Which is better for mountaineering: high-cut shoes or low-cut shoes?

High cut shoes that cover the ankles are widely used for long hikes. However, in recent years, low-cut, sneaker-like trail running shoes and approach shoes have become popular. The Wall Straight Journal summarizes the pros and cons of trail running shoes for climbing and hiking

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Mr. Jeff Hester, the founder of the long trail project 'Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge' that connects six peaks, has ALTRA's trail running running shoes ' LONE PEAK 7 ( Lone Peak 7) ” and completed the race. Mr. Hester said, `` 1 pound (about 454 grams) at your feet is worth 3 pounds (1361 grams) on your back, '' and appeals that trail running shoes are lightweight.

In addition, according to REI Co-op, a major outdoor specialty store, sales of trail running shoes have increased 11% in the past five years. Trail running shoes are designed with running in mind, so they are lighter and more flexible than high-cut shoes. Another point is that the soles are made of non-slip material, as they are designed to be used in the mountains.

On the other hand, orthopedic surgeon William Spielvogel has seen patients who have suffered injuries such as sprains and fractures due to wearing low-cut shoes. Travis Hildebrand, road running product policy manager at Salomon, a major shoe manufacturer that sells a wide range of shoes, from high-cut hiking shoes to low-cut trail running shoes, also said, Now, high-cut hiking shoes will protect your feet better,' he recommends using trail running shoes and high-cut hiking shoes depending on the environment of the place where you walk.

Needless to say, trail running shoes are suitable for mountain climbing because they are equipped with thick cushions and anti-slip, so it does not mean that any low-cut shoes are fine. Climbing with low-cut sneakers that are not equipped with climbing functions can lead to unexpected dangers, so you should avoid it.

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