Fuerteventura is a place for exploring but as the landscape is created by volcanoes, you need a decent pair of boots when walking or hiking. I needed some new ones, so I looked for some vegan hiking boots for women and the Xpeti caught my eye. This is what I think of them.
Hiking In Fuerteventura
Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands, and although it is 100km long and about 31km wide, much of that area is uninhabited. This means endless amounts of open space for avid walkers, cyclists and hikers to explore. Whether you prefer wandering along the coastline or clambering up the side of a dormant volcano, Fuerteventura has it all.
Terrain & Trails
There are walking trails all over the island and each area presents its own challenges. Which is why having the correct footwear, that can handle different terrains, is important. For example, to get to the long, stunning stretch of white, sandy beach in Cofete, where you can kick off your shoes and enjoy the powder-like sand between your toes – you will need to walk across a rugged terrain of old volcanic rock first. Rock which stretches from the mountains to the beach and is sharp, hard and not particularly stable, so having good ankle support, rubberised soles and something to help you grip, really will help.
Being Green – Go Vegan
Fuerteventura has many areas of natural park and was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO back in May 2009. Many of the inhabitants pride themselves as being environmentally friendly, and you will often see groups of people hiking along the shorelines, cleaning up plastic waste and contaminants that have made their way across the Atlantic. I am one of those people and so, when it came to me needing anew pair of boots, I decided to find some which were lightweight, waterproof and vegan friendly.
XPETI DIMO Hiking Boots Review
- Manufacturer: XPETI
- Outer Material: Synthetic.
- Inner Material: Textile
- Sole: Gum Rubber
- Heel Type: Flat
- Heel Height: 2cm
- Toe Protection: Rubber Toe Cap
- Grip: Aggressive
- Fixings: Lace Up
- Waterproofing: Hydroshield Membrane.
- Ankle Support: Moulded
- Colours: Black, Coffee, Blue, Grey, Red
- Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.co.uk
- My Rating: 9/10
Fuerteventura is an island, so there are lots of coastal walks you can follow. There are also walking trails which take you high into the mountains, through ravines and down to rocky coves and caves. They are all scenic and stunning but they also all have one thing in common – rocks! I myself used to enjoy walking across the natural park areas in my flip-flops or sandals. The sand on my feet was comforting and warming and the endless landscape of wind-battered sand dunes was the perfect place to relax and be at one with nature. But when i accidentally stumped my big toe on a rock that was hidden by drifting sand, I swore (literally) never to go hiking in flip-flops again. It has taken two years and I still do not have a toenail to be proud of, so now, when choosing shoes, I always make sure there is a good layer of protection on the front to protect me from hidden rocks that I may come across, and the XPETI DIMO’s offer that protection in the form of a rubber toe cap, which although lightweight, is really sturdy and can handle even the biggest rocks with ease.
Support V Comfort
I always find, when going out on long walks, there is always a compromise to be made, between the level of support or sturdiness that you want from a boot versus how comfortable you want it to be. There is nothing worse that heading out on a long hike, only to find that the soles of your feet are sore after just a few kilometers and your ankles are swelling, as they haven’t felt proper movement for a few hours. This is where I think these boots come into their own. These boots have a really cool ankle support, which helps to keep your feet in the right position, without making your ankle feel like it is being held in a vice. It is a clever design and nicely moulded so your feet don’t slip in and out of the boots when climbing over larger rocks. I found this feature also helped keep the ‘new shoe’ blisters at bay. Blisters that I always seem to get when wearing new boots for the first week or so until they are bedded in.
Soul for the Sole
Some areas that I like to walk around, such as Majanico on the North Shore, are really tough-going underfoot. The terrain is made up of hard, impacted, black volcanic rock which is sharp and really rugged. The ‘Integrated EVA Midsole’ in the XPETI DIMO gives the base of your foot a cushion-like feel which helps to protect the arches and stops the sharper rocks from giving you that ‘Ouch! I’ve just walked on a Lego brick’ feeling.
When you look at the stunning, sandy beaches around the island, you would think that the last thing you would need is aggressive grip on the bottom of your boots, but you would be wrong. Hiking up the dormant volcanoes can be heavy going and there are plenty of areas when you need a little extra traction. Also, there are some places, such as walking along the North shore in Corralejo, where natural rock pools have formed and walking out to them can be a bit tricky. Once the sea water has receded, it leaves the terrain very slippery and the aggressive nature of the bottom of these boots, seems to handle the terrain – no problem! They are also waterproof or water-resistant ( depending on the colour you choose ) so they easily shake off the extra splashes from the random waves too.
Functional & Fashionable
I find these boots easy to wear, comfortable and lightweight. I also think they look really cool. (I have the red and blue ones!) They are great for hiking and going out on long walks but I also wear them when traveling or out and about in resort, as I find them really practical and they look great with something simple, like a pair of jeans or shorts. When I travel back and forth, I only take a small cabin bag with me, so that fact I can wear these on the plane and in and around the island, is a bonus, as luggage space is always a consideration. They are also pretty light, when compared to other hiking boots I have worn in the past. The only thing I would say, is that they come up a little smaller, than expected, so I always order a half size bigger than my usual shoes. Other than that – I think they are great and that’s why I rate them a 9/10.
Where to Buy Them?
I did some searching about and found the cheapest place I found was Amazon.co.uk. I used the Xpeti supplier as they offered free returns on my size, and Amazon prime delivery …… and after I needed to change them for a bigger size last time, I found this really convenient.
If you have any questions regarding hiking in Fuerte, then please get in touch or leave a comment below. Thanks and have a great day!