How to choose the right trekking shoes

Buying the right pair of trekking shoes is not difficult if you follow four basic points. The sole plays a big role, and so does ankle support. In this video, Swathi will tell you exactly how to choose the right shoe, by pointing out the do’s and dont’s while buying shoes.

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Swathi Chatrapathy is a journalist from Bangalore. She heads the content team at Indiahikes and runs a video show called Trek With Swathi. Writing, reading and trekking are up there on her list of favourite things!

37 thoughts on “How to choose the right trekking shoes

    1. Hi Saurabh, I am assuming the running shoes don’t have ankle support. It is not just grip that you would need on this trek. You absolutely need ankle support for a trek like Hampta Pass. I suggest you get Forclaz series- Forclaz 500 or 600 would last you good amount of Himalayan treks. 🙂

    1. Hi Sandeep, They dont look very breathable. I wouldn’t recommend them for a trek. Why don’t you go for something like Forclaz 500 High? They are great for snow and for non-snow treks. Better investment. 🙂

    1. Hi Avinash, They seem to have a very low ankle. I suggest you get a hiking shoe with a high ankle support. Something like Forclaz 500 High would be a great investment. 🙂

  1. Hi,
    For the Everest Base Camp trek, which of the following Quechua trekking boots would you recommend:

    Thanks 🙂

  2. Hi

    I am going for the Har ki Dun trek this September end. Could you suggest which shoes would be good for this?

    I saw 2 options on Decathlon. Forclaz 100 and 500. Apart from these are there any other choices?


    1. Hi Vishal these options you’ve seen would be your best options. You could also check out shoes by Wildcraft. They are more expensive, but they are good. But Forclaz has been tried and tested by our trekkers and most of them vouch for it.

    1. Hi Mudita, these shoes will not do for the Kashmir Great Lakes trek. They are, as you have said, running shoes and not trekking shoes. You will need a good pair of trekking shoes with high ankle support and also good grip. Go for the Forclaz series by Quechua or the Amphibia series by Wildcraft.

  3. Hi,
    I am going for dayra bugyal in June , sandakphu in October and many more treks in the following years.
    Can you please suggest which trekking shoe would fit me the best.?

    1. Hi Rishabh
      The Forclaz 100 will be a good buy. Incase it is not in your budget you could also go in for the Arpenaz 50. But since you are planning to go on many treks I would suggest you go for the Forclaz 100.

  4. Swati ma’am are Hi-tec boots nice for trekking like I have this below two options tell me which should I prefer
    1 )Hi-Tec Men s Trail Ox Winter 200g Waterproof-M Snow Boot

    2)Hi-Tec Men’s Trail OX Chukka I Waterproof-M Hiking Boot

    3)Forclaz 500
    Are this best for October to may treks?

  5. Madam,
    Within 1500 is there any good trekking shoe ? apart from Quechua and Wildcraft. I will do a trek with India Hikes soon. Quechua Arpenaz 50 is waterproof ? Can I use it in rain ? Please reply me

    1. Hello Aniruddha
      You can use the Arpenaz 50 for a winter trek. Many trekkers have used it on a winter trek so it should work just fine for you.

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