For decades, hunters have been searching for big hunting boots built to survive whatever nature had in store. Typically, they featured a rugged leather upper for water resistance and durability and a stiff sole intended to prevent the feet from wrapping around rocks, roots, and branches and run a little higher than ankle or mid-calf. However, the advancements in technology and materials prompted the development of lightweight hunting shoes.
Hunting Boots vs. Hunting Shoes
Hunting shoes are just as good as boots, but their best application differs. Nothing beats hunting boots when it comes to traveling in complex rocky terrains and damp environments because a stiff sole and a tall upper provide the support necessary for uneven terrains. Besides, tall insulated boots for winter hunts keep your feet warmer and protect them from snow.
Hunting shoes, on the other hand, are the best for warm and hot weather hunting, high-output spot-and-stalking, and hunting in flat country with easier terrain because they have a sneaker design and, thus, are lighter and more flexible.
How to Choose the Best Shoes for Hunting
The things to look for in the best hunting shoes are breathability, water resistance, shock absorption, and anti-slip sole. We advise thinking twice before buying completely waterproof hunting shoes. Good thing that they don’t allow any water in. Considerably reduced breathability is a bad thing. Better look for shoes made with a quick-drying, breathable fabric with mesh.
You also want shoes featuring EVA foam or any other cushioning material that absorbs shock. It’s vital because shoes have flexible soles and no shanks that soften impacts. Finally, you need an outsole with a pattern that ensures better traction, made with a material that prevents slipping on wet and muddy uneven surfaces.
Women’s & Men’s Hunting Shoes for Sale
We carry all hunting gear an avid hunter may need, including hunting shoes loaded with various performance-enhancing features. We also offer an array of hiking shoes you can use for hunting. Shop for the best hunting footwear at GRITR Outdoors.