Thread: A question for the day hikers among us

TanDan - 12/9/2007 at 08:24 PM

Any suggestions on a good pair of 'hiking' shoes that are not 'hiking' shoes?

I am not a hiker, but I'd love to be able to pull off at a trail head, switch my sandals for a decent pair of shoes that won’t weigh my feet down and go walking. I need a light shoe that 1) isn’t meant for running that could be used for hiking, and 2) isn’t designed for hardcore AT hikers. I want to be able to put the shoes on and not scream the next day from sore heels—this happens whenever I climb Stone Mountain in sandals. <---dumb idea. ‘Accidental Hiker Shoes’ is what I need--- correct shoes so I can enjoy the experience.

One of my legs is not 100% recovered from nerve damage and anything real heavy would be cumbersome on a trail. At the same time, I do not want a hybrid shoe that is off-road in name only.

I even asked a friend that owns his own shoe store and I got pointed towards what I call ‘hiking clodhoppers’.

Any suggestions?


tommars - 12/9/2007 at 09:18 PM

I'd reccomend New Balance Trail runners. I know you said you didn't want a "running " shoe but the NB 810 trail shoes really served me well this past fall in Colorado. I wasn't on any reall rocky inclines but there were some pretty steady uphill trails in the Vail area. They're really light and can take a beating. I road run in New Balance 122's also. Nike's kill my feet for some reason and NB is one of the few shoes still being made in the U.S. They'll let you know if the materials are purchased from overseas and then made here or if the shoe was made from scratch here.

Check their website. They have hikers a little heavier than the 810 also. Hang on until after Christmas if you can. The Newbalance "express" website has great inventory clearance sales.


fast43 - 12/9/2007 at 09:39 PM

Dan, go to http://www.zappos.com search mens athletic trail shoes.

And check their sale shoes too. They have free shipping and free return shipping


jephel - 12/10/2007 at 01:36 AM

I have a pair of Merrells. Not sure of model #. They are real comfortable. Well padded and good rubber bottoms that don't slip on rocks. Something like $90 a couple years ago.


dancingrhonda - 12/10/2007 at 01:47 AM

Not sure why you want to stay away from Trail 'running' shoes. They serve both purposes well. Also check out Columbia's line and now Keen makes a very cool hybrid (hiking/running) shoe.


TanDan - 12/10/2007 at 03:24 AM

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Not sure why you want to stay away from Trail 'running' shoes. They serve both purposes well. Also check out Columbia's line and now Keen makes a very cool hybrid (hiking/running) shoe.


I guess I need to look at trail running shoes. I have a pair of regular NB 470s to kick around in, but I wanted something designed for the task. The RedHead Everest Hiking Boot looks like what I'd want, but at $18.88, it sounds cheap. Merrells look good also. Waterproof is nice. Thanks for the feedback, I'm going to look at all the suggestions.


Brucebcd - 12/10/2007 at 03:56 AM

I never pay over 40 for hiking shoes.

then again, i never hike much further than the refrigerator...




lolasdeb - 12/10/2007 at 06:26 PM

For boots I have a pair on Montrails that I really like. Also a pair of Columbia's. There was an earlier thread about boots where somebody (Denza maybe?) mentioned Salomon's as having great insoles, tread, and being light-weight. I had never heard of them but have since checked them out and these will be my next hiking boot purchase - they were great! All of these brands I've mentioned come in shoe and boot versions. I also like Merrel's but have never owned them in a boot version. Ecco makes very nice hiking shoes/boots, also. Happy trails from a hiking fool!

[Edited on 12/10/2007 by lolasdeb]


rottinpeach - 12/10/2007 at 06:48 PM

about anything thats sheds water, over the ankles, and light as possible. Bass Pro Shops have some cheaper walking sticks that can really help you keep your balance. Plus if your hiking with friends, you can use them to help pull em up some slippery slopes. The sticks were around 20 bucks. I also would add a camel back water pack to the mix too.


Brucebcd - 12/10/2007 at 07:05 PM

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There was an earlier thread about boots where somebody (Denza maybe?) mentioned Salomon's as having great insoles, tread, and being light-weight. I had never heard of them but have since checked them out and these will be my next hiking boot purchase - they were great!



Here is a pic of them from their on-line store.



lolasdeb - 12/10/2007 at 07:25 PM

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There was an earlier thread about boots where somebody (Denza maybe?) mentioned Salomon's as having great insoles, tread, and being light-weight. I had never heard of them but have since checked them out and these will be my next hiking boot purchase - they were great!
Here is a pic of them from their on-line store.
LMAO!!! Yep, Bruce - those would be the one's. And that's exactly the look I got from fellow customers in the store when I was practicing my hiking steps.


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