The right hiking boots

All you need to know when you need new hiking boots

They are available in all shapes and sizes. Whether for hiking in the high mountains, for ice climbing or for a trekking trip: hiking boots are pretty important in allowing you to walk in the mountains with confidence. A category system was invented in the 1970s. It divides mountain boots and hiking boots into classes. So you can find the perfect footwear for every outdoor pursuit.


What you need to know when buying hiking shoes, how to realise it’s time for a new pair, and what category you fall into will be revealed here!

The Meindl system: what’s the perfect shoe for your tour?

A, B or C? The easy to understand Meindl system devised by the Bavarian shoe manufacturer divides hiking boots into six categories. From leisure and hiking boots to expedition boots, it’s all included.

Category A: leisure and hiking boots, as well as speed hiking and approach shoes (because they are low a the ankle)

Category A/B: hiking boots

Category B: trekking boots

Category B/C: heavy trekking boots

Category C: mountain boots

Category D: mountain boots, expedition boots

If you stick to this system, you can choose your boots according to the type of activity you plan to do. As a guide: for newcomers it is advisable to chose a shoe from the higher categories. The boot is not only stronger, but also offers more safety for the ankle because of the height.

Everything worth knowing about mountain shoes

A mountaineering shoe will only fit like a glove once you’ve found the right size, shape and width for your foot. And like most shoes, you should not wear your new boots for the first time on a long tour. The boots have to be broken in first. You should also try on the correct socks when buying boots. Special hiking socks sit higher than normal socks and are reinforced at important locations on the foot. When made from merino wool or a blended fabric, the socks allow the feet to breathe and reduce perspiration in the shoe. And where there is no moisture blisters have no chance!

Tip: If you choose a leather shoe, it is important to widen the shoe and get it slightly wet. So the shoe will fit the foot faster.

How to: ensure the shoe fits snugly

Above all, the correct lacing technique for hiking boots is incredibly important to ensure the boot fits. The Eurohike team has already researched the best technique for you!

In addition to the perfect fit, it’s also important to know when you need a new pair of hiking boots. Not only classic signs of wear and tear indicate that it’s time for a new pair. The profile of the sole should also be taken into account. If the underside of the boot is already worn out, then your boot is no longer ideal for gripping gravely paths, and the risk of falling is higher.

Time for new hiking boots

Other important factors are the grip and fit. Shoes that are used often ease out at some point and are no longer able to give the necessary support for the foot. If that’s the case with your boots, then it’s time to invest in a new pair.

In principle, hiking equipment should always be up to date. Read here which items you should include in your arsenal. 


So you can see, the hiking boot is one of the most important items that make your hike a success. Because no mountaineer would like to head to the hills with aching feet!