Have you ever considered hiking the Appalachian trail?
The cool mountain air rustling your hair, the crisp springs bubbling in the background. One of my goals in life is to hike the Appalachian Trail.
With my new found love of minimalist shoes, I have been researching the best boots for such a project. I think Kuuva, by Feelmax, offers me a good alternative to traditional hiking boots. They offer the same benefits as the traditional boots, like ankle support and waterproofing, and minimalist shoes, like a zero drop heel and light-weight design.
These boots provide me with the closet barefoot experience possible. I’m not going to do complete barefoot because I am a wimp. I don’t like my feet getting dirty, I am far to use to comfort, and I’ve had too many pedicures for my feet to be tough enough to withstand months of barefoot hiking.
I have lots of respect for those that do hike barefoot. I recently read an interview with a woman thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail barefoot. It was rather inspiring and I felt like I could take on the whole trail barefoot myself. The hiker, who calls herself Walkabout, gave some great tips for attempting a barefoot thru-hike, but even she admitted that she has worn minimalist shoes at times. She cut her foot in Maine and had to wear shoes a little while during the healing process.
The best piece of advice she gave: Take the trail slowly when going barefoot. You can cross any terrain in your bare feet if you go slow enough. I would have the hardest time on the gravel.
For many hikers, using minimalist boots is difficult enough. However, the benefits of minimalism outweigh the difficulties. The reason you are hiking is to be closer to nature, and what better way to be closer to nature than to put as little modern technology between you and the terrain as possible. By using minimalist footwear, you will bring a whole new level to your hiking experience.
Do you think that you are hardy enough to take the trek barefoot? If you don’t, then try on a pair of the Kuuva. And even if you can do it barefoot, it’s always a good idea to have a backup.
If you want to read the full interview, follow this link via ToeSalad.com.