How to take care of your hiking boots

Washing & Cleaning your boots for walking

How to care for your walking boots


Oh, I wish I’d looked after me boots!


Written by Gillian Duggan

We all know that walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy so we should take care of our feet, after all, they bear the brunt of all this movement.

Both feet (combined) make up for 25% of the body’s bones, 18% of joints and 6% of the muscles.

If your feet aren’t comfortable, the motion and pressure will not only leave your feet sore but can also affect your knees, hips and entire spine over time.

Do you give your feet the attention and care they deserve?

Let’s start with your walking boots, they really are an important piece of your kit and should be respected.  A little boot TLC will go a long way!

Best types of boots for walking in Ireland:

For walking in Ireland, generally speaking, we suggest three types of boots ie Suede or Nubuck, full grain leather or fabric, usually Gore-Tex.

My preference has always been for Suede/Nubuck boots on the basis that I thought Gore-Tex boots couldn’t cope with Irish bogs.  Yet my best friend prefers a pair of lightweight Salomon Gore-Tex fabric boots which she swears are still waterproof but then she cares for them religiously.


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