It’s the start of the 2016 hiking season, and we’re celebrating with our favorite hiking shoe–the Merrell Moab. So what’s in a good hiking shoe? We’ll tell you all about it and how the Moab measures up below.
What to Look for in a pair of hiking shoes:
Breathability: You want a pair of shoes that you can spend a lot time in without overheating or creating a swampy, sweaty and uncomfortable environment for your feet–especially in the summer.
Water Protection: Depending on where you’re hiking, you can encounter wetlands, mud, or various bodies of water. Water-resistant or waterproof hiking shoes are great for tackling wet terrain and won’t hold you back if it rains.
Long-lasting comfort – Make sure that your hiking shoes are comfortable not just when you put them on, but also at the end of your hike.
Rugged outsole – you want an outsole that is going to hold grip in uneven terrain. Skip the road running shoes and look for something with a lugged outsole.
1. Great breathability thanks to uppers with just enough mesh to get air to your feet.
2. Depending on the style, the Merrell Moab series can have a combination of water-resistant or waterproof technologies, including: waterproof leather or synthetic material on the uppers, a GORE-TEX® waterproof membrane, or Merrell M Select™ DRY technology.
3. An air cushion in the heel, CMEVA cushion footframe, and odor control technologies offer long-lasting comfort on your hike.
4. A rugged, durable Vibram outsole has 5mm lugs and is ready to tackle tough terrain.
We’re celebrating the 2016 Hiking Season with the Merrell Moab, the number one hiking boot!
From now through May 7th, we’ll be focusing on the outdoors. Follow us on Twitter and stay tuned to #TSMTips for hiking tips and info, and stay tuned to the blog as well! Learn more about the Merrell Moab and why it’s one of our favorite shoes for hiking!
Our favorite way to connect with the earth is to get outside and enjoy nature whenever possible. We love to head out to our favorite trail on a Saturday morning and explore.
The 2016 Hiking Season is almost underway, and we’re getting ready to celebrate with the Merrell Moab! At TheShoeMart, we do our best to get to know our customers, and we want to know all about your favorite place to hike. We’d also like to get you out there in our favorite hiking shoe, so we’re giving away a pair of Merrell Moabs!
How To Enter TheShoeMart’s Merrell Moab Giveaway:
Find our entry post on Facebook. You can hunt it down yourself, or click here.
Leave a comment on the post telling us about your favorite hiking spot.
Each person who comments will receive one entry into a raffle for a pair of Merrell Moabs! (Easy, right?)
Make sure you read the rules below!
Official Giveaway Rules:
You must comment on the original Facebook post to enter. One entry per person. Winner will be randomly chosen from the entries.
This contest is USA only.
Winner can choose from the qualifying Merrell Moabs in stock when their prize is claimed. Qualifying styles: J88623, J88623W, J87323, J88621, J86595, J86595W, J24441. (Excludes Moab Rover and Moab Polar styles)
This giveaway is not sponsored, supported, organized, or connected in any way by Facebook. By entering this giveaway, you agree to fully release Facebook from any liability.
Entries will be accepted through 4/29/2016. A winner will be drawn on Monday, May 2nd.
We know not everyone is easy to shop for, so this holiday season, we’re giving you 12 days worth of gift ideas!
We know the modern person wants more experiences, not more stuff–so we like to sell items that help make experiences more memorable. Perfect for your outdoorsy friend, hiking shoes from Merrell and Timberland are rugged and reliable. Keep them warm in winter styles or pick them up something for next summer’s camping or hiking trip. They’ll thank you for making their next adventure more comfortable and worry-free.
Merrell Shoes offer a lot of options–from breathable summer hiking shoes to warm, waterproof hiking boots for the winter, even for women. You’re sure to find something for a friend that loves being outdoor any time of year!
These Timberland shoes and boots are perfect for hiking. Waterproof uppers, rugged soles, and iconic style meet Timberland reliability for a pair of boots they’ll wear on and off the trails.
Breathability is important because feet that can’t breathe will sweat, producing moisture that will make your feet get cold! Your feet sweat even when they’re cold, so carry an extra pair of socks and swap them out.
2. Know your materials.
When it comes to warmth, what makes up your sock or shoe lining is way more important than how thick it is.
Cotton = Cold ! Cotton easily gets wet, especially if your feet are sweating. And once cotton gets damp, it no longer keeps its warmth. That means frozen toes! Cotton socks have their place, but being outside in cold, damp or wet conditions requires something else.
Wool = Warm ! Merino wool is our favorite material for cold-weather socks, because the wool fibers manage moisture and regulate temperature naturally. It’s also less itchy when compared to other wool materials. You’ll find Merino wool in our SmartWool and Darn Tough Socks.
3. Layer Up
Sometimes one sock isn’t enough to do the job. Instead of picking one heavy weight sock, it’s usually better to start with a lightweight, moisture-wicking sock (liner sock) and then add a wool sock on top. If you’re heading out in seriously cold temperatures, your best bet is to use three layers–a lightweight moisture-wicking sock under a lightweight wool sock, with a medium to heavy wool sock on top.
When layering, it’s important to make sure that your feet are still comfortable. If your shoes or socks are fitting too tightly, skip the extra layer. Too much pressure on your foot will cut off circulation to your toes, which can be dangerous in some conditions and defeats the purpose of wearing multiple socks to keep your feet warm. You want enough space that you have a layer of warm air between your socks and your shoes–enough space to wiggle your toes easily in socks.
4. Add some sole.
A wool or sheepskin insole will keep you warm in cool weather. Most winter boots have a thick sole to prevent too much conduction on cold surfaces. The further away your feet are from the cold ground, the warmer they will be. Look for antimicrobial technologies that keep your feet dry, comfortable, and odor-free!
Make sure to pull out liners and insoles when you take your boots off so that they dry properly!
5. Foot Warmers
You can always buy foot warmers to keep in your shoes, but there are a few other ways to warm up your feet at home. You can make your own footwarmer out of fleece material filled with rice or flax seed. Pop it into the microwave and then wrap it around your feet. You can also fill a water bottle with hot water and then roll it under your feet. Make sure you have socks on or that there is a layer over the water bottle to protect your feet. For more foot warming ideas, see our Pinterest Board: Cozy Toes.