FAQ : What is the best footwear for hiking in Ireland?

Hiking in Ireland can be one of the best experiences of your life. In order to ensure you make the most of your time on this pretty little island, you’ll need to take care of your feet. Stay comfortable and move at your own pace by choosing the best footwear for hiking in Ireland!

Hiking boots are available and many price points and it will depend on your budget which ones you chose. However, it is always better to go for a well known, reputable brand. If you require specific, in-depth advise it is best to speak to an expert at your local outdoor store. There are definitely some general rules of thumb that you can following when choosing your footwear.

You should take these factors into account:

DISTANCE

The distance you plan to walk each day is a very important factor when choosing footwear for the trail. Most hikes in Ireland will see you covering an average of between 15-25kms each day. This is no mean feat (excuse the pun!). Cheak the breathability of your shoes, your feet need room to cool down. Remember that you’ll need to ‘wear in’ your boots before you embark on your trip. Wear them out on local trails to break them in. This will help you to avoid blisters.

TYPE OF TERRAIN

Take note of the type of terrain you will be walking across. The weather in Ireland is fairly unpredictable, so you should expect to encounter some rain no matter when you travel. It is essential to have a tight grip on your soles to minimize any slipping or sliding! Choose a boot that’s waterproof and durable. On rockier terrain, you can go for boots with ankle support. This can make a huge difference to overall strength and pace.

Hiking boots that come up over the ankles are great for protection when you are carrying a heavier load or if you plan to walk across a lot of uneven terrains. With our luggage transfers, you won’t need to carry your large backpack with you each day so the bulkier boots might not be necessary.

SOCKS

The boots are a must, but really, its all about the socks! Merino wool socks are definitely our top recommendation at Irelandways.com. They are specially designed to be durable and wick sweat from the feet while letting them breathe. You may scoff at the price of them in your local outdoor store. But believe us they are worth every dime!

THE RIGHT FIT

Whatever you do, don’t leave it until the last minute to buy your boots. As previously mentioned they will need to be broken in during your training regime. It is essential that your boots fit correctly, consult your local outdoor store if you are unsure of your size.  A well-fitted boot should hold your feet firmly in place and you should be able to wiggle your toes.

After a long day walking you’ll want to give your feet a rest and chill out. Don’t forget a nice comfortable pair of sandals or trainers for the evening time. Your feet will thank you for it.

For information on any of our walking or cycling tours, contact the travel specialists.

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