In an earlier post I discussed the benefits of keeping your feet warm (or cool) and dry as an essential part of your foot care when hiking long distances. In this post we are going to address the next element in keeping your feet happy. While I have not historically been a big fan of boots, some locations require good ankle support and waterproofing. As I am known to do, I did some research and settled on the Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot.
That picture above is me, in Moab, during a long day in the desert. You'll recognize my People Socks and those are the boots. Tough, comfortable, stable, and they required very little 'break-in' time. In fact, I'd consider spending a long day with a new pair of boots to be risky behavior, but let me say that my feet faired very well with no blisters or rubbing. If lesser socks were worn, then maybe the boots wouldn't have been as comfortable, but like I said, these two items are a match made in heaven. As far as long term wear and durability, I'll have to keep you posted. These are headed to Iceland with me in just a few days.