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Debunking the Ankle Support Myth for Hiking Boots



Embarking on a hiking adventure? Selecting the right footwear is pivotal, but let's first dispel a widespread myth: the necessity of ankle support to prevent injuries and lessen muscle fatigue is a misconception. To give you a snapshot, confining the ankles can inadvertently shift stress to other areas, such as the knees, leading to potential discomfort or injury. This insight is rooted in Chris' personal experiences and lessons learned from a pivotal moment during a world record squat attempt 15 years ago, which significantly influenced his perspective on footwear.

However, there are legitimate considerations for choosing specific footwear for hiking, beyond the myth of ankle support. Our focus is on protection from the natural elements you might encounter on the trail—things like sharp vegetation, debris, and the risk of punctures, as well as insulation against cold in harsh climates. For these reasons, footwear with a thicker sole for protection and temperature regulation becomes essential, especially in more demanding activities like hunting, fishing, or navigating challenging terrains.

At Bearfoot, we advocate for footwear that supports natural foot movement and strength, rather than restricting it. It's about preparing and equipping your feet to handle diverse environments effectively, not about limiting their function with unnecessary support. Our research and experiences underscore the importance of this approach for optimal foot health and functionality. Join Chris Duffin as he dives deeper into this subject, sharing insights and evidence to help you make informed decisions about your hiking footwear. Check out the full discussion on our YouTube channel to learn more about embracing the strength of your feet with Bearfoot.
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