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EILEENV3
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3/9/14 5:58 A

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Does anyone know about a hiking boot that corrects for over-pronation. When I retired in August, wore crocs too often around house. My feet rebelled as they don't correct for pronation. I've now got sandals that do correct as well as a couple of pairs of New Balance sneakers that do. However, my hiking boots don't. I have inserts that do but not sure this is enough. Since I bought the boots several years ago, my feet have changed enough in other ways that I am thinking about getting a different pair.

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3/7/14 8:01 P

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Sounds like you've had some great adventures in your Teva's Helmtgrl!

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3/7/14 4:13 P

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I don't wear boots at all. I wear Teva sandals. As long as my backpack weighs under 45 pounds, they are the best. I wear them half a size larger, and the extra length protects my foot against rocks. Wearing sandals keeps my ankles strong, so I never worry about turning them. They're light, they're cool, it doesn't matter if you get them wet, and you can cinch them down or loosen them up depending on terrain. The only places they are not good is on long traverses across scree fields, or on talus slopes. I hike about 250 miles in Tevas every year, not counting around-town or fishing. In 2009, I hiked the Annapurna circuit in Nepal, and only used boots one day, for the crossing of the Thorang La in snow and ice.

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2/25/14 9:28 P

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Merrells. They make the brag that they're made to fit a woman's foot, not just sized down from a mans boot. I've found that to be true, they fit me great!

Cindy

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2/23/14 11:13 A

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I wear Keen boots, the ball of the foot is wider and I just love them. I have a pair or Merrill trail shoes that are great too but I need new ones!




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2/21/14 10:15 P

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I think I'm on my 6th pair of Solomon trail runners and/or hikers from REI. I wear them so much they just wear out!

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2/21/14 7:08 A

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REI rocks!

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After reading this thread I went to supplement my footwear with a pair of Solomon trail runners but the help at Sports Chalet was pathetic. I left saying "thanks for nothing I'm going to REI"


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DFOLKARD
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Love my Vasque!

Deb or Debbie

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DEBSTER48
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2/16/14 6:54 P

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I have a pair of Merrells and just recently bought a pair of leather waterproof Timberlands. I have only worn the Timberlands once, the other day in snow, and really like the way they performed. But the Merrells were great straight out of the box, no breaking in needed and very lightweight.

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I use Vasque for backpacking and they are a godsend.


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2/11/14 1:26 A

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I'm really sold on the Scarpa Kailash GTX. Been hiking in these boots for a couple years now. It's a wonderful, wonderful boot. Great heal counter, good snug fit, and a great tread that handle lateral movement on rocks and boulders. .... Hiked in Merrell's for quite a few years and they're a fine boot, but I'm sticking with this one.

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I have an old pair of Hi-Tec's and they are the only ones which have stood the test of time. For me, they have just the right amount not-too-heavy tread on the bottom and excellent ankle support (which I need). I have a pair of Merrells that look good, but are a tad too big, so I only wear them in the winter and wear 2 pairs of socks with them. I also have a pair of North Face trail runners that are great for easy hikes. I think it's important to find the right pair of boots for your feet and for the kind of hiking you plan to do, everyone is different!


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I buy solomon.



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MOTIVATED@LAST
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9/27/12 12:42 A

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25weeks,

You make a good point. A lot of the benefit of trail shoes or boots is that they have a lot chunkier tread than regular runners, which offers a lot more traction on muddy and slippery surfaces.

M@L

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9/26/12 4:55 P

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I have bought 2 pairs of Solomon walking shoes so far cos they look nice (!!!) but they are comfy and make me feel safe cos I'm a bit nervous about slipping.

Hubby bought some this month and the guy who sold them was excellent. He picked out the right pair straight away and after trying on several hubby ended up buying the first ones! Try the Moorland Rambler if you're in the South West anytime. http://www.moorland-rambler.co.uk/

Annie from the UK.


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9/23/12 2:56 A

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Hi Linda
I'm English so different shops are available to me. I went to what I thought was one of the best, and the woman who served me was so completely clueless I didn't buy anything. So I have to try again. Living in central London isn't actually the best place to be for stuff like this! I'd be better off in the Lake District.


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LYNDALOVES2HIKE
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I have several pairs, different brands, love all of them - they include Merrell [three pairs, my 'go-to' boots most of the time], Vasque [one leather, one 'light' style], Asolo - My current favorite for cross-country, long hikes, backpacks or winter hiking are my Asolo boots - the Merrell's are summer boots, Since I got my Asolo boots, haven't worn my Vasque, although I always did like them - but my feet seem to have grown ever-so-slightly and they feel too tight now.

My advice is to find out which brand or brands fit YOUR feet best - what works for me or someone else might be the worst choice for you and vice versa. Go to a GOOD store like REI or Sport Chalet if possible and get fitted properly - go shopping at the end of the day when your feet are already swollen [best if you hike for several hours that day before boot shopping!!!], walk around the store some, if it's a good store they will have a slant board to try the fit on 'downhill' and if you get them at REI, you can return them if they don't work out. If you plan to wear them on a backpack, try them on with the backpack filled to about the same weight because your feet will get 'bigger' when you're carrying a heavy pack.

Good luck and keep us posted to let us know what you end up getting!

Lynda in Orange County, So Calif

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Merrell Payette- Love the roomy toe box since my foot is wider at the front. Lots of cushion around the ankle. They are low cuts, but the cushioning has helped tons when I have rolled my ankle.

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KAYOTIC
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I love my Solomon trail runners, on my third pair.

highest weight ever:202, SP starting weight: 143

New goal: 125 lbs, just to see what that looks and feels like! Hit it: Feb 2013!

H: 5''4" 49 y.o.

"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers

"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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Hi-Tec. They seem to fit my wide feet best.

Kricket in SoCal

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SWDESERTLOVER
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9/21/12 9:09 P

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Mine are Vasque and I love them. Got them at REI.

Cindy
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MOTIVATED@LAST
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Actually, these days I go for trail runners rather than boots. Currenrly looking at a pair of New Balances.

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Mine are Keen and I love them!! But I've heard good thing about Merrills too.

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Mine are Vasque and I love them. Got them at REI.

Cindy
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Merrills

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I wear The North Face boots, but I'm not really happy with them and would be interested to see what others here say too.

Lynn

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CHICCHANTAL
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I'm going to have to buy some - at the moment I wear trainers. Just wondered if anyone has any suggestions?


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