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What's your choice in footwear?

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Offline RichardM

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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2009, 01:44:55 PM »
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.
Check out some of the online retailers that offer free shipping and returns. They may not always have the best prices, but it beats paying return shipping.
http://www.shoebuy.com/
http://www.zappos.com/
http://www.endless.com/
http://www.shoes.com/
http://www.shoedeals4u.com/
http://www.outletbuy.com/discount-womens-hiking-shoes.htm

Probably a few others out there that Google didn't show on the first page of results...

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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2009, 01:54:45 PM »
Tess & I are still using these for Big Bend stuff:

http://www.asolo.com/eng/prod_det.php?area=2&catid=5&itemid=26

Super-comfy, fit right out the box, great for narrow feet.

Also heavy as hell!

We're switching to these for an upcoming New Zealand trip (wet Wet WET!!)

http://www.inov-8.com/Products-Detail.asp?PG=PG1&L=27&P=5050973024

...and...

http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/Footwear/Boots/Montrail%20Namche%20Boots/Test%20Report%20by%20Ernie%20Elkins/

A light mid-boot with great drainage performance due to no GoreTex. Would be nice, cool & airy in BiBe.

So I'd like to try them in BiBe but have my doubts since...

1) no protection at all from sharp spiny things
2) the large swaths of open breathable mesh will force gaiter-use which we don't otherwise need or use in BB, even though we do primarily cross-country stuff in BB. But even with gaiters I'm thinking these guys will simply let in too much sand, silt, grit, etc...

time will tell...

BTW, the Asolo's work really well when you have to do the "Lechuguilla Two-Step"
« Last Edit: August 14, 2009, 03:32:56 PM by trtlrock »
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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2009, 02:19:49 PM »
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.

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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2009, 02:54:43 PM »
I, too, have the Asolo 520 GV's.  so far so good.  they feel great, but yes they are heavy.  I will be in the Pecos Wilderness for a week trek at the end of the month.  will report on how they handle.

I think Ay Chi used his right out of the box for his and Blaylock's Quemada cross country.
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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #19 on: August 14, 2009, 03:01:09 PM »
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.

As clarification, I've never read anything implying the Asolo's won't work well for normal or wide feet. Tess has pretty wide feet, and she loves them. OTOH I have pretty narrow feet, and I have read that narrow-footed people have good success with them.  :eusa_eh:

Maybe they're magic boots?  :icon_smile:
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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #20 on: August 14, 2009, 03:58:30 PM »
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.

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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #21 on: August 20, 2009, 05:35:50 PM »
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.

Not by a long shot as far as I'm concerned.  I have a pair of Skywalks circa 1997 that are still going strong, and a pair of Sundowners from 2003 that work well too.  I think the durability on both of those has actually been the best part about them.  Not sure if their cheaper boots tend to fall apart?  The Skywalks were $145 back in 1997 and the Sundowners were about $200, so they're more on the high end I guess.  Not sure what the equivalent models are today.

I was thinking of getting a pair of Zamberlan's next.  Anyone have thoughts on a good Italian-made boot in the $200-$300 range?  As you can see, I try to treat mine well and tend to keep them for a long time...so I have no problem spending this amount once every 5-7 years.

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Advice/info request Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #22 on: August 28, 2009, 12:58:07 PM »
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 concern
with 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 function
as hiking boots. Right now I think that I will purchase a pair of good all leather uppers hiking boots
and 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 leather
upper 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 usual
problem 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?  
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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #23 on: August 28, 2009, 01:17:17 PM »
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....



