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03-03-2015, 06:28 PM   #31
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I could go into a very long treatise on this subject but will spare you the agony since you've found something already. A few brands from the current stable that are all day comfortable on the trail or concrete all day; AKU, Lowa, Hanwag, Scarpa, Salewa, La Sportiva, and a new favorite, Planika, made in Slovenia. We're fortunate to have Thorlo socks made just 30 miles from us and they have an outlet in Statesville, NC USA. They make hiking and military socks for outfitting countries worldwide and liners and at least three different thicknesses and thread blends for hiking. You'll probably need to replace the insole soon as most die quickly due to compression. There are many replacements available, Superfeet comes to mind. Finally, if anyone is willing to chance mail order, Sierra Trading Post online can have some super deals on boots and shoes plus the country of origin is listed in each product they sell. Glad you found something that works.

03-16-2015, 01:23 PM   #32
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I have a couple of Merrell hiking boots. They've never failed me, and trying them on concrete can be just as valuable as anything else. Concrete is hard. If you can handle 20,000 steps, then you'll be in good shape.

Another recommendation I'll make for anyone that is on their feet a lot. Good insoles / inserts can be almost as important as the shoes themselves. I have flat fee and while going to brands like Merrell (for hiking) and Ecco (for everyday, walking) have been great. It is my SuperFeet insoles that have been the biggest help to comfort. It's amazing what the extra support can do. Other brands work, too, but you definitely don't want to go for bargain type of insoles. Those end up just being a bit of padding, when you really need the structure that a $30+ insole will provide.
03-16-2015, 01:40 PM   #33
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Lots of good advice here. I currently have these:


I've used heavier boots and also light trail running shoes. Depending on the kind of hiking you do, ankle support and protection might make you more comfortable.
These are close to being trail running shoes with the addition of waterproofing and ankle support. The suit me the best of anything I have tried so far. I hike quite a bit but mostly high mountains, not jungle. I recently used them on a couple of hikes in the jungle on Kauai and they were good although it was not particularly hot.
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