I’m an experienced backpacker and the key to keeping your feet from getting blister is to have a number of the right things:
1. The right hiking boots — they have to fit correctly and not be too big or too small. Your heal needs to be grounded in the boot so it doesn’t move up or down when you walk.
2. The right socks — you should wear two pairs of socks. The inner layer that’s closest to your skin should be a thin silk layer or a thin polypropylene layer. The next layer should be pair of wool socks.
3. If while you’re hiking you do experience an blister or sore spots on your feet put mole skin (Dr. Scholl’s makes some) on the blisters only when your feet are in your boots, don’t keep it on when you’re not hiking.
By following these small steps you should be able to save your feet from miles of pain.