Boots boots I love my boots. I'm the fifth of seven kids and got a new pair of Colorado boots handed down to me each year. Perfect because we all have nearly identical feet. Needless to say I always yearned for these broken in boots off the shelf as an adult. I love my Vasques in the same way. Never have they hurt me and they saved my life when I over packed for the JMT. I know that it is a very personal thing but I say whatever works, work it. My husband hikes in his Tevas but I'm so old fashioned and worry over my ankles too much.
I swear by Solomon boots and hiking shoes - Tevas and Keens don't fit me right (I always say I have duck feet - wide at the toe end) - I think different shoes work fine for different folks - you just have to find what's right for you.
Fitness Minutes: (1,105) Posts: 25 8/28/13 9:25 A
I love my Scarpa Kailash GTX hikers. Bought them in Frisco, Colorado last year and will keep buying them as needed. Been in Merrells for alot of years, but wanted to give these a try since a hiking buddy swore by them. He was right. Absolutely the best comfort and fast lace-up. They have great grip in both directions and there's no slip during lateral movement. Been on three week long backpacking trips and I'm lovin' em!
current weight: 180.0
Fitness Minutes: (91,837) Posts: 4,472 8/8/13 5:42 A
I love my Keens! I am going to take them in to a shoemaker next week to see about repair vs getting a new pair. the top is separating from the base - they are 2 years old so I don't know but want to check out the possibility
current weight: 168.0
Fitness Minutes: (13,765) Posts: 112 7/28/13 10:44 P
I know no one's replied to this thread for a while, but I need to vent then rejoice. First, I need to note that I've bought four pairs of hiking during the last three years. New Balance - great structure, but too narrow, Vasque - sturdy and great ankle support, but wide width was too narrow again (gave those to my daughter), and another pair can't remember the brand, but they were too narrow also (gave them to my sister),
Finally Lowa Renegade - perfect fit I settled for the mens shoe, but they fit like butter. No break in time needed, and I love the ankle support. REI sales rep showed me different ways to lace up for wide feet and high arch. I experimented a little on a few hikes, before settling on a comfortable lace up. Checked out that lacing technique link also, it was very good. Gets you thinking outside the box.
It's really hard to find wide width hiking boots for women. I think Lowa has 2E and 3E widths for women which is nice, but I didn't have time to order them.
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