Trekking shoes are one of the essential equipment when it comes to trekking in India, especially in the Himalayas. It can break or make your trek, especially while trekking in the high altitude regions of the Himalayas. Your dream walk boots will synchronize with where and how you walk. But you must also be certain that they're a perfect fit before you tie the knot.
Trekking shoe is very different from your normal running or sports shoes. There are a lot of features in the shoe that help you get through different kinds of terrain, weather and support your feet and ankle while you walk.
Good grip and traction for all different kinds of terrains without slippage
Built material which helps protect your feet from getting hurt/ twisted
Waterproofing for different kinds of weather
Durability and usage for a long period of time
Cushioning, comfort and breathability for long hour hiking/trekking
Factors to keep in mind before buying a trekking shoe?
The kind of terrain on which you will be trekking ie. paved trail or uneven rocky terrain.
Duration or the number of days you would be using the shoes ie weekend treks vs expeditions
Weather conditions on the trek ie. monsoon trek vs snow trek
The weight you will be carrying on you Ie. backpack weight
So there are 3 types of shoes you can buy from the market. Hiking shoes which are less expensive and good for short hikes, trekking shoes for a high altitude trek for a week to 10 days and expedition boots for multiple days high altitude with shock resistance and extreme weather.
This table illustrates and compares the shoes you can buy depending on the different factors like terrain, weather, duration, the weight of the backpack and your budget.
Terrain: If you are trekking on a well-paved hiking trail like Kheerganga or Nag Tibba this is the shoes you can get as there is less chance of ankle twisting or your foot getting hurt due to harsh terrain.
Weather: Buy hiking shoes when you are trekking in summers or dry weather as they are made of breathable material but not advisable for rainy or snow trails as they are not waterproof.
Duration: Buy hiking shoes if you are going for a day hike or couple of days trek with small backpacks and less duration of walking through the day
Weight of the backpack: Weight of the backpack should be less as hiking shoes are made of flexible soles and low cut with no ankle support.
Key features and distinction of Hiking Shoes
Low cut with no ankle support
Price is around 2000 to 3500 range
Some brands available in India: Quechua, Forclaz, Adidas, Soloman, Woodland
Terrain: If you are trekking on an uneven/rocky trail like Hampta pass or Sar Pass you have to get a trekking shoe which will give you more ankle and feet support as it is made of stiffer construction.
Weather: This is a shoe for all weather as it is waterproof and can be bought when going on a snow trek or monsoon trek.
Duration: If you are going on multiple day hikes/treks you can get these as it helps reduce the burden on feet and ankles
Weight of the backpack: On multiple day hikes/treks, the load of the bag will be much more so the stiffer material gives your leg muscles the support it requires.
Key Features and distinctions of Trekking Shoes
Heavier/stiffer material for toe and feet support
Mid-rise ankle support
Good anti-slip outer sole
Price is around 4000 to 6500 range
Some brands available in India: Quechua, Woodland, Wildcraft, Solomon
Terrain: These boots are suitable for high altitude expeditions for multiple days as they provide high rise ankle and leg support
Weather: These boots are great for any type of weather mostly during extreme cold weather as they have extra insulation for your feet.
Duration: If you are going on a long expedition choose these boots for ankle and leg support as well as comfort
Weight of the backpack: Expeditions will require you to wear heavy clothing and a backpack which in turn puts a lot of pressure on the feet. With good ankle and leg muscle support and slip resistance features will keep your feet intact.
High rise for ankle and leg support
Anti slip resistant
Good insulation for extreme weather
The price range will be INR 10000 to 5000
Some brands available in India: Dynafit, La Sportiva
The trekking shoe has three main components to its construction: The upper, midsole, and the outsole.
The best way to ensure longevity, safety and comfort are to have leather shoes. Aesthetics and waterproofing are influenced by the form of timber. A few options are available in leather: whole grain, pigskin, and split leather.
But you can use synthetic leather with the same versatility as leather if you want your shoes to be a vegan option.
"Sole is a shoe's spirit" Hey! It is in the sole that a shoe is comfortable and stable. This keeps the shoes comfortable and coats the feet. Therefore, it is difficult for a sole to shield you on rough, rocky terrain from an abrasive shock. EVA (Ethylene-vinyl acetate) and polyurethane are the most popular materials you can find in your sole.
The lug patterns of your shoes at the bottom determine your grip on mountain trekking. It facilitates your journey by gravel, trail, or ground. The deeper and denser the pattern of the lug, the more it tracts your feet.
The elevated area of the heel at the foot of your shoe, also known as the brake, reduces your chance of descending steeply.
These are some of the best trekking shoes available in India with an average rating of most than 4 out of 5 by customers. We have crafted this list after much research and testing and comparing more than 60+ shoes by different brands like Solomon, Quechua, Wildcraft, Adidas, Columbia, and Woodland on different websites like Amazon, Decathlon store, Flipkart and Wildcraft stores. The price range of these trekking shoes is from INR 3000 to INR 13500 (prices may vary according to time, this list was updated in June 2020).
With refined design and comfort, this is an excellent shoe from Quechua. Waterproof and all-weather shoes with reasonable comfort.
Hiking is all-weather for beginners
Full length cushioning for comfort
Waterproof upto 8km on water upto middle
Ankle support for more significant support on rocky terrain
Good grip on wet and muddy terrain
Good quality and fitting
Waterproof and all-weather shoe
Durable and tough for Himalayan treks
Good grip and ankle support
30.00% polyurethane (PU), 30.00% polyester (PES), 40.00% polyamide (PA) lining
Shock absorbent for use in any terrain
Suede leather for durability and longer wearability
Mesh and soft lining for comfort
Protective rubber on the toe area for extra protection
Superb quality for long-lasting in all-terrain
Good grip on road, mud and rocks including wet surfaces
Breathable material to give legs the cooling from inside
Very strong and durable
A bit on the expensive side
Anti Skid sole for grip
Toe cap for extra protection on rough terrain
Oil acid and heat resistance
Lightweight with good grip
Inexpensive to the pocket
High ankle for extra support
Leather material for comfort and stylish
Durable for rocky terrain
Leather and textile uppers to give a great look
An all-weather shoe with a certain level of waterproofing
Extremely comfortable wear with excellent cushioning
Lightweight and easy on the feet
Durable for all-terrain
Inexpensive and worth the money
Not fully waterproof
Redmond mid-ankle support
Waterproof and breathability with microscopic pores
TECHLITE lightweight midsole for enhanced performance
Suede leather and mesh for durability and breathability
Lightweight yet sturdy for different terrains
Waterproof material for all-weather
Suede leather and mesh for breathability
No proper ankle support
SUEDE LEATHER, MESH AND WEBBING
Newton Ridge plus Leather outer material for harsh conditions
Omni grip for traction and stability with extra grip
TECHLITE lightweight for cushioning and performance
Shock absorption and waterproof
Stylish and comfortable for all-terrain
Waterproof for all-weather terrain
Good grip and stability while walking on rocky terrain
MESH TEXTILE, LEATHER UPPER
40.0% Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) 82.0% Polyester (PES) 18.0% Polyurethane (PU)
1200 GRAMS APPROX
FULL GRAIN LEATHER
FULL GRAIN LEATHER
50% Polyester 30.0% Leather Bovine, 20.0% Polyurethane