Hiking boots and shoes are perfect for when you get off the beaten path. Most hiking footwear is waterproof so your feet stay dry and cosy. Since wet material chafes more, waterproof footwear also reduces the risk of blisters or sore patches, which is the last thing you want on long hikes. Hiking footwear has grippy soles to keep you upright in all conditions, rugged construction to deal with all the scrapes and knocks from the trail and often lace higher up around the ankle. The extra support and protection are especially beneficial if you’re walking with a loaded backpack.