Trek v/s Sports Shoes: Best for Trekkers

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Are you wondering if you can make do with your sports shoes for your trek? Then this blog is for you. Today, we’re comparing trekking shoes with sports shoes i.e. trek v/s sports shoes, and by the end of the blog, you’ll know which shoe you need for your trek.

Here are points for Trek v/s Sports Shoes:

1) Grip, Trek v/s Sports Shoes

a) Trek Shoes

Grip, Trek v/s Sports Shoes

So let’s first look at the grip on these shoes. Now, if you look at the sole of the Trek shoe, you’ll see deep grooves on the sole. These are actually meant to give you a good grip on different surfaces. When you’re on the trek, you’re likely to be trekking on loose mud, loose soil, boulders, maybe snow or ice, so that is where this comes in handy. There’s a lot of detailing in the sole. This is specifically for the grip that you need.

b) Sports Shoes

Grip, Trek v/s Sports Shoes

In the running shoes, on the other hand, the sole does not have very deep grooves. It’s a lot flatter. So this is actually meant for flatter terrain where you’re running on tar roads, cement may be mud roads, but it’s meant for flat terrain and not for very rough use. So, look at the grip of the shoe before you’re buying it because that’s very important for your trek.

2) Ankle Support

a) Trek Shoes

Ankle Support

The 2nd point is ankle support. Now, the Trek shoes have very good ankle support. It covers almost the entire ankle when you will wear it and that kind of restrains the movement of the ankle. It does not allow the ankle to twist especially when you are descending on uneven terrain or even ascending, that’s extremely important on a trek because a twisted ankle can actually end your trek.

b) Sports Shoes

Ankle Support

Running shoes, on the other hand, do not have ankle support, they end just before your ankle. These are actually meant to give you more flexibility when you’re running or walking so that you have that ankle movement that you need during that action. So this is not really going to protect your ankle from twists or anything. It gives you more flexibility.

3) Thickness and Hardness of Sole, Trek v/s Sports Shoes

a) Trek Shoes

Thickness and Hardness of Sole, Trek v/s Sports Shoes

Next, let’s take a look at the thickness and the hardness of the sole. If you take the Trek shoes, the sole is pretty thick. But how hard is it? So on your trek, you don’t want something that’s too hard, that it’s too rigid, but you don’t want it too soft, that it actually collapses with the weight of your body every day.

To test the hardness of the sole. For this, you can just take something like a key and tap the soul and listen for the noise. The sound should not be something that’s too shallow, if you hit football studs, you hear a very shallow sound. You don’t want that when you’re doing that with trekking shoes.

b) Sports Shoes

Thickness and Hardness of Sole, Trek v/s Sports Shoes

On the other hand, the running shoes, the sole is not as sturdy or thick as trekking shoes. It is very flexible, but it’s not very hard or it’s more cushion. So you can listen to the sound of the running shoes, too. You’ll see that the sound is a lot more diminished because there’s a lot more cushioning in the running shoes, it’s not as hard as a trekking shoe.

So it’s not meant to take your body weight, especially with your backpack and things for so many days in a row. In fact, if you trek with these shoes for two-three days itself, we’ll find that the sole is becoming a lot more flatter. That’s because of the kind of cushioning used in this sole and in this sole, they’re very different. So, watch out for the sole, for the hardness, the thickness, you’ll need the thickness for a long Himalayan trek. Because it has some padding for insulation and everything. Running shoes will not last you many days on a trek.

4) Water Resistance

a) Trek Shoes

 Water Resistance

Next, we look at water resistance. This is extremely important on a Himalayan trek because you could be trekking in rain, you can be trekking in snow. Or even crossing boulders over streams. So, these Trek shoes, have a water-resistant coating on top. Where they spray a certain water-resistant coating and inside it also has a waterproof membrane. So it will actually last you for many hours while you’re trekking in snow or rain, not letting your feet get wet or cold.

b) Sports Shoes

 Water Resistance

The running shoes, on the other hand, have no water-resistant coating at all. Nothing to do with the water in the shoes so if you can step in a puddle or a pothole more likely. It is going to get wet and that’s not going to be very helpful on a trek. So, look out for these four points, that is, the grip on the sole, the ankle support, the hardness and thickness of the sole. And also the water resistance.

These four points are very important for your trek. You need these on a long Himalayan trek do need that weight when you’re going on a long Himalayan trek because you do have your backpack on your back, so these shoes actually stand that weight.

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