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What's your choice in footwear?

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Offline Sanjuro82

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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #30 on: August 29, 2009, 09:54:19 AM »
FartyMarty,

here's what I've used last year and it worked very well!  Get yourself a pair of full leather hiking boots (without the steel-toes), and then buy yourself some ShoeGoo (or something equivalent) and put a protective layer over any area you think will take extra abuse.  If you are worried about your toes, make yourself a nice thick toe-cap with the shoegoo.  Once the shoegoo dries you got your self a pair of armored leather boots.  The shoegoo flexes so you still have the comfort and flexibility needed to hike.  Try it!

I have also heard of people using 2-Part Epoxy to cover the toe, but I don't have any personal experience with that, i'd be worries about a lack of flexibility with the epoxy, but it might give you better protection.

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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #31 on: August 29, 2009, 12:55:00 PM »
Forget the boots...I now hike and backpack with my New Balance running shoes or with some sandals (crocs or Tevas) . Unless its winter (snow) and need to keep my feet warm, then I'll use boots. Shoes weight a lot less and so you need much less effort to move 1 foot in front of another. Shoes are about 23 oz. my boots are 3 lb 5 oz. Now if you are walking 12 miles, that is aprox 26000 steps. My boots have been sitting in my closet for the last 2 years :-)
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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #32 on: August 30, 2009, 05:34:30 AM »
Get yourself a pair of full leather hiking boots (without the steel-toes), and then buy yourself some ShoeGoo (or something equivalent) and put a protective layer over any area you think will take extra abuse.  If you are worried about your toes, make yourself a nice thick toe-cap with the shoegoo.  Once the shoegoo dries you got your self a pair of armored leather boots. 

Thanks Sanjuro', I had never heard of ShoeGoo. It sounds like good stuff to have on hand even if you're not looking for extra toe protection.
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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #33 on: August 30, 2009, 12:21:15 PM »
Yeah I always carry a tube around for the "just in-case" scenarios.

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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #34 on: August 31, 2009, 10:40:29 AM »
Get yourself a pair of full leather hiking boots (without the steel-toes), and then buy yourself some ShoeGoo (or something equivalent) and put a protective layer over any area you think will take extra abuse.&nbsp; If you are worried about your toes, make yourself a nice thick toe-cap with the shoegoo.&nbsp; Once the shoegoo dries you got your self a pair of armored leather boots.&nbsp;

Thanks Sanjuro', I had never heard of ShoeGoo. It sounds like good stuff to have on hand even if you're not looking for extra toe protection.

 YEs, FM i vouch for Shoe Goo too, it is really good,flexes along with your boot,and forms a very strong protetive layer where you need it the most. The only draw back is that it takes 24 hours to fully vulcanize and also while it is doing that,the Toulene (that is a cleaner) is evaporating from the surface of the shoe,it stinks like hell. You will need to take it outside for full process.

 Other than that,a great product.


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Re: What's your choice in footwear? FM follow-up
« Reply #35 on: September 25, 2009, 03:10:31 AM »
First of all I want to thank everybody for your advice.  :icon_smile:

There is an ornery part of my brain that said I should buy steel toe hikers just to show you all that it wasn't such a dumb idea. (I got that ornery part from my father.) Fortunately the logical part of my brain (that would be from my mother) started giggling and said "That's right ask the experts for advice and then ignore them, better get a dunce hat that says "Dumb A$$"  :loser:(or "Gringo Boboso" :eusa_drool:) to properly complete the outfit from head to toe. That was when I read this thread over again and then ordered a pair of Asolo TPS 520 GV with free shipping from backcountry.com (thru Amazon), which arrived earlier today yesterday and I'm wearing as I type this. I'll be getting some Shoe Goo as well. The boots feel pretty good right out of the box. I'll be wearing them every other day over the next few weeks to get them broke in. I ordered them a full size over my everyday shoe size. I thought that I should allow a half size for foot swelling and another half size for thick wool socks and sock liners. I'll report back in about a month or so to share my experience.
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Re: What's your choice in footwear? FM follow-up
« Reply #36 on: September 25, 2009, 10:02:24 AM »
I ordered them a full size over my everyday shoe size. I thought that I should allow a half size for foot swelling and another half size for thick wool socks and sock liners.

FM -- I realize this is 'none of my business,' but before you scuff those new boots & can't return them you might want to re-think the sizing. I've found with "real boots" that one of the keys is to get the correct size without accounting for swelling, and without needing to add extra socks to fill out the volume. I think you'll have a better fit, and far fewer chances of blisters, if you don't purposely size up.

The swelling (imho) is only pertinent if you're doing some serious long-distance mileage at one time, maybe >200 miles of continuous hiking let's say. And your feet will breathe better & feel more comfy if you use fewer socks.

Just my $0.02...

