The bare feet can be uncomfortable and you might feel embarrassed to walk around barefoot for long periods of time.
Here are some tips to avoid that awkward feeling while hiking.1.
Avoid bare feet for a while.
It’s okay to be a bit disconcerted by the fact that you might be wearing your shoes for only a few minutes.
For a few days or weeks, you might think about wearing them more often, especially if you want to get to know them more.
But if you have a lot of time on your hands, it’s better to let it go for a few weeks or even months.2.
Keep your feet in place.
You might feel like you’re wearing them in a hurry, but keep them in place while hiking, even if you can’t see them.
This means making sure your shoes are in good, tight, and secure positions.
If you can see them, they’ll be on a level playing field.3.
Take the time to walk through the trees.
If the sun is coming up, or you’re just tired, it might be time to let your feet do their thing.
Just make sure you stay at least a foot or two off the ground when you do this.4.
Wear a hat and sunscreen.
This might seem obvious, but you might also want to wear a hat or a sunscreen if you’re hiking barefoot.
The sun is harmful to your feet and your skin and so it’s important to keep them away from any sharp objects.
If your skin is sensitive to the sun, a hat is probably a better choice than a sunscreen.5.
Take a long, slow, relaxing walk.
A brisk walk in the woods might be the best way to do this for a couple of days or even a week.
You don’t have to be running, but a brisk walk with a gentle breeze might help you get your feet moving.
If it’s your first time hiking barefeet, don’t worry if you feel a little uncomfortable, you can always take a walk if you like to be extra careful.6.
Wear long underwear.
Many hiking boots are padded, but there are also many that are not.
If possible, try wearing long underwear instead of a barefoot boot.
The idea is to protect your feet from the harsh weather and make sure they’re not going to get wet or blister.7.
If there’s a particular place you need to be, dress appropriately, but make sure that your clothes are comfortable and you don’t get caught in your shoes.
If that’s not possible, go for something that’s a bit more conservative.8.
Wear shoes with high-tops.
A pair of boots that are longer and have high-top heels is more comfortable than a pair that are shorter and have a heel-to-toe heel distance.
A longer boot can help to keep your feet cool during the long hours of hiking.9.
Wear socks with shoes.
They’re a great accessory for your barefoot, especially when you’re in the middle of a hike.
You can wear socks or socks with a pair of hiking shoes or boots and you can also wear a pair in the rain to keep you dry.10.
Keep a list of the places you can go barefoot to.
If people are looking for you at a specific spot, ask them where you can take a short break and walk around in a short time.
This way, they can be more confident that you’ll be able to walk barefoot if they get a chance to catch up.11.
Dress in layers.
Dress your whole outfit to keep yourself warm.
Wear something that will keep you warm, like a hat, tights, or a long sleeve shirt.
This is important, especially at the beginning of the hike.
Wear loose-fitting clothes or layers, and make yourself comfortable in the clothing.
If a hat keeps you warm and you feel comfortable, that’s all that matters.
If not, consider a long-sleeved shirt or pants that you can easily slip into the shirt pocket.12.
Be mindful of your surroundings.
If someone is staring at you, take the time and ask them what they’re doing.
If they’re looking at you and don’t respond, say something like, “Excuse me, what are you doing?”
Or, “Hi, I’m wearing this hat and this shirt.”
This will make it easier for them to understand and respect your presence.13.
Wear comfortable shoes.
Wear lightweight clothes that are comfortable to walk in.
Wear your shoes on the inside of your shoe, so they’re out of the way when you walk.
Wear good shoes, too.
Don’t walk in a dressy way.
Be confident that your outfit will be appropriate to the terrain.