How to select the best Footwear TYPE for Bikepacking, Backpacking and Hiking
There is no perfect footwear solution if you are hiking or riding on varied terrain. An important factor in the comfort of your expedition, particularly if you are a senior, will not only be your footwear type and footwear fit but also your general foot health before you set off.
Your footwear will be one of the most important pieces of kit you take with you on an expedition, do your research and buy the best you can afford
You can find a video below describing a small routine I do to nurse my feet back into long distance riding and hiking condition. It is crucial to set-off with your feet in tip-top condition, and know of and be able to mitigate any injuries or conditions you are nursing.
If you can afford to take professional advice from a Podiatrist, then that would be the optimum way forward, diagnosing yourself can leave room for error
Do you need a special insole?
If you don't already know what type of arch you have, it's worth finding out. Knowing this will give you an idea as to whether you need to replace your chosen shoe insert for a more appropriate one. You may even be able to select your chosen shoe with the correct insert and also correct sole to suit your feet off the shelf
To see what type of arch you have, do the following:
Place a piece of cardboard on hard ground such as tiles, approx. 2 metres long
Place your feet in a bowl of water
Shake off the excess water