How to find the right hiking shoe
Whatever you do, your shoe does too
You can tell a good shoe by whether it suits your individual requirements perfectly. At Jack Wolfskin, we categorise shoes into three groups: multifunctional, hiking and trekking, so you can choose your footwear based on what altitude you will be doing your activities at, what conditions you will be hiking in, how far your route is and how often you will be on the go. Are you just looking for something for relaxed day tours? For low mountain ranges with an ascent up to the tree line? Or do you have a mountain hike planned in the high mountains? Whatever you have planned, we have the perfect shoe for you!
To give you an initial overview, let's first give you a few basic tips that you should consider when buying shoes. When trying on shoes, it is best to wait until the afternoon or the evening. That is because your feet are a little bigger than in the morning, exactly as they would be after a long walk. Then, try on the shoes with trekking socks at the same time, so you know how the shoes would feel when worn in a real situation. Hiking boots should fit well from the start. You and your boots will be put through your paces enough during your adventure, so it’s wise to ensure that you are a good match from the start. Last but not least, you should look for a good grip at the heel. This protects your ankles from buckling and you will be safe travelling, even on rough terrain. For this reason, we recommend shoes with a higher shaft for both hiking beginners and hiking pros taking more difficult routes. They offer more grip and stability and prevent injuries from occurring.
For demanding trekking
Do you love a challenge? Do you spend your holidays on a hiking trip in the mountains, with few treks being enough of a challenge? Then our Seven Wonders Texapore Mid and All Terrain Texapore 8 are made for you. Designed for log cabin hiking trips through mountain terrain and over stony paths, they guarantee a secure grip and stabilise your foot reliably. So hiking tours lasting several days and weeks with a heavy pack in adverse weather conditions are no longer a problem for you and your feet!
For intensive hiking
After a long week at work, a hike through vast landscapes is the perfect way to relax and unwind. A single day tour is enough to do this for most people and is easier to fit into a packed schedule. Low mountain ranges or the foothill of the Alps with its wonderful routes await you. So, if you're planning a two to eight-hour hike on mostly paved trails, Vojo Hike Texapore and Mtn Attack Texapore will help you get through the terrain. They also carry you reliably over hill and dale when taking around 30 litres of luggage with you in weather that does not really want to play along.
Multifunctional for active days
If you love to keep active and are always on the move, then you need shoes that you can rely on. You don’t like to keep still and your hobbies range from hiking to long walks, bike tours, city trips and other outdoor adventures? Then shoes which still shine despite all their multifunctional and flexible extras will be your best friend. Our shoes Trali Excite 2 Texapore Low, Rocksand Texapore Mid or Venture Fly Texapore Low are the optimum choice for all possible day activities in less rough areas, come rain or shine. They do all this without restricting you, so every day can be an adventure!
The right socks
In order to get the full benefit from your shoes, and so that they can truly shine, it is important to combine them with the right socks. Merino Compression Socks support you during more demanding hikes. They are extremely breathable, quick-drying and prevent your feet from getting tired thanks to their slight compression of the foot. Well-padded socks like the Trekking Meriona Classic Cut will suffice for day trips, and the model Cross Trail Classic Cut with a stabilising ankle section are a good choice for hours spent being active in your free time.
Knowing which shoes are best suited to you mostly comes down to you and your plans. However, we can guarantee one thing. No matter what new challenges you’re after, we have the right shoe for every occasion!