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What's your choice in footwear?

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Offline gotpaper1981

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What's your choice in footwear?
« on: August 13, 2009, 03:26:34 PM »
What do you hike in?? Shoes, hiking boots, sandals, or what??

Tevas or boots for me!!

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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2009, 03:50:31 PM »
I'm most likely to hike in a pair of trail running shoes, but that's because I don't get to hike often enough to make it worthwhile to replace my Vasques that bit the dust... or should that be "became dust"....

Be sure and check out the Hiking Boots vs. Running/Walking Shoes discussion.

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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2009, 04:13:05 PM »
I am currently using Keen Voyageur shoes which were a new test on my last trip to the Bend and were up to the terrain and the loads. Good supportive foot bed/sole, leather uppers but with ventilation holes and no Gore-tex.

I haven't used high top boots in many years now and have never noticed I wanted them.
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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2009, 05:01:26 PM »
I am currently using Keen Voyageur shoes which were a new test on my last trip to the Bend and were up to the terrain and the loads. Good supportive foot bed/sole, leather uppers but with ventilation holes and no Gore-tex.

I haven't used high top boots in many years now and have never noticed I wanted them.

How did the leather hold up?  I've been using a Montrail Mid height boot for the last 3 years but they are on their last leg, and Montrail discontinued them.  So I in the market for a new mid height boot. 

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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2009, 05:10:34 PM »
I am currently using Keen Voyageur shoes which were a new test on my last trip to the Bend and were up to the terrain and the loads. Good supportive foot bed/sole, leather uppers but with ventilation holes and no Gore-tex.

I haven't used high top boots in many years now and have never noticed I wanted them.

How did the leather hold up?  I've been using a Montrail Mid height boot for the last 3 years but they are on their last leg, and Montrail discontinued them.  So I in the market for a new mid height boot. 

The leather and the stitching has held up great. The bottom layer on the soles seems to wear thru pretty quickly, more from walking on pavement than hiking I think. Like all Keen's they have a wide toebox so are very comfy on the toes and folks with wide feet. If you have been to the website they make the Voyageur in a true mid height too.
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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2009, 05:14:19 PM »
I replaced my old Merrells with a pair of Keen Voyageur Mid's and I like them a lot.  


I picked them primarily based on my experience with my Keen Newport H2 sandals, which I've had for two years now and they are still going strong.

I also have a pair of Vasque trail runners, but they haven't held up well.  
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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2009, 05:39:15 PM »
I was also looking into a pair of teva boots. I'm a creature of habit and I find something that fits and keep buying it. I found an independent review of them and want to get a pair. Those keens look pretty nice too. I'm going to have to research some more. I have to wear a mid to high top boot. I broke my ankle and have to have the extra support on it. Otherwise I'd get a pair of trail runners. The teva sandals are light and pack small for around camp or in water if needed. Thick enough soles that thorns don't go through. Really hate when that happens. Do it all the time when I wear flip flops around out here at my house!  :eusa_doh:

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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2009, 06:33:14 PM »
I was also looking into a pair of teva boots. I'm a creature of habit and I find something that fits and keep buying it. I found an independent review of them and want to get a pair. Those keens look pretty nice too. I'm going to have to research some more. I have to wear a mid to high top boot. I broke my ankle and have to have the extra support on it. Otherwise I'd get a pair of trail runners. The teva sandals are light and pack small for around camp or in water if needed. Thick enough soles that thorns don't go through. Really hate when that happens. Do it all the time when I wear flip flops around out here at my house!  :eusa_doh:

My daily hiking boots are Merrell mid's, and for campsite duty I bring along a pair of Teva sandals.  Putting on a lightweight sandal after wearing boots all day long feels really good on the 'ol feet.

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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2009, 09:59:30 PM »
Merrell's are good shoes/boots for the money.  I wore a pair of REI branded Merrell's for a couple of years.  They looked just like this:

...but didn't have the Vibram outsoles.  I still wear them in the winter sometime. 