 They work like a charm and i have put them to the test in Sierra del carmen and were very succesful. This is jut my point of view,surely others will chime in as well.
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Re: Advice/info request Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #24 on: August 28, 2009, 02:34:33 PM »
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 concern
with 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 function
as hiking boots. Right now I think that I will purchase a pair of good all leather uppers hiking boots
and 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 leather
upper 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 usual
problem 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 questions

1. Why do you want steel toes?

2. Do you have much experience wearing steel toes?
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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #25 on: August 28, 2009, 03:31:32 PM »
Could be that the company he works for supplies him with steel toed boots  :icon_smile:

Vasques...
« Last Edit: August 28, 2009, 03:33:03 PM by iCe »

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Re: Advice/info request Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #26 on: August 28, 2009, 10:10:52 PM »

First 2 questions

1. 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 jobs
for about 5 years.

Question 1: Earlier this year when I went off trail to Randell's overlook, I wore my usual cheap Coleman
hiking boots and Academy snake gaiters. The gaiters worked great but my boots allowed prickly pear thorns
into my feet 4 times. I was lucky in that most of the punctures were between the toes. As I hiked back I
decided that I was going to do more off trail hiking in the future (I liked it), and I was going to look into some steel
toe boots. The only off trail hiking of any length previous to this was back in the 70s when I did wear steel
toed 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're
hard to spot. I can't fully answer that, as it caught me by surprise as well. I didn't stare down at each foot
placement 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 been
in my peripheral vision and registered mentally as cleared and no threat. Each time it was a PP pad that was on
an arm of pads that had extended horizontally several feet from the main plant presumably seeking more light
yet 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.  

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....


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 just
thought 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 much
older now, but my feet seem to have faired the ravages of time far better than any other part of my body.

Could be that the company he works for supplies him with steel toed boots  :icon_smile:
No, not any more. Back in the 70s Westinghouse did get me a free repacement pair for the ones that I ruined hiking up
a shallow Rio Grande to Smuggler's Cave. :icon_smile: :wink:
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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #27 on: August 28, 2009, 10:38:17 PM »
FM, full leather boots are the only way to go, IMHO.  Rated at least medium duty.  Unlike those who are light on their feet, I have nearly destroyed a pair of light weight boots during a hike in Big Bend/del Carmens.  Big Bend can be really hard on boots, particularly hiking off trail with a pack.  We're not talking Dancing with the Stars footwork.

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Re: Advice/info request Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #28 on: August 28, 2009, 11:13:48 PM »

First 2 questions

1. 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 jobs
for about 5 years.

Question 1: Earlier this year when I went off trail to Randell's overlook, I wore my usual cheap Coleman
hiking boots and Academy snake gaiters. The gaiters worked great but my boots allowed prickly pear thorns
into my feet 4 times. I was lucky in that most of the punctures were between the toes. As I hiked back I
decided that I was going to do more off trail hiking in the future (I liked it), and I was going to look into some steel
toe boots. The only off trail hiking of any length previous to this was back in the 70s when I did wear steel
toed 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're
hard to spot. I can't fully answer that, as it caught me by surprise as well. I didn't stare down at each foot
placement 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 been
in my peripheral vision and registered mentally as cleared and no threat. Each time it was a PP pad that was on
an arm of pads that had extended horizontally several feet from the main plant presumably seeking more light
yet 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.  

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....


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 just
thought 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 much
older now, but my feet seem to have faired the ravages of time far better than any other part of my body.

Could be that the company he works for supplies him with steel toed boots  :icon_smile:
No, not any more. Back in the 70s Westinghouse did get me a free repacement pair for the ones that I ruined hiking up
a shallow Rio Grande to Smuggler's Cave. :icon_smile: :wink:


OK fair enough. Some people do better with steel toes than others. I have worn them for many years in the past on and off and they never suited me very well. I agree with Homero about the sore toes. However...I also agree with Al that a good leather pair will be more comfortable and still ward off  thorns. I actually do about 1/2 of my Big Bend miles off trail and never get thorn penetrations even with my mesh panel boots. I do get a lot of scratches on my shins though and really need to get a pair of cool gaiters.

« Last Edit: December 23, 2009, 09:52:29 AM by RichardM »
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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #29 on: August 29, 2009, 12:35:54 AM »
off trail? Gators? Danged if this thread didn't teach me something...

 


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