When to Replace Hiking Boots

When to Replace Hiking Boots

No doubt, hiking requires extra strength and planning about the condition of the terrain ahead. While you may be worried about your food supply, you should also choose the right pair of hiking boots for better performance. 

If you have already chosen a pair of hiking boots and have been using them for quite a time now, do you know when you will have to replace them?

Worn-out hiking boots don’t give you a high performance on the hills. Therefore, if you want to maximize your hiking experience, make sure the pair you are wearing must be in good shape.

This post will tell you what signs for that determine it’s the right time for hiking boots replacement.

Signs of Worn-out Hiking Boots

It’s recommended that you should replace your hiking boots after completing 500-1,000 miles, which can vary due to different boots’ quality. It’s because after hiking such a long distance, you will start seeing the following signs:

Worn-out Tread

The tread of your hiking boots wears out the fastest. If you don’t know what tread is, it is the layer at the bottom that faces the ground when you walk. Usually, shoe treads are made of rubber or its derivative. So when the tread is wearing out, it’s the first indicator that the time of boot replacement is near.

When you keep using a pair having worn-out tread, the friction from the ground will gradually begin to affect the sole. That will make the sole slippery, and as a result, you might get injured while hiking.

Cracked Midsole

The midsole of a shoe is the upper layer of the sole. It’s responsible for absorbing the shocks you receive while hiking on a rough path.

When your hiking boots get older, you will see the midsole is cracking and wearing out. That’s not a good sign because the shock-absorbent feature of the boots will diminish. Therefore, always check the midsole of your hiking boots. If the midsole is cracked, the effect will definitely reach the insole.

So it’s not wise to hike in the woods with a pair having a cracked midsole. Otherwise, you might have to get back in your luxury travel trailer and grab an alternative.

Worn-out Eyelets/Lacing Loops

The holes on the boots through which the laces run are called eyelets. You might not see eyelets in some hiking boots. Instead, they have lacing loops.

If you have been using hiking boots for a long time, the eyelets or the lacing loops will start to wear out. You can easily look at their situation as they are on the top.

The worn-out eyelets of your hiking pair directly affect the ankle support. Your ankles will not get proper strength from the eyelets, and as a result, you might suffer from a sprained ankle.

Therefore, always keep an eye on the situation of eyelets/lacing loops. When they are wearing out, you better start planning to buy a new pair.

Frayed Laces

If you are a seasoned hiker, you must have gone through multiple types of landscapes. That includes mud, puddles, potholes, bushes, and water. They all contribute to making your boots’ laces frayed.

The fraying of the laces doesn’t happen quickly. It usually happens when you forget to wash the laces and the dirt keeps sticking there. Over time, the dirt will start to crack the laces’ fabric.

First, the plastic at the tip of the laces will fall, which will lead to the laces unraveling. Then, the laces will wear out. However, there’s a pretty solution for that: simply replace the laces of your hiking boots.

Leather/Fabric and Stitching

Every stitching of hiking boots serves a purpose. Collectively, each stitched area ensures the overall durability of the hiking pair.

If the leather or fabric stitching is wearing out, know that your boots are about to break down. That’s quite dangerous because if you are hiking and your boots suddenly stop performing, you might get injured. On top of that, you might have to walk back barefooted or in your truck camper if it’s nearby.

Besides, the worn-out stitching of the boots also affects the water-resistant feature of the boots. Therefore, if you see that the boots’ leather or fabric stitching is wearing out, it’s high time to invest in a new hiking pair.


If your boots have all these signs, you might also start feeling discomfort while hiking. Usually, people ignore this discomfort and continue their journey. But that’s not recommended because it will lead to serious pain not in your feet but also in different areas of your lower body.

Therefore, quickly buy yourself a fresh pair and then ace your hiking adventure.

Final Words

Always take notice of your hiking boots’ condition. If they are wearing out, it’s high time to invest in a new pair so that you can get the best performance while hiking.

Warwick Braith

Warwick Braith is a thrill seeker at heart. He loves getting outdoors and testing his limits in the wild. As a blogger for YapQ, Warwick provides readers with insights and tips on how to get the most out of their outdoor experiences. Whether it's hiking, camping, or simply exploring nature, Warwick knows how to make the most of it.

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