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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.
My problem is not narrow feet. I have wide feet with a high arch. I also wear a 9.5 in women's. The Asolo seem to be an awesome boot. I didn't realize they were a heavy one though. I was thinking of getting the Teva Ossagon. I read an independent review that said they were light weight, yet very sturdy. Take a beating and still keep on going. Don't know yet, but thanks for the links. Good point on free returns, and I hate paying shipping.
I think a lot of hiking boot shopping has to do with the manufacturer picking the right Chinese subcontractor to build the shoes to their specs and maintaining that quality control. I doubt any of the major brands is made anywhere but in China.Seems like a lot of folks have problems with poor wearability of Vasque boots in general. I've stayed away from that brand for that very reason.
I've been looking for a pair of steel toe hiking boots. I can't seem to find any that are made by a hiking boot maker. The ones that I have found are all made by work boot makers. My concernwith work boot makers is that their boots are not made for walking as much as standing around.(That may not be accurate, but that is my worry.)I suspect that their hiking boots are work boots made more to look like hiking boots than to actually functionas hiking boots. Right now I think that I will purchase a pair of good all leather uppers hiking bootsand some cheap sacrificial work boots. I'll cut out the steel toes and Velcro/epoxy the steel toes to the outside of the hiking boots. Before I tried that, I thought that I would check here with the experts to see if there is any experience with hiking boots made by work boot makers. Or better yet a leatherupper steel toed hiking boot made by a hiking boot maker. The boots would be used mostly for off trail day hikes; or rarely, very short relatively level terrain backpacking for zone camping. They would not be used for high Chisos backpacking. My feet are avg. width and the usualproblem area during break-in is that the Achilles heel area requires band aids or mole skin for a while. Anybody have some advice or info?
First 2 questions1. Why do you want steel toes?2. Do you have much experience wearing steel toes?
O.K. FartyMarty, you don't need a steel toe boots for hiking,i use everyday steel toe boots and they are not for hiking,they are heavy, tough on your toes, can hurt the skin of your toes at times,it is the first time i have heard a steel toe hiking boot. What you really need is a leather based upper boot,such like the one from Cabela's....
Could be that the company he works for supplies him with steel toed boots
Quote from: badknees on August 28, 2009, 02:34:33 PMFirst 2 questions1. Why do you want steel toes?2. Do you have much experience wearing steel toes?Answer 2 first: I have not worn steel toe boots since the mid 70s. I did wear them at various jobsfor about 5 years. Question 1: Earlier this year when I went off trail to Randell's overlook, I wore my usual cheap Colemanhiking boots and Academy snake gaiters. The gaiters worked great but my boots allowed prickly pear thornsinto my feet 4 times. I was lucky in that most of the punctures were between the toes. As I hiked back Idecided that I was going to do more off trail hiking in the future (I liked it), and I was going to look into some steeltoe boots. The only off trail hiking of any length previous to this was back in the 70s when I did wear steeltoed work boots to hike up the river and then up the Mexican side of the canyon into Smuggler's Cave. If I may anticipate the next question: Why would fm walk into a patch of prickly pear? I mean it's not like they'rehard to spot. I can't fully answer that, as it caught me by surprise as well. I didn't stare down at each footplacement as I would if climbing, but rather about 10-20 feet ahead in search of the path of least resistance.All four times that I was toe stabbed it was from a PP that was about 4-6 feet to my right or left and had beenin my peripheral vision and registered mentally as cleared and no threat. Each time it was a PP pad that was onan arm of pads that had extended horizontally several feet from the main plant presumably seeking more lightyet still low and right at toe height. It could be that my sunglass frames cause a blind spot right at my foot step area,or I could just be a sucky off trail hiker. The hike back was when three of the four stabs occurred, so heat (95 degrees) and fatigue could be contributors. Regardless of the reason for my injuries., I thought I'd give steel toes a try. Quote from: homerboy2u on August 28, 2009, 01:17:17 PMO.K. FartyMarty, you don't need a steel toe boots for hiking,i use everyday steel toe boots and they are not for hiking,they are heavy, tough on your toes, can hurt the skin of your toes at times,it is the first time i have heard a steel toe hiking boot. What you really need is a leather based upper boot,such like the one from Cabela's....Thanks Homero, you may be right about all I need is a leather based upper boot, which is what I'm planing on getting. I justthought I'd try steel toes if I could find them in a good boot. I've worn steel toes before and I had no problems. I'm mucholder now, but my feet seem to have faired the ravages of time far better than any other part of my body. Quote from: iCe on August 28, 2009, 03:31:32 PMCould be that the company he works for supplies him with steel toed boots No, not any more. Back in the 70s Westinghouse did get me a free repacement pair for the ones that I ruined hiking upa shallow Rio Grande to Smuggler's Cave.
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