Are Running Shoes Advisable for Hiking?

People often tend to ask, if hiking with their running shoes, is a really bad idea?

It is a very common question. Probably because, is much more usual to find a pair of running shoes, in anyone’s closet

It is almost impossible that doesn’t sound appealing, the idea of not having to invest a lot of money on a pair of boots -that probably you are not going to be wearing very often- and instead use a pair of shoes you already own.


Ask the Pros

Believe it or not, a huge range of active hikers travel hundreds of miles in running shoes. Normally, it is understood that you need the support and toughness of a hiking boot, but some hikers consider that the more weight you carry the more energy you spend and it could cost you in your performance.

Some hikers consider that weight on your feet will zap 4-6 times more energy than weight on your back. So, swapping that 4-pound pair of boots for a 1-pound pair of running shoes will be the energy saving equivalent of removing 12-18 pounds from your pack.

No Pain – No Regrets

There is nothing worse when you are hiking in the middle of nowhere, and get a bad blister. Turning back or continuing will not be a viable solution. This is why, some hikers prefer running shoes because of their flexibility and softness.

Rigid, hard-soled boots don’t flex with your feet and won’t let them breath, making them soft from the sweat and more vulnerable to blisters.

Waterproof, but Still Wet

Even though many boots claim to be waterproof and they actually protect you from water, it will only last for a while. If it starts raining and you are caught in the middle of a trail, there is nothing that will stop water from running down your legs and into your shoes.

It is right at that moment, when you wonder “how much was  the extra weight on your feet and the money invested really worth?” If having dry feet was your highest expectation when buying your hiking boots, you won’t feel very pleased at the end of your hike.

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Own Experience

In the end, there doesn’t seem to be an accurate answer to: what you should wear when hiking? I believe it is more a matter of finding the right combination of support and comfort.

For me, the best way to know what kind of hiking shoe is the most convenient for you, is trying it out. If after a couple of short, mid-range hikes you feel running shoes, will do. Then, there is your answer.

Remember, to consider if you are going to be exposed to rain, snow or dry environments. You don’t want to end up with frozen or dehydrated feet…

Hike with the Best

Take advantage of our closeness and come hiking with us at Mile Hi Rafting. We are only 30 miles west of Denver and we offer the most exciting, breathtaking adventures in Colorado.

Call us today and find out all the thrilling options and packages we offer for the whole family. Combine your hiking trip with whitewater rafting, ATV tours, camping and much more. We pride ourselves in being flexible and will help you arrange any combination of options to create your own experience.

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