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hiking shoes question

ScottySkis

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i hiked last year with my sneakers. If i buy hiking shies what is a good brand that to isnt to expensive. If i spend more money like skis are the hiking easirier in the feet? Thanks inadvance for any help. i know it earluly for this question bur spring wether is warm out and i need tobe enjoying outside mountajns some way.
 

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We picked up Merrell lightweight hiking boots last year for about $100/pair which work well for the few times we usually get out.

YMMV...like with ski boots, you need to figure out which boot fits your foot best.
 

ScottySkis

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Thanks Hammmeer. I went to Marshalls and got a pair if Norh Face hiking booots on sale for 70$ trhing them out nkw. Hiking was easire when i was 40 lbs kighter i ha e goal now to louse weitght.
 

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I ended up using trail runners(Innov8 255) most of last year since I have odd feet and in most brand of boots I end up with blisters on my heels. Real lite and legs didn't end up as tired at the end of long hikes with them.
 

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As a high mileage hiker, I recommend the lightest shoes that are still comfortable. I hike and backpack with full pack with low cut shoes as long as weather allows it over any terrain. I will hike day hikes in trail runners sometimes. This may not be doable if you need more support of your ankle or have soft feet. A burlier shoe/boot often takes a while to break in but provides much more support.
I am not brand loyal and shop sale prices and leftovers (lots of leftovers available with my small size) I have currently salamon, keen, merrells, and LL bean shoes in my 3 season quiver. The Keens (Targhee) are most durable. Merrells (moab ventilator gtx) actually blew out prematurely but Merrell replaced them free.
Fit is most important to prevent blisters.
 
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