My everyday work shoes are Merrell too, very comfortable and have worn very well. 

Speaking of Vibram outsoles, my Vasques have them and they suck. 
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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2009, 11:44:05 PM »
I'm a big fan of full leather uppers on my boots.  Especially while while hiking in Big Bend as my brother and I do a lot of off-trail in the deserts and canyons.  Those Keens do look very nice, but I'd be a little worried about those 4 mesh vents on each side.   I know they'd help cool your feet down, but I think I'd prefer the extra protection of more leather.  I think I'd still like to try them, based on the recommendations on this thread. 


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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2009, 11:53:13 PM »
I second Sanjuro.  I like to hike off trail and have tried light weight boots and flirted with disaster.  Full leather here.  Which is not to say when hiking on one of the well developed (superhighway) trails lightweight shoes won't work great.  I also like the ankle support of high top boots when carrying a pack. Moccasins for camp.

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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2009, 07:28:13 AM »
I'm a big fan of full leather uppers on my boots.  Especially while while hiking in Big Bend as my brother and I do a lot of off-trail in the deserts and canyons.  Those Keens do look very nice, but I'd be a little worried about those 4 mesh vents on each side.   I know they'd help cool your feet down, but I think I'd prefer the extra protection of more leather.  I think I'd still like to try them, based on the recommendations on this thread. 



I second Sanjuro.  I like to hike off trail and have tried light weight boots and flirted with disaster.  Full leather here.  Which is not to say when hiking on one of the well developed (superhighway) trails lightweight shoes won't work great.  I also like the ankle support of high top boots when carrying a pack. Moccasins for camp.

Al

Yeah I used to swear by full leather high top boots too in the Bend and then on the Strawhouse to the Basin trip I used a pair of full leather Lowa Tempest Low shoes and they were great but they changed that design and I can't wear the new ones. So I tried several others and ended with the Keens and they were just fine on the Lajitas to Basin trip, most of it off trail, and never had any thorns come thru the side vents or other troubles. I did have a thorn come right thru the bottom of the sole though. The biggest trouble was grass seeds and that kind of junk in the socks and the tops of the shoes, I would now consider a light pair of short gaiters. A lot of the comfort and support with any shoe or boot has to do with the stiffness of the sole and not so much the top, of course the lighter the pack the lighter the shoe can be.
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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2009, 09:50:08 AM »
I have Columbia Laman Peak, with breathable side panels and have never had any problem with thorns. The biggest problem I have is after about 100+ miles in BIBE, the soles tend to be pretty well shot.

I'm with ME on the lightweight gaiters. I always end up with a lot of junk around the top of my socks. I actually had to throw away a good pair after hiking Fisk Canyon and encountering the grass burr attack. I tried my best to get them out of the wool socks, but eventually gave up and tossed them.
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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2009, 10:59:39 AM »
I don't do near the mileage of either of you guys and am such a woozy I go with full leather and heavy duty gaiters!

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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2009, 12:50:33 PM »
I know I'm crazy, but I run around our ranches here in flip flops or sandals. My uncles always tease me about it. They can't believe I do it since I was bit by a rattler out here when I was 9, but that just taught me to watch my feet. I do wear a good pair of boots with long jeans if I'm going in the pasture for a long period. I would wear my cowboy boots on the trails in BIBE if people wouldn't look at me like I was nuts. What's so funy about cowboy boots and shorts anyways? They are comfy, come high on my ankle, and protect my feet from everything. Even have a thick sole on them to keep thorns out. Maybe a pair of lacers wouldn't draw so much attention. Hmmmm. Gonna have to think on this one real hard before I make my final decision. I'm worried about ordering boots of a brand I haven't had and them not fitting right. Kinda limited on the stores to shop at in our area so I have to try and work it out. I'm definitely gonna get me some with leather or rubber on the toes. Hate kicking a cactus with some thin shoes or sandals on. It happens.

 


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