Footwear can be a tough decision at the best of times, but when it comes to your safety, how do you know what to choose?
Like everything out there these days, there are so many choices that making a decision to buy something can be so confusing!
Hiking boots are no exception. You can buy a pair of hiking boots for less than $30, of you can spend hundreds! I have done both and the results are surprising.
Like any piece of footwear, you need to try them on to get the right fit and comfort level. It is a very personal decision, so I will share my experiences with you.
I have bought myself some cheap “Aldi” hiking boots in the past – they were warm, covered my ankles, were completely waterproof and lasted me for years but I must say that they were the most uncomfortable shoes that I have ever purchased! I still have them in my cupboard as “emergency” boots and hardly ever use them now. They are firm and inflexible and really don’t grip well on wet rocks – a little dangerous for me!
On the other end of the scale, I bought myself a really nice pair of Merrell boots. These things cost me about $400…. OUCH! But, they were so comfortable, they were waterproof, they had fantastic grip. I wore them everywhere and loved them – for about a year. Then I found that the stitching that held the shoe to the sole started to give way and the shoe was falling apart. I also found that the sole was wearing very quickly – so much so that I used to get wet woks when I walked outside in the rain!
Timberlands were a great boot. They were completely leather and cost me around $200 for the pair. These were warm and comfortable, had good grip and were pretty waterproof. The leather upper made these boots very durable. I think these boots were very good value for money. How long did they last? Well, I have had them for a few years now and if I give them a polish, they still look great! I think I still have a few more years in these boots!
A friend of mine told me about Keens – He swears by them! I took his advice and decided to give them a try. For me they were a little uncomfortable and it took me a good 2 weeks to get used to them. Having said that, shoes are a personal choice and some people find they can break in a pair of shoes in the first day. Anyway, I persevered with these Keen boots and eventually got used to them. They are warm, lightweight and somewhat comfortable. I have had them for about 3 months now and have had a couple of issues with them. The sole already seems to be coming apart, and one of the “cast metal” shoelace clips has broken off. I have never had that happen to me before! I have not even taken these shoes out hiking yet! I cave also noticed that these boots have a slippery sole – Hmmmm…. for me, maybe not such a good choice….. Maybe I just got a bad batch? I think I might buy something else next time!
So these are my comments and opinions….. Let me know if there is anything you could add to this article – your opinion could be very helpful to our readers!