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It is common knowledge that good shoes can make a world of difference in your everyday comfort. They can straighten posture, reduce walking fatigue, and of course serve as one of the first treatments to all manner of foot deformities.
A bad shoe can mean blisters and obstructed blood flow to the feet, causing painful sores and blisters and making it hard to remain on your feet for even brief amounts of time.
All of this goes double for the outdoor community. In deep woods or mountains, your feet are not your first method of transportation, they are your only method.
Shoes will take more of a beating than any other clothing while on long treks. Leading outdoor enthusiasts, as a community, have developed some of the most advanced boots around, aiming to make them comfortable enough for extended trips and sturdy enough for continual off-road work the whole time.
Hunters need to have all this and more in mind. Their boots will likely be heading through the mud and brush of areas frequented by wildlife, and need to be light and soft enough not to alert a potential prize.
Hunters will often find themselves needing to move farther from home than the average hiker to seek out a game. They can easily find themselves needing to move by foot into inaccessible areas to track a wounded animal.
With these and many more considerations in play, it should come as a surprise to no one that hunters take more care than most choosing their boots. Here are five of the top picks for hunters over the past year.
This boot uses some of the most advanced materials in the field to improve versatility.
What We Don’t Like About Lowa Tibet GTX
These boots are too short in the ankle for deep marsh or wading.
Speed-lacing and D-ring lace retention
Comfortable tongue and collar
Suitable for several outdoor uses
Heavy padding can make sizing difficult
Not tall enough for swamp or marsh hunting
These boots are tough enough for long trips and light enough not to hold you back from bagging your prize. Make sure to choose ones suitable for your intended terrain, and try them on with your socks to get an accurate fit.