This is the best footwear for trekking
What trekking shoes do the experts recommend?
If we take a look on the internet using the Google search engine, we will see a large amount of information about which footwear is the most suitable for a long alpine, Pyrenean or piquista trek (Picos de Europa). The information varies from that provided by the companies that offer the Tour of Mont Blanc or the Matterhorn to that provided by sponsors who have tested a specific model. In the latter cases, the comments are usually too friendly towards the manufacturer and not very objective, being excessively oriented or conditioned to quickly convince the reader and thus win a customer. Be wary of any material test that does not include several drawbacks of a product or that has a very high score in all fields: comfort, stability, breathability, lightness, longevity ...
José Eladio Sánchez, high mountain guide for the ONAS company, clarifies: “Light trekking boots are usually the most recommended footwear for this type of activity. The roads are good and in the rare points that are reached 2,500 or 2,700 meters with snow, the guides are informed and we make an alternative detour ». Lidia Herrero, a Madrid guide also with international accreditation, clarifies when we ask her: "For me the most important thing is that it be a semi-rigid shoe, not too hard, not too soft, and to wear a lot of Compeed!" and she confesses “I usually prefer sneakers on my feet, but that is not a general recommendation for everyone”. Another highly experienced mountaineer and editor of books on mountain tours is the Asturian Alberto Boza. It affects the fact that “We can find slopes in Spain much more important than in a trek in the Himalayas. For someone not very accustomed, the 9,000 meters of accumulated unevenness to cross the three massifs of Picos de Europa can involve a considerable effort of 8 or 9 days; not to be taken lightly. '