Why getting the right walking boots at the right time is essential expedition preparation.
Choosing the best walking boot for your expedition is crucial. It pays to look around and work out what’s right for you. Get your boots early as they must be worn in and comfortable in time for your expedition practice.
Leather walking boots will cost you more, and are usually more sturdy and longer-lasting. Fabric boots are lighter, cheaper, and a good option if your feet are still growing. You should also consider how frequently you will use them after your expedition and how long for.
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All Duke of Edinburgh’s Award recommended boots are waterproof, and have high ankle support and high grip soles. They are available for girls and for boys. Ideally, get a FREE professional fitting at your nearest GO Outdoors, Blacks, Millets, Ultimate Outdoors or Tiso store (Scotland only).
Along with your walking boots, getting the right socks for your expedition can make a huge difference. You should never wear cotton socks on an expedition. Walking socks are designed to minimise blisters with padding and moisture protection fabric.
Different weights of socks are designed for different weathers. A mid-weight sock will be suitable the whole year round, but a lightweight sock might be more comfortable in hot months. Liner socks are worn inside, and reduce rubbing even more.
Bridgedale WoolFusion Trekker Midweight
Bridgedale WoolFusion Trail Lightweight
Bridgedale Coolmax Liner sock
All Duke of Edinburgh’s Award recommended socks and liners have technical fibres to support and absorb moisture from your feet. They are available for girls and for boys.
Whilst buying good walking boots and socks might seem expensive, it’s really important to make sure you’re comfortable during your expedition. And there are lots of ways to keep your costs down:
For DofE Adults’ discounts, click here.