Backpacking boots are specifically designed for the sport. You will want a pair that is light in weight for the long treks and tough enough to get you back home safely. At the same time, the type that is breathable can help keep your feet cool and dry. The breathable type works best in areas that are not prone to rainfall. You will want to take some short practice hikes to break your new backpacking boots in properly.
Your pair of backpacking boots should be sturdy. There is nothing worse than having your footwear fall apart halfway through your journey (This happened to us once – not a fun trip after that). Your old pair of backpacking boots may be comfortable but if they are worn out get them replaced before you leave. Make sure you have time to break them in well before you go.
Your backpacking boots should come above the ankle. They should help support the ankle to keep it from bending side to side but at the same time allow the ankle to bend forward and backwards. Laced and properly fitted backpacking boots will help keep your feet comfortable and help to eliminate the possibility of blisters. On long treks, you want to eliminate as many of the possibilities for blisters as you can. Remember to take along your Blister Kit.
The material the sole of the backpacking boots are made of is very important. Very soft wears out quickly and very hard is uncomfortable to wear. You will want a sole that has lugs to assist in gripping the terrain you are moving over and be made of a tough material at the same time.
Your trek starts at your feet and will be very enjoyable when you are wearing a pair of well fitting backpacking boots.