Important parts of walking shoes
I will analyze, with a little more detail, the different parts that can have in any shoes for walking and thus try to clarify some concepts that will help us choose the most appropriate model for our needs.
Cane (or bridge)
The bridge is part of the boot that holds our ankles. There are models of low (hiking shoes), and medium and high boots.
The more rugged the terrain on which we intend to walk, higher cane footwear should be chosen to avoid possible risk to protect our ankles from sprains and abrasions. If we are prone to get this type of injury or if our weight is huge, we should also opt for a model of high boots regardless of terrain to navigate.
If we are going to walk mainly on forest tracks and land in very good condition, it may be appropriate to choose trail shoe, a type of low shoe, which is more lightweight and flexible with a tie rod with a thicker sole that are more resistant compared to conventional shoe.
If you are going to walk on walking trails on loose stones, between branches and weeds, you should choose a mid-cut boot.
If we walk off trail (what is known as trekking) and even do some little climbing, we should opt undoubtedly for a knee-high boots.
The sole is the most important part of our footwear. Regardless of the season or the site, chosen for the practice of trekking, the sole of any shoe for walking should always be fitted with non-slip pads.
There are different standards based on proprietary trademarks. One of the most prestigious recognized soles are Vibram soles, which incorporate with many brands in the industry, or the Contagrip soles (very similar). This is one of the elements that is needed to distinguish quality of new balance walking shoes to sport in specific.
Special features and details of Vibram
As earlier discussed, the soles are provided with a drawing to eject mud and small stones easily which preserves the grip. They are highly resistant to abrasion and THEREFORE very durable soles. They also have areas of different hardness and density to absorb allowing impacts on the tip or heel which is essential to prevent us from loading on the thighs and knees.
The design of both the tip and heel help to avoid slipping and ensures adequate grip on both uphill and downhill to avoid slipping. Finally, the sides of these soles are generally designed to prevent accidents caused by sprains and uneven terrain.