Before you start exploring the beautiful streets and countryside of Europe, make sure that you have a good pair of backpacking shoes. Your shoes will be one of the most important purchases that you make before you set off so take some time to weigh up your options and find the best footwear you can within your budget. With the sheer amount of walking that you will be doing while backpacking in Europe, you don’t want to take off your shoes at the end of the day and discover your feet are covered in blisters. Choosing the right backpacking shoes will prevent this and ensure you have pain free trip!
Boots Vs. Shoes – What do you need?
Before you start looking at different types of shoes you need to ask yourself what type of backpacking trip you will be undertaking. Unless you decide to go backpacking off road then the chances are you will not need a heavy duty backpacking boot to wear during your trip. The purpose of hiking boots is to provide ankle support and rigidity to prevent any injuries that occur from the rough terrain such as sprains and bruising to the feet. Unfortunately the downside of this is that the boot will have a considerable weight.
For the most part, a lightweight backpacking shoe is preferable as they are lighter and allow your feet to ‘breathe’ as they are made from synthetic materials, which will also prevent your feet from getting blisters. As the majority of people follow routes through towns and cities whilst backpacking round Europe there is not much need for the ankle support that boots will provide. Fortunately there are companies that produce excellent trail running shoes that are lightweight and give more support than your normal pair of trainers.
What to look for in a backpacking shoe
It is important that you don’t scrimp when it comes to buying backpacking shoes because you will be wearing them every day. Go to your nearest outdoor activities store and ask the most experienced person there for help and they will be sure to point you in the right direction. I would recommend that you try to buy a lightweight pair of shoes as it will save a lot of energy when it comes to walking large distances. Remember, make sure that you follow your instincts when buying your shoes and go for the most comfortable.