If you’re the kind who can hike all year round then you’re probably in the clear for storing your boots. However, if you’re like many of us, winter can bring with it a hiatus from you’re hiking habit. When that happens, you’ll want to make sure that you can store you’re boots in a proper way so that they’ll be ready when spring comes around.
Where to Store Your Boots
Hiking boots can seem like an easy enough thing to store, but you’ll want to take care in where you put them. Attics can seem like a great place to put your clunky shoes, but be forewarned, attics can get very cold in the winter and hot during the summer. Any moisture left on your boots could freeze and the cold air can be hard on the laces and the material.
The basement is also a likely place to store your unused boots but they will get wet and the damp air and moisture could ruin the material and seals in your boots.
The best place to keep your boots is somewhere with moderate temperatures and air flow, so you’ll want to clear out a place in the closet where you would keep your other clothes.
Wear Your Boots: You went through all that time breaking your boots in, and you won’t want to lose that nice fit. So, you’ll want to be sure that you take a few hours every now and then to walk in your boots. Just like the break in period, around the house will be fine, but you will want to make sure your boots stay formed to your feet.
Keep Them Laced Up: You’ll want your boots to be laced up at all times, even when you’re not using them. This will help your boots to maintain their form.
Keep Them Conditioned: No matter the material of your boots, keep them conditioned. This will keep the material soft and supple, help maintain their form, and protect them from any moisture that they may absorb.
Hiking boots are a major investment for everyone who gets involved with hitting the trails. You’ll want to take care of your boots year round, even when you’re not using them. Remember to keep them dry, supple and ready to go, and your feet will thank you in return.