I wanted to know whether my converse were a good hiking shoe, so I asked the experts. To be fair, I did get a few opinions about specific sites not listed here but for the most part, the answers seemed unanimous across all of them.
There’s no one answer that will suit everyone and you will have to come down to your own decision after weighing all of your options. My advice to you is to go to as many hiking forums as you can and see what the experts there say about it.
Personally, I’m not a fan of converse. I’ll be honest with you, I’ve never owned a pair of converses in my life and probably never will. During my trial, I tried to wear a pair of converses for about 25 minutes (I know, I’m a wimp), and I felt like the only time I could walk in them was when I was barefoot.
After wearing them long enough, it just dawned upon me that they weren’t very good for hiking – especially with their high heels.
Perhaps a better question would be:
Are Converse Shoes Good for Hiking at All?
The experts did agree on this point. They were not very good and they were not recommended. So let’s move on to:
Are Converses Good for Any Sort of Hiking? I figured that if my converses are bad for hiking, then they would be equally bad for all hiking related activities (like walking in the park or going up to the local supermarket or even a school).
Yes, they are. Converses are very unsuitable for shoes that require a lot of walking, since they will make you hobble along if you’re not used to wearing these. So, again, there’s no such thing as good and bad because every shoe has its pro’s and con’s. But in general, converse shoes aren’t good for hiking (or any other outdoor activity really).
Is It Safe To Go Hiking In Converse?
Many hikers wear converse shoes because they are light and comfortable. They are designed for the everyday life, so it’s safe to say that yes, it is safe to go hiking in a pair of converses. You may take some time to adjust but as long as you don’t try them for the first time on a hiking trip, then there really should be no problems.
I personally have never done it. It could be a good way to get yourself used to hiking in them before you take it for a real hike, but most people don’t like wearing converse shoes with hiking boots. The main reason is that the heel of the shoe gets broken along with the bones and muscles (this is known as shin splints).
The other reasons why they’re not so great are that they don’t offer much support (you often feel like you’re going to fall over) and they aren’t very sturdy on all types of terrain.
So if you’re wearing converse shoes and your ankle twists or you trip on something, then the weight of your body is supported entirely by the ankle, which in turn puts a lot of strain on it. It’s also not great when you step in some mud since it can stick to the canvas and make things very uncomfortable.
Is It Safe To Go Hiking In Converse All Star?
The brand ‘Converse’ actually produces two types of sneakers. The first type is the classic Chuck Taylor All Stars (which are the ones I was wearing in my trial). While the second type is simply called ‘Converse’. These shoes are more modern and they don’t have a canvas (they are made of cotton and synthetic materials).
After browsing through various sites, I found out that some people said yes, whilst others said no. A few people said that they were fine if you only wore them occasionally (less than once a week). But most of the people I read said that they shouldn’t be worn for more than three months.
Once again, check out as many hiking related forums as you can and see what the experts have to say about it.
Are Converse shoes good for walking all day?
Is it possible to walk in a pair of converses all day? My answer is no. The problem is that they aren’t that comfortable, even if you wear them for a few days. They hurt your feet and they are too tight, so you will want to take them off at some point and they’re difficult to walk in. They just won’t take any weight.
My advice is to think of a pair of shoes that you already have which you can use for your hike. This will make things a lot easier for you.
Can Converses Be Worn To Hike?
The answer is no. Converses are not suitable for hiking because they don’t offer any support or stability. It’s really only good for everyday use, but not for hiking.
It’s also not that comfortable to walk in and since they are so light, they don’t have much support. If you make it more than a few hours, then you may want to consider switching over to an actual hiking shoe for your own safety.
Are Converses Good For Hiking In The Rain?
This is another converse myth. No, converses are not good for hiking when it’s raining. However, this is mostly due to their lightness and not the actual material that’s used to make them. Converses are normally made of canvas, but even if they are made of a waterproof cotton or rubber, they will get soaked through pretty quickly.
Sure, they don’t get cold when they’re wet, but after a while your feet will start to feel very uncomfortable (in the same way that anyone would in ‘waterproof hiking boots’).
To Sum Up!
Are converses good for hiking? No. They are not.
They don’t offer any support and they suffer from a lot of the same problems that normal boots do. So, my advice is to stay clear of converse shoes if you want to get active and be healthy. Go for a pair of hiking boots instead (they will make it much easier).