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If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have obnoxiously loud colored hiking shoes. Neon orange and purple to be exact! (Here’s a similar pair for all you fans out there! Purple/Orange sneakers) My friends all roll their eyes when I throw them in the trunk on our camping trips because they’re hideous and well, just straight up attention grabbers. Whenever we’re hiking, I always get asked about my shoes. ‘Why did you choose that color?’ ‘Wow they’re ugly/beautiful!’ ‘We couldn’t miss you from a mile away!’ Regardless of what other people say, I love my hiking shoes. They’ve taken me to the snowy summits of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, through the dense forests of Minnesota’s Lake Superior Trail and through the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona.
Now many of you may be flabbergasted and in awe thinking, ‘How does she pull them off?’ Well, I have a few tips up my sleeve!
1. Neutrals with a pop of color is my rule!
Unless the color of your athletic pants or top is in the same color palette of your brightly colored sneakers, stick to neutrals. (Yes, I only wear my loud sneakers with athletic gear — read about why here.) Most of my athletic gear is gray or black so it’s easy to pair together. One of my most commented hiking outfits on Instagram is off my pink, snake skin printed Under Armour capris with a gray pullover and my flashy sneakers. (Since this has been so highly requested, I’ve linked a similar pair above. This is an affiliate link).
2. Dress in layers, you’ll thank me later
Not only is this common sense, but it’s more appealing. Sometimes if my athletic top doesn’t happen to match my pants, I hide it under my black long-sleeved top and neutral colored, zip-up sweater. This way I’m able to own a variety of colored tops, but still get the wear out of them.
3. Bring along the hiking essentials — hat and sunglasses
As well as apply plenty of sunscreen and bug repellant, you’ll want to protect your eyes and noggin during the hike. A hat and sunglasses will be your best friends. I always wear a baseball hat. It keeps my hair out of my face and shades my eyes from the hot afternoon sun. Just remember to take the hat and sunglasses off for a few photos!
4. Be comfortable
Sometimes on short hikes, I forego the entire hiking ensemble and opt to wear “street clothes.” In these cases, I just remember to dress comfortably and wear clothing that’s not too tight and restrictive. For instance, on my vacation to Colorado with girlfriends, I mostly hiked in jeans and a nice top because we were hopping back and forth from hiking to cityscapes throughout the day.
This may seem like a #FirstWorldProblem and materialistic thing to do, but think about the background of your photos. Are you hiking in a lush rainforest? You might not want to wear green. Roughing it in the red rocks of the American west? Best to stay away from reds and oranges. Probably black too because of the heat! You want the photos you take on these hikes to be memorable, you don’t want to blend into the background. Be proud of your endeavors and be the focal point in the vista panorama!