If you are traveling as an ultralight trekker, you will notice relatively quickly that it can not only save you a lot of weight in the backpack, but also wear it. The garments with the greatest savings potential are certainly the hiking boots.
Every Step Counts
In contrast to the backpack or our jacket, we lift our feet and therefore the shoes a lot at every step. For each of these steps, we have to spend more kinetic energy than if we want to keep the same mass at a certain height, as is the case with the rucksack. Every gram we save on our feet is therefore worth more than the gram which we save in the backpack. So we should think carefully about which shoe we want to grab.
Lighter Backpack Leads To Lighter Shoe
The basic prerequisite for this is, however, a light backpack. Because the lighter this is, the sooner we can do without shoes with a stable shaft and thick sole. The more I can bounce over the hiking trails, the easier the shoe can be. How easy this last end will be is a very personal decision. Some swear, for example, to a Gore Tex membrane, while others prefer light mesh fabrics. There is, however, a type of shoe that has prevailed among a large number of light hikers:
The Trailrunning Shoe
Most of the UL disciples resort to the shoe assortment of the Trailrunner. These shoes usually have an aggressive profile that does not slip on most off-road trails and are particularly light. These Trailruning shoes are now available in all shapes, sizes and materials. Be it membrane, mesh or even light leather. There is really no wish left open. The profile can also be chosen in principle according to your wishes, so that now everyone should actually find what they want to wear.
The Barefoot Shoe
If you want to be on the road, you can also go on barefoot shoes. These have only a very thin sole without blasting.You feel almost every stone under your feet, but has a very direct contact to the ground and is usually even easier on the way than you could with trailrunning shoes. However, walking with barefoot shoes requires a lot of training.If you wear these shoes for the first time and go a long distance with them, you will probably be very frustrated, as the shoes do not have any damping and require a change in the gait.
Other Types Of Shoes
There are also a variety of shoes which are also suitable for hiking with light luggage. No one is forced to be on the road with trailrunners or barefoot shoes. The rule of thumb is here again: Take what you feel comfortable with! If you like to walk in sandals or use ordinary sneakers, this is also perfectly as long as the shoes are sufficient for your purpose. There is no holy grail.
Dangers Of Light Footwear
In conclusion, I would like to discuss the dangers of light shoes. It can be natural that you never happen to something while you are on the road with light shoes. But nevertheless there are a few disadvantages, which I do not want to conceal here, since in the spring just as a stupid mistake has cost the holiday. As I have already written in my travel report to the C2C Sweden, I got stuck between a few thick branches on the first day, hitting my foot so much that the hike for me had died. If I had had something more solid footwear, I would not have happened.
In the mountains, for example, a stone may fall on the foot which a heavy leather boot might have repelled. In winter, there is a lack of isolation if you want to be easy on the road. The list can now be continued. Nevertheless I would go with the C2C Sweden again with the same shoes as this year. Simply because this situation was a stupid mistake that happened to me when I was careless. One can not be armed against all eventualities, but should choose the footwear which provides the optimal balance for the upcoming hike.