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26m walk for charity plus training for it..can anyone suggest footwear? No clue about walking boots etc..

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StartAllOver Thu 14-Jul-11 20:50:59

rambled enough in the title(no pun intended) so yeah..any help?

KarenHL Thu 14-Jul-11 20:53:44

I use Merrell brand hiking boots. Never failed me yet. DH swears by wearing two pairs of thick socks. Wear your boots in first, eg wear as much as possible before you go. Pack compeed plasters, just in case.

Bought my Merrells from Milletts, for our honeymoon nine years ago. Still going strong.

kayah Thu 14-Jul-11 20:57:04

Is good to wash feet, dry them (and let them dry before putting on socks)
when walking nd you know you stop for 30-45 min I like to take boots and socks off to air them and walk bare feet on a bit of a grass if possible

make sure toenails are clipped regularly too smile

jenniec79 Thu 14-Jul-11 20:57:56

Go to a decent walking/camping shop and they'll fit you out properly.

Socks are just as important as the boots - I tend to go for a thin inner pair with thicker "walking" socks over the top (don't skimp, and make sure natural fibres as will wick sweat away)

Take spares of both sorts of socks.

Wear them in well.

StartAllOver Thu 14-Jul-11 21:03:23

I am a total ammature at this and dont even own a pair of trainers at present confused still very determined tho!!

So..would i go up a size in footwear if i'm wearing 2 pairs of socks?

Thank you

rubyrubyruby Thu 14-Jul-11 21:05:00

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Rooble Thu 14-Jul-11 21:07:07

Go to a proper walking shop and explain to them what you will be doing. At our local shop (we are in the Peak District, what about you?) they will measure your feet properly, they know which brands of boot fit which shapes of feet best and will advise. They have a little slope, so you can see how the boots feel going up and down hill. I have extremely wide feet and have leather Scarpas. They have been fantastic boots, extremely supportive and v comfortable and much lighter than I expected leather boots to be. Buy the best boots you can afford.
Wear the boots while you are training so they're properly broken in and your feet are used to them by the time you do your walk. And wear proper socks, too.
Take your training really seriously. Do lots and lots of practice walks, short ones initially, then building up. Try and do some walks on similar terrain to the 26 miler - doing lots of circuits of a flat city park is no preparation for hillwalking. Even if it involves having to have a weekend away, it's worth it.
(my dh used to be a Mountain Rescue volunteer; they would despair of people turning up underprepared, then getting injured, or having to drop out due to exhaustion -> whole team having to drop out).
PS good on you, that is a big walk! I hope it goes really well. When are you doing it?

StartAllOver Thu 14-Jul-11 21:09:41

Its a mixed terrain, some flat pathways, across fields, hills and forrests...and now i've put it like that i realise what i'm in for!!

Rooble Thu 14-Jul-11 21:11:45

Startallover - don't worry about the size, worry about how they feel when you try them on. Agree with jenniec about the thinner ones underneath and natural fibres

LakeFlyPie Thu 14-Jul-11 21:12:42

I think it definitely depends whether it's pavement / roadwalking or cross country.

If hard even surfaces you'd probably be best off with air / gel soled trainers i.e. same as those you'd run in.

If uneven / muddy / wet terrain then sturdier shoes or boots would be needed.

Good luck.

StartAllOver Thu 14-Jul-11 21:19:51

oh crap!!

Thank you all for your advice!

Its not til 9th oct and i've been doing some practice walks for past month or so(building up the lengths) did 6 miles in flip flops and 9 miles in little plimsols and would like to get some proper footwear before my next go!

And thank you for the encouragement too, people seem to be laughing out loud and dismissing it when i tell them its so annoying!!

Petalouda Thu 14-Jul-11 21:23:13

Just to add to the good advice: the best walking/camping shop for footwear is Cotswold Outdoor.

They're the only ones who specially train their staff to fit & reccommend footwear for all types of use.

They should take at least an hour with you. Take a whole bunch of foot measurements, ask you how & where you intend to use them. Ask about any ankle/knee/hip issues. They'll use extra insoles, heel support, tongue thingys (my knowledge is dwindling now!) to get a good fit. They can even stretch bits (I have a wide fore foot, for example).

They'll reccommend socks & tell you how to care for them. And they'll give you as much aftercare as you need.

DH used to work there, we still love them!

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