Hiking shoe boots? Hi top. Help!

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
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  • Post # 2
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    do you have an REI near you?  they are a great store.

    Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    I have a pair of vasque hiking boots and they’re fantastic. I hiked up and down the alps in them and my feet did wonderfully. I also have a pair of North Face trekking shoes which I think is kind of what you’re talking about. They’re lighter than a boot, but still have good toe protection and thick soles with great traction. I do have to say that I don’t think they’re nearly as good as my boots for true hiking. I don’t think a shoe can ever give you the ankle support of a boot, and if you’re on any challenging terrain, you risk turning an ankle because of it.

    ETA: these are the north face shoes I have https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/shoes-womens-hiking/womens-hedgehog-fastpack-gore-tex?variationId=RD6

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    sweatergal007 :  Love love love love keens. I believe they ship to Canada. Great arch support.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    sweatergal007 :  where you fitted for them, and try them on ahead of time?  or compare to another brand?  i would try on multiple boots and see which one works for you.

    for running shoes, i have a friend that swears by saucony, but they don’t work for my feet. i tried them once in the store and didn’t like them.

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    I love my Asolo hiking boots. I typically have the same issue with high top boots but my Asolo boots are perfect! I also have a pair of Keen hiking shoes which I love for summer hikes. They aren’t high tops but I also roll my ankles and prefer these in tough terrain because the lack of flexibility in my ankles in high tops causes me to trip and occasionally fall down. 

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    sweatergal007 :  Oh! They have Keen’s at Cabelas, and I would recommend trying some on. I really love the wide toe bed and the overall support of keens. I have 2 pairs for hiking, one for shorter trips and the other for our big trips, and I also have my safety shoes that I wear all day at work that are Keens. I have always had trouble with arch support, and keens are some of the only shoes that dont make my feet hurt.

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2017 - Nepal

    sweatergal007 :  I had Oboz too and they were good for short single-day trips. Before we did the trek to Everest Base Camp my husband hounded me to buy a pair of Salomon’s he wouldn’t shut up about. I bought them and completely dropped the ball, breaking the #1 rule of wearing them in before I left. So 10 days of straight trekking in brand new boots and I didn’t have the slightest bit of discomfort or sign of rubbing. These boots are by far the best I have ever worn!

    https://www.rei.com/product/883200/salomon-quest-4d-ii-gtx-hiking-boots-womens

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Honey, I feel your pain. We are heading to Denver to do another 14-er in August and I need something tougher than my minimalist Merrel trail running shoes for the crazy rocks/scrambling in those mountains.  I too prefer something lighter in weight and flexible since I have weak ankles already and I hate having anything heavy on my feet. 

    The best piece of advice I have would be to try on two different shoes at the same time (shoe A on the right foot and shoe B on the left foot) and walk around for a few minutes. Jump up and down and do some squats and jumping jacks. You’ll quickly be able to tell which shoe is more comfortable. Good luck!! 

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    The brand I have is Zamberlan, and they work well for my feet. The ones I own are possibly heavier than what you are after though.

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