Hiking is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature, but it’s important to make sure you have the right gear to keep you safe and comfortable on the trail. One of the most important pieces of gear for any hiker is a good pair of hiking shoes.
Hiking shoes are designed specifically for the demands of the trail. They offer support, protection, and traction that regular sneakers or running shoes just can’t match. A good pair of hiking shoes will help keep your feet dry, protect them from rocks and other hazards, and provide the traction you need to navigate steep or slippery terrain.
When choosing a pair of hiking shoes, it’s important to consider the type of hiking you’ll be doing. If you’re planning on doing a lot of backpacking, you’ll want a pair of shoes that are durable and can support the extra weight of a backpack. If you’re planning on doing a lot of day hikes, you might prefer a lighter shoe that’s more comfortable for shorter distances.
Another important factor to consider is the fit of the shoe. A good hiking shoe should fit snugly but not be too tight, and should have enough room for your toes to move freely. It’s also important to make sure the shoe has enough support for your feet and ankles.
In addition to support and fit, it’s also important to consider the materials of the shoe. Look for shoes made with breathable, waterproof materials to keep your feet dry and comfortable during wet or rainy conditions. You also want to look for shoes with good traction on the soles to help prevent slips and falls on the trail.
Lastly, It’s important to break in your hiking shoes before taking them on a long hike. This will help to ensure a good fit, and it’ll also help you identify any potential issues with the shoes, such as rubbing or discomfort.
But: what if you came to Gran Canaria and you forgot to pack your hiking shoes? No worries! There are plenty of good shops around where you can buy high quality hiking shoes!
Please note that these are answers and recommendations from community members and their personal experiences. Answers can be slightly edited for clarity.
Where can you buy good hiking shoes?
Lifehack: get a pair of trail running shoes instead. You will get them cheaper, they are more comfortable and more versatile. Check Running Proyect Canarias and Laister Gran Canaria. The staff in Laister speak English and they have discounts. They will also advice you what to get.
I should say that you can take a look at many different sport shops that there are in the island. For example, I have bought in Nike Factory (CC Las Terrazas) trail running shoos for less than €60. There is also an ASICS shop just next to the Nike Factory. But also Decathlon is one of the best options.
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