Spring is here! And that means it's time for new hiking boots and walking shoes.

If you're looking to get out of the house for some safe & healthy activity, why not go for a hike or a walk? Vermont is full of wonderful trails, and whether you prefer an uphill climb or a stroll along a lake, we're confident that you'll find the perfect trail for you. The weather is taking a turn to longer, sunnier days. The birds are chirping, the wildlife in the woods is stirring, and after a winter cooped up inside - you're itching to get some fresh air and take in the beautiful views. All you need now, is new hiking boots and walking shoes!

What to look for in new hiking boots and walking shoes:

What you need in a hiking boot or a walking shoe will depend on factors like the terrain of your route, the weather, your feet, and your level of activity. In general, keep your eye out for these key features:

  • Waterproofing or Water-Resistance for dry feet:
    It can be wet out there! If you're on a hike and a rain storm rolls through, or you have to cross a stream or river, you're going to want footwear that can stand up to the water and keep your feet dry and warm. This will ensure that you stay comfortable all day long, no matter what weather you encounter.

  • Breathability for temperature and odor regulation:
    If you're on a long hike or walk, your feet are going to sweat. It happens! That doesn't mean your shoes can't do some work for you by allowing the release of moisture and odor. With breathable hiking boots and walking shoes, you'll stay as dry and clean as possible.

  • Cushioning for support and comfort:
    When you set out for a day-long adventure, you want to know that your boots and shoes are providing all the support you need. If your footwear isn't providing proper support and cushioning, you could end your day with a twisted ankle, or just very sore feet! Make sure that your new boots and shoes have features that provide you the comfort you'll need when you're on rough terrain all day.

  • Gripping soles for traction in any terrain:
    Speaking of rough terrain, traction and grip is very important in a new pair of hiking boots or walking shoes, especially if you're planning to go off the beaten path. Certain boots are better than others when it comes to really sticky, gripping traction. Make sure you find the pair that fit your needs, or you could slip and fall! With the right hiking boots and walking shoes, you'll step confidently all day long, even when the ground under you is uneven, wet, or muddy.

There are many other features of boots and shoes that hikers and outdoor adventurers might consider when making a decision, including ease-of-cleaning, safety toes, price, and style! To find the best new hiking boots for your needs, check out any of our stores, or visit our men's and women's boots pages on our website today! Or, visit our pages for men's and women's athletic footwear & sneakers!

Hiking boots and shoes come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors, styles, and prices. Many different brands produce them, including Columbia, KEEN, The North Face, and so much more! One brand we would like to highlight is Merrell - newly added to our website, and trusted by outdoor enthusiasts for decades. You can check out our Merrell brand page here, and check in with us often, since we are adding new styles daily!

Stay active, stay safe, and enjoy your next Spring hike with some new hiking boots and walking shoes from Lenny's!

March 24, 2020 — Ryan Sogge

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