The Walking Boot: A Brief History

Walking boots didn’t suddenly exist and disappear like some sort of bubble. In many ways, these boots came about as a product of natural progression from the days when hiking boots were the only kind of boots in existence. Thanks to the invention of synthetic materials during a latter half of the 20th century, these shoes were introduced and revolutionized the shoe ware scene forever. The Walking Boot is just as tough as a traditional hiking boot, but many times more comfortable and isn’t as high-maintenance as its originator. The waterproofing for the material is already inherent in them (as opposed to you having to put on paraffin-based grease to make your boots shiny and waterproof), which meant your walking boots required less care than your traditional hiking boots.

Why Walking Boots Are All Over the Stores Nowadays

• Walking boots are quite fashionable and require less constant, paraffin-based maintenance after every marching or hiking trip. On that note, these boots aren’t only made for marching and hiking, but also for walking and showing off to friends and family. It doesn’t matter if you’re Mary Poppins, a girl from the Grunge-Era Nineties wearing acid-washed jeans with your boots, or a young woman attending a soiree; there’s a boot for every occasion.

• What’s more, these boots are less painful to wear exactly because they’re made of lightweight material. Hiking boots are not only torture to walk on; strapping them on is also needless complicated. While the most you’d need out of leather shoes are shoehorns, it’s almost like a ceremony how you have to put on or take off hiking shoes.

• Lighter boots also paved the way for boots that were easier to put on. Walking boots still reach up until the ankle, such that it’s still harder to put on than other shoe types, but it’s at least lighter than the heavier, more rigid hiking boot, such that putting it on is like trying to fit your foot into a foot-sized piece of hard plastic Tupperware.

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