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.
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.