Here are the different factors you should consider in finding the best hiking shoes for your trip to Hawaii:
Make sure your hiking shoes are lightweight and not bulky. Heavy hiking shoes can tire your legs out and leave you sore the following day, especially on those longer trails in Hawaii.
It’s important that the are still good quality though, and not made from poor materials. Some of the lightweight hiking shoes are just mostly made of mesh and not even waterproof.
Traction and sole
When hiking the weather can be unpredictable especially in tropical climates. With no warning you can encounter big downpours of rain, making your trails slippy and potentially dangerous if you’re not careful.
Always check that your hiking shoes have a durable rubber sole with anti-slip and traction features. This will ensure no matter the conditions you and your family are safe.
Quality and materials
Don’t try and penny-pinch to save a little bit of money. For me, it’s worth paying that little bit more and guaranteeing your hiking shoes are good quality. Cheap alternatives are generally poorly made and you’ll end up replacing them every year, some won’t even last a moderate trail. Always get a good-quality pair of hiking shoes that are made to last!
As previously mentioned the weather can be unpredictable in Hawaii and the last thing you want is to be doing a long hiking trail with soggy shoes and socks. Please made sure your hiking shoes are waterproof, this will result in a much more enjoyable experience.
If you’re a beginner hiker something so small like this could ruin your whole day.
Look for hiking shoes with a breathable mesh upper, on those hot sticky days you want to allow airflow through the shoes and to your feet. This will prevent sweating and make your walking experience feel so much better.
Comfort and padding
There’s nothing worse than doing a long hike in a pair of shoes that are uncomfortable. I would recommend checking the sizes thoroughly, with some hiking shoes you have to order half a size bigger than you would normally, so always check the recommendations before buying.
Also, before your big trip, why not consider breaking your shoes in, and doing a few local hikes so your feet and get accustomed correctly.
Toe cap support
It might be a good idea to check for toe cap support, a lot of hiking shoes have this feature. The shoe will have a hard rubber protective toe cap which will protect your toes from getting stubbed on any rough terrain you might encounter.
Design and style
It’s not the be-all and end-all, but it feels good to look good. So, consider getting a pair of hiking shoes you actually like. If your after style then the Adidas hiking shoes are an excellent choice, but they’re also functional too. I’d always put quality over how they look, but that’s just me.
Value for money
Everyone wants to grab a bargain, but be sure that they are of good quality. Sometimes you get what you pay for! I’d always pay a little bit more to get a good pair of shoes that will last me, rather than paying for cheaper alternatives that I have to replace every time I go on a hike.