In other words,they should not have an inflexible sole.
Below are pictures of my shoes:
These shoes in the picture are quite old. I bought them early February this year for Rs. 600 (less than $10) [really cheap!] from a local roadside store. Ill post a better picture when I buy my next pair. These shoes have given me great grip and likewise, immense confidence while trekking.
These type of shoes, specially designed for trekking, are quite different from sport shoes. Sport shoes, generally, have thick rubber soles. Sport shoes are extremely inconvenient for walking on surfaces that have small loose rocks as stiff soles do not provide agood grip.Thereby, the chance of slipping is very high! Theshoes in the pictures above have a steel plate that flexibly bend, and get the shoe to the right shape again.
2. WEAR TWO SOCKS
3. ADD COTTON INSIDE THE SHOE NEAR THE TOES
Often while descending from mountain slopes, the toes are pointed downwards and they face/touch rocks, boulders and uneven surfaces. Layers of cloth and cotton provide a cushion reducing strain and stress on the toes. Also reduces the chances ofinjury.
Nishant (and his colleague and my friend Amit) use Action Trekking Shoes by Campus. Amit also uses ankle support (shoes with an extended part near the ankle area) to prevent the ankle from twisting. I own a pair of Action shoes, and I dislike them for trekking. However, they are light weight and quite good for less intense sport activities.
Amit and Nishant are founders and leads of Mumbai Rangers. I often trek/co-lead with them. They can be reached at mumbai-rangers.com. They are happy-go-lucky, very friendly, passionate about trekking, and a pleasure to be with.
To join them on their trekking expeditions, contact:
Amit Bhadouria: 9819299164
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