The Anatomy of the modern Hiking Shoe
Updated: Jun 23
A perfect balance of comfort, support, durability and purpose.
There is a lot of jargon surrounding the composite parts of Hiking Shoes and a lot of these terms come from the manufacturer’s themselves.
There are however some basic component parts for all shoes, so here's an overview to help you understand when making your choice for your new Hiking Shoes.
Stability and comfort has to come top of the list for any type of outdoor footwear, but waterproofing, protection, traction and breathability will also play a factor in your choice depending on the purpose of your activities; whether Hiking, Trail Running or Mountaineering, summer or winter.
The most popular materials manufacturer’s use:
UPPER: Leather, Gore-Tex, suede and synthetic fabrics
MIDSOLE: EVA and memory foam
OUTSOLE: Rubber and Vibram
Glossary of Terms
ARCH SUPPORT Sits with the Insole for support
EVA Ethel Vinyl Acetate (Foam) for comfort
EYELETS For laces, sometimes hooks are used
HEEL TAB For easy pull on
HEEL COLLAR For ankle comfort
HEEL COUNTER Supports the heel above the Midsole
INSOLE / FOOTBED Adds comfort and support
LACE GARAGE Small pocket on the tongue, provides a housing for your laces
LUGS Deep protrusions under the outsole for added traction
MIDSOLE For support and comfort with cushioning, absorbs shock
OUTSOLE Provides traction, protection and shock absorption
QUARTER PANEL Sides and heel section of upper
TOE BOX Front area of the shoe for the toes
TONGUE Sits under the lacing for comfort, and also keeps out debris
UPPER Protects and supports, keeps the foot in place within the shoe
VAMP Front and centre of the upper, covering the foot
VENTILATION HOLES Placed in upper
VIBRAM Vulcanized Rubber offers stability and support
I hope this article has been useful in your pursuit of your new Hiking Shoes!
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