Get ready to take a hike — National Park Week is in full swing through April 25th.
The event, a partnership between the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, is a Presidentially proclaimed celebration of the country’s national heritage. The event coincides with Earth Day, on April 22nd.
The 400 national parks throughout the U.S. provide ample opportunities to step into a pair of new hiking boots and start exploring. While there are trails for the highly skilled, there are also plenty of paths for the less adventurous.
When shopping for a pair of hiking boots this season, here’s a checklist of features and benefits that will make any trek more comfortable.
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There are lots of lightweight options in the market that can keep feet cool during the warm weather ahead. Water-resistant and waterproof looks are another option, allowing feet to stay dry while you explore the many waterfalls and rivers the nation’s parks offer.
Color is also a key component in the hiking category, taking a cue from the athletic market, with bright pops of orange, green and turquoise top to bottom. Not only is color a fun fashion option, it can also double as a safety feature, making it easy to spot fellow hikers.
Don’t forget about the younger generation when looking for trail-apporpriate footwear. There are plenty of options for kids that mirror trends in the adult market.