Best Shoes for Trekking in Maharashtra
At the start of every season, we see new bunch of trekkers coming for treks, especially in monsoon. Most of these trekkers come unprepared on the treks in terms of fitness, trekking gears etc. In this blog we are going to discuss about the most important trekking gear i.e. Trekking shoes.
First time trekkers often come in sports shoes and some even come in sandals and floaters. While this not just invites injuries, but can be life threatening.
Following are some disadvantages of doing treks without proper trekking shoes.
a) Grip : Non-trekking shoes provide hardly any or no grip, especially in monsoon when the trails are wet and muddy.
b) Durability : Sports shoes and other non-trekking shoes do not have a rugged sole or a material that is made for mountains and hence most of these shoes get damaged within one or two treks, either the sole come off or the material gets damaged.
c) Protection : Sports shoes does not have enough protection on toes or ankles at times which can lead to some injury.
d) Cost : Trekking shoes which we are going to recommend, will cost between Rs. 600 to 1600. Some running or sports shoes which trekkers buy before coming on treks can be very costly in comparison to trekking shoes we recommend.
Following are the Trekking shoes, which we recommend to our trekkers to trek in Maharashtra or any western ghat treks.
1. Coaster CTR (Add-Gear CTR Trekking Shoes) (Price : Rs. 1100-1600)
These shoes provide excellent grip especially on wet surface because of the gum sole which are anti-skid. Comparatively these may be a little heavier than Action Trekking, but provide equally good comfort and a better grip. They also come in normal and high ankle versions, can buy as per your preference. They are available in 6 to 11UK Sizes on amazon for Rs. 1349 onwards, and also available in select retail shops at Navi Mumbai, Dadar, Thane and Mulund for Rs 1100 onwards. Also the color and size can be a problem while you order online but these are the easiest available and best trekking shoes right now for treks in Maharashtra. Check list of stores at the end of article.
2. Action Trekking (Campus Trekking) (Price : Rs. 900-1000) (Discontinued Product)
These are the best trekking shoes we have used till date in Maharashtra. They provide excellent grip on all terrains in Maharashtra, hence can be used in any season. They come in 2 variants, normal and high ankle, can buy as per your choice. High ankle shoes always have the extra protection but can be a little heavy. Also durability wise these shoes can last you few years even if you are a regular trekker. These shoes have been discontinued recently and hence not available online or offline. Please do not fall for other models of Campus, these are the only trekking shoes they sell which are currently not in stock. If these are not available, can go for other options mentioned in this blog.
3. Unistar Hiking Boots (Price : Rs. 600-1100)
We do not highly recommend these shoes, the reason is that it does not have good cushion and not the great grip in comparison to Action or CTR. However these are light weight and are available in UK 5 to 12 sizes on amazon, so those who can not find their size in Action or CTR they can go for these shoes. Keep this as your last option, buy only if you can not get Action or CTR.
Shoes to Avoid :
Any shoes which has these colorful or white sole which is foam based and not rubber or other rugged sole, avoid them. They do not provide good grip and will get damaged soon. Apart from that you can find many expensive trekking shoes from Decathlon/Woodland and other such big brands. Those are trekking shoes but are not meant for terrains of Maharashtra, they are designed for Himalayan Treks. The shop owner might tell you that decathlon or other shoes are good even on wet surfaces but they are not, as per our experience so avoid at all costs. Also, it doesn't mean expensive shoes are better shoes.
Buying right trekking shoes will not only give you the comfort or the grip but will take your confidence to trek a notch higher. Sports shoes may be light weight and have large use case but they might end up giving you nightmares on treks so buy the right shoes before coming on treks.
To sum things up, currently CTR shoes can be the best available option. Buy and use it a little before the trek so you do not get shoe bite, wear full socks rather than ankle socks, they provide better protection.
If you are a first time or an amateur trekker, you can check our full fledged blog for the entire check list. Blog Link (Click Here)
Store Location for Coaster CTR :
1. Bharat Leather Works, Dadar (Map Link)
2. Climb-On Adventure, Mulund (Map Link)
3. Paduka Footwear, Thane (Map Link)
4. Step in Shoes, Airoli (Map Link)
5. Add-Venture India, Belapur (Map Link)
6. Home Delivery : Prasanna Joshi, WhatsApp Number 98198 28845
7. Wear and Explore, Pune (Home Delivery in Mumbai) : 88888 40295
8. Few local footwear shops near Thane and Mulund Railway Station also sell Coaster CTR can directly go and ask, not on map.
For any query feel free to WhatsApp or call us on 7400174767 between 9 am to 9 pm.
Happy Trekking !