It is not essential to wear boots across Kokoda but it is highly recommended. Boots should be of good quality, 100% waterproof, of Gortex construction for quick drying, lightweight and with a good flexible and aggressive grip. Importantly footwear must also be comfortable. Boots that are one size bigger than your normal size should be considered. This can help prevent sore toes on the declines and discomfort if feet swell. The Kokoda Track is harsh on boots so do not risk old or suspect boots.