going to do?”.That is to say, on what type of terrain? For how long? And how heavy is your backpack?
There is a wide range of hiking shoes available that have been designed according to the terrain.If you're walking on lowlands you won't have the same needs as for mountain walking.Each type of terrain has its own particular features.
… ON LOWLANDS, IN THE FOREST OR ON THE COAST, SLIGHTLY UNEVEN
If you’re going for a short hike on lowlands, in the forest or on the coast, then go for country walking shoes.They will give you maximum comfort and cushioning so you don't feel the roughness of the trails.These shoes have dual density soles which means that a first sole close to your foot provides softness for comfort, while a second sole close to the ground is cushioned to protect you from stones.Their studs and outer sole give excellent grip on natural paths - such as forest or coastal trails for example.Country walking shoes are well suited for slightly uneven hikes.
… IN THE MOUNTAINS, ON STEEP TRAILS
Are you looking to reach summits on more challenging, steeper trails?If you go mountain walking more often and encounter scree for example, it would be better to go for mountain walking shoes.They are more lightweight so your steps aren't as heavy on the climb.Their sole and studs also have good grip so you don't skid on steep trails or in scree.Mountain walking shoes generally come with EVOFIT.This technology offers stretch materials and a specific design for the area of the foot where the joints are located so the shoe fits perfectly to the shape of foot.
… ON SNOWY TRAILS
Climbing snowy summits?In this case, your choice is everything!Because snow means warm and waterproof shoes are needed.We recommend you choose snow walking shoes that insulate not only from the cold but also the moisture of
the snow.Snow walking shoes come with a membrane to make them waterproof and breathable.Their sole also insulates and they have an anti-ingress system to avoid having to walk with snow in your shoes.Some of our snow walking shoes come with SNOWCONTACT technology, the result of lengthy tests.SNOWCONTACT soles are made with a specific component and stud pattern that is designed to ensure the best possible grip and traction.This makes them more effective on snow than standard soles.