TRAVEL TIP: Boots for comfort
An ill-fitting or new, untried boot can cause a hiker misery after a long day on the trail. To prevent blisters, aching feet, and twisted ankles, make sure your footwear is suited to the type of terrain and pack weight you will be traveling with on your trip.
Most backpackers and hikers prefer 6 inch laced boots with rubber or synthetic soles. They should fit comfortably over two pair of socks. A wicking sock and a heavy wool or synthetic sock are typically preferred by hikers. The Alpaca wool fiber is the best at wicking moisture. Alpaca socks will keep your feet the driest on the the trail. Merino wool socks are also very good at wicking moisture from feet while on the trail. Dry feet are essential to blister prevention when hiking. Wear your new boots enough to break them in before the trip.
Take extra laces. Pack a pair of soft soled shoes or sandals. After a day of hiking, they will feel comfortable as well as being less damaging to campsite vegetation.
Take care of your feet on your outdoor adventures. You will have more fun with comfortable boots and socks!