Don’t worry, there are a few things you can do to prevent blisters from forming. The first and most important thing you can do is choose the right hiking boots for your feet and for your type of hike. When shopping for hiking boots, a good fit is key. Your toes should have plenty of wiggle room and your ankles should have good support. The boot should fit snug around the ball of your foot while your heel stays in place. A floating heel is the main cause of blisters on a hike. Always try hiking boots on with your hiking socks to get an accurate feel for comfort and fit. We recommend specialist synthetic socks with breathable fabric that take away moisture. Make sure that your socks fit well and don’t slip up and down when you walk.
There are a wide variety of hiking boot styles, cuts and materials out there, and the best combination all depends on the type of terrain you’ll be hiking, so talk to the sales person about your trip and they will be able to make the best recommendations. Once you find the right pair, make sure you give yourself enough time to break them in properly. Keeping your feet dry is also important in preventing blisters, and it’s smart to pack two or three spare pairs of socks, so that you can change them if you happen to step in water.