Blisters can be painful and debilitating
Blistered feet, pain and suffering through each step is not the way you want to remember your adventure. Although sometimes unavoidable blisters are at least manageable if looked after early and properly. Having said foot care & blister prevention is far better than cure take steps to avoid blisters and enjoy your trip for what it is.
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Don`t go hiking in your new boots straight away
All boots require some breaking in. Leather boots in particular tend to be quite stiff when they are new. It will take some time for the leather to flex freely and evenly. If you don`t break your boots in properly it may result in painful and debilitating blisters. Blisters can be a terrible affliction when you are out in the bush. For this reasons, we strongly recommend that your first walks are short ones. Better still, wear them around the house or down to the shops, before progressing to a short day walks.
If you are not used to wearing boots, it may also take you some time to get used to the heavier feel and extra ankle support. Softer lighter weight boots are available and may be a good option for first timers. (depending on where you are heading.) If your first trip is to be more than a short stroll, taking some running shoes in case you need to change is a good idea.
Quality Socks are just as important as quality boots
One factor in footwear and foot care that is often over looked is the importance of quality socks. Sock technology has come a long way from your standard wool or cotton blend.
Many people prefer to wear two pairs of socks and this is certainly a good idea if your boots are new. The best combination is a light liner sock (quality compression sock) under a heavier or technical sock (two thick socks may be too hot). A heavier technical sock provides the insulation, shock absorption and support. A lighter liner sock will help keep the foot dry and prevent blisters, particularly if it is made from a fabric which has good moisture transfer properties. Nylon and Spandex are also good breathable material.
Keep in mind that the thickness of the socks you choose will affect the fit of the boot. So when fitting the boots in the store you should always wear socks similar to those in which you intend to walk. Lace boots firmly (not tightly) to help prevent any movement.
Blisters are formed by friction, heat and sweating. While these factors are very much relevant to blister formation, blisters are actually caused by excessive stretching in the skin (called shear). Once a blister forms, it can be painful and debilitating. Blister prevention is key to making your walking experience much more enjoyable.