I love those Asolo's -- I'm sure you will too.
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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #37 on: September 25, 2009, 04:15:49 PM »
I recently purchased the Asolo shoes of which you speak.  They performed very well in the Pecos through ankle twisting scree while shedding water and mud in the mucky meadows.  They are pretty heavy and that's the only downside.  I have become quite used to that, however.  They are a great pair of boots.
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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #38 on: September 25, 2009, 08:31:41 PM »
My choice of footwear is whatever is on sale at Ross that fits me. Shoes don't last that long but beats hauling around some big heavy boots (which I have...just don't use anymore).
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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #39 on: September 25, 2009, 10:39:03 PM »
Hi FM!
I've been happy with my Asolo boots but I went with the part leather part composite style...model FSN 95 GTX. They have a large toe protection patch which was one of my concerns also. I just weighed my size 11 pair and the two boots weigh a total of 3 pounds 4 ounces. Looks like the TPS 520 GV boots weigh about a half pound more per pair. Make sure you break those boots in with lots of walking. Back when I had full leather boots it would take me a lot of miles and Sno Seal (anyone remember Sno Seal) to get the leather to comform nicely to my feet. Some people swore that filling full leather boots with warm water, dumping the water out and then wearing the boots for an extended period of time was the best way to break in a new pair. I never went that far. Just do as much walking as you can in them to be sure they are broken in.

My boots are like this pic but are gray with red trim...sporty!!  :eusa_dance:
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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #40 on: September 26, 2009, 11:26:27 AM »
I'm personally looking at these two Merrell Models.  I like the mid height and the full leather uppers.

Merrell Phaser-Peak Waterproof  (they also have a Gore-Tex version)
http://www.merrell.com/US/en-us/ViewProduct.mvc.aspx/8899M/0/Mens/Phaser-Peak-Waterproof?galleryId=M-F



Merrell Perimeter Gore-Tex
http://www.merrell.com/US/en-us/ViewProduct.mvc.aspx/15109M/0/Mens/Perimeter-Gore-Tex?galleryId=M-F



Anyone have any experience with these?  I'm in the market since Montrail downsized and they don't make the model I've worn for the last 7 years.


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Re: What's your choice in footwear? FM follow-up
« Reply #41 on: September 26, 2009, 01:48:20 PM »

FM -- I realize this is 'none of my business,'

I'm the last one to fully understand Internet etiquette, however I think that when someone (me) asks for
advice then it's the business of whoever wants to make it their business as long as they are making a good faith
effort to be helpful.  I could be wrong. :eusa_shifty:

In any case Thanks trtlrock! I'm planning to get >200 miles on these boots but it will not be continuous so I'm hoping
that my feet swell a little quicker than that. If not I'll have more to think about next time. If I was planning
some long OML type backpack I would worry more about my size selection. However I only see day hikes and
one nighters in my future so I won't be putting these boots or hopefully my feet at their limits. If I may borrow
a phrase from those less vocabulary-challenged; I'm loathe to return a well made product because I screwed
up and ordered the wrong thing, besides that I've already scuffed and wrinkled them. :icon_smile:
Now to see if I can keep PP thorns out of my toes. :icon_eek:
Fort Worth

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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #42 on: September 26, 2009, 07:39:13 PM »
Second Trtlrock, a poorly fitting boot will do more damage to your hiking foot that a properly fitting boot, nobody but nobody has done more studies than the military and they may not fit the clothing well, but they do fit the boots, buy the best boots you can afford that properly fit, break them in and have fun, carry and switch dry socks on a regular basis take care of feet with good fitting boots, properly cut toenails and an occasional break from the heat as your feet are how you get home.  

Personal preference is Montrail.
« Last Edit: September 26, 2009, 07:41:44 PM by Undertaker »
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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #43 on: October 07, 2009, 07:58:24 PM »
I did the shoe goo stuff on my hiking boots today. Neat! At first I tried to spread it then I realized it would find its own level if I let it. Once it set a little and skinned over you can mash the still liquid part under the skin around. I made a cap for the entire toe then went all around the sole and all the seams. If you've ever inadvertently kicked a cactus while walking you'll understand the need for the armoring of the toes of your boots.

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Re: What's your choice in footwear?
« Reply #44 on: October 28, 2009, 05:11:36 PM »
 Got a really heavy duty pair of Coleman hightop hiking boots I bought back in '01, took about a month to break em in, been to Bibe 2 times,Government canyon about 10 Bastrop SP several,Pedernales 4-5,wore them to work some,even wear them with my Sunday best occasionally. The only thing worn is the lugs. A little stitch has been loose for a few years but hasnt got worse. They are pretty heavy but I am used to them. Good ankle support,new insoles & laces,lets go!!! I have put some solid mileage on them & they have held up incredibly. Fantastic if you dont mind the break in & the weight.

 


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