Planning to do lots of hiking on your travels? Thinking of investing in some expensive walking shoes?

Before you go spending your hard-earned money on ‘proper’ hiking boots that cost upwards of $100, you may want to consider taking your regular trainers instead. In my case, it was Nike Free 5.0 Running Shoes. Here’s why:

The problem with new hiking boots

On my first trip to South America I invested in some expensive Rockport hiking boots for the Inca Trail in Peru. I stuffed them deep into the recesses of my backpack and carted them around for months, only to get them out the day before the trek.

It was a gruelling 4-day hike that took its toll on even the fittest members of the group. On the second day, the stiff, ‘supportive’ material started rubbing my ankles, causing blisters.

By the third day I was hobbling behind the group; by the fourth day I had given the boots to a local family and was walking bare-foot!

Now, this isn’t to say Rockport hiking boots aren’t a good choice. I was to blame for not breaking them in beforehand (massive error)! But are they a necessary investment to take travelling? In my humble opinion, no.

Why Nike Flywires are WAY better

The next time I went travelling I took my trusted pair of Nike Free 5.0 Running Shoes (pictured below). They were perfect: comfortable, supportive and SUPER light to carry.

I wore them everywhere: walking around cities, canyoning down waterfalls, trekking in Sapa… the list is endless. Would I have done that with my heavy Rockport boots? Nope.


The great things about Nike Flywires is that if you’re a girl with narrow feet, they support exactly where it’s needed. Plus they come in loads of awesome colours!Nike Flywires 5.0 green - Why I chose Nike trainers over 'proper' hiking boot's - PICTURE - Fabulous Travel Guide Click to see  more colourful trainers w

What is Nike flywire?

Paper-thin fabric covers the top of the foot, with Nike Flywire filaments attaching to the outsole and holding the foot in place. This results in the lightest shoe EVER. This is really important when you’re trying to keep your backpack as light as possible.

So, if you’re perfectly fit and able, I would advise to take your regular trainers/running shoes. Choose ones that fit snug to your foot or, better still, get them professionally fitted.

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Go bright, girls x

Please note: if you have ankle or knee injuries please seek professional advice when choosing hiking boots or trainers.