Footwear is probably the most important consideration when you’re walking or hiking. The right large man shoes or boots can make the difference between an enjoyable walk and an uncomfortable, even painful one. There are several factors you should consider when choosing your boots including the terrain, the weather and your budget.
If you’re going to be walking in the hills or on uneven ground then a walking boot is recommended over a shoe. It’s easy to twist your ankle on uneven ground and a walking boot will provide better ankle support than shoes. If you’re walking on flat, even ground then you may prefer a walking shoe. Walking shoes or trainers can be less obtrusive on the ankle and allow for more flexibility in the foot.
You’ll also need to decide whether you want a leather or fabric design. Leather boots are heavier but will last for years if you care for them. They can feel stiff and unforgiving when new but will mould to your feet over time. Fabric boots are a lot comfier straight out of the box, are usually lighter and feel more like wearing trainers.
It’s also important to keep feet dry whilst out walking because moisture can cause discomfort and rubbing which can lead to blisters. There are two main reasons your feet could get damp: wet conditions and sweat. Look for boots that are waterproof and breathable as these will keep your feet dry.