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06-03-2017 11:19 PM
Paveglass Oboz. I use mine in the high country when elk hunting. Great boots with terrific support that can handle adverse conditions.
05-29-2017 03:26 AM
1977 I like Red Wing boots, my recent pair of "Irish Settlers" have been lasting 3 years of everyday wear. Motorcycling, hiking, farming. Minus the few upper steel hooks that have broken off the leather and waterproofing are mint in 4" puddles still. The soles still have 50% wear left and I'm not easy on them.
05-28-2017 10:33 PM
purplehullpeas Personally I like the Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II. But I agree with everything said, from the two pairs rotated to the LE boots being better on hard surfaces.
I like my Columbia's, I bought a second pair and have them in the closet for when these wear out. I work on concrete and hard surfaces. I bought a cheaper pair of Sketchers for daily work now and save my Columbia's for backpacking.
I've worn my share of Bates, and they hold up very well. The Columbia's I wear sell for about $80.
05-28-2017 10:05 PM
Connoisseurus Rex I have an old pair of converse boots handed down from my grandfather. They've held up for years. Very comfy and good for tearing up any terrain but straight up.

The only other comparable boots I own are Reeboks. They aren't as rugged but they wear nice and handle everything I throw at them.

I only bought the Reebok because I couldn't find the Converse.
05-28-2017 09:59 PM
Goulash Guru
Originally Posted by Elessar View Post
I've found that the Merrill Moab has the Vibram sole so I'll be sticking to that for now. Hoping for better performance. Side note: Couldn't find a Vibram on either the Bates or the Keen on their web site in a mid height.
Exactry what I have: Moab Ventilator with Vibram sole. Been daily wear for five months, including several hikes in the mountains and through streams. They've held up well so far and are extremely comfortable.
05-27-2017 10:02 AM
PeterEnergy I have hiking sneakers from Columbia that are waterproof. I just bought a 2nd pair. The 1st pair lasted 20 years.

This hiking sneaker is much lighter than my backpacking boot, which I need when supporting a 40 lb pack. This I got 20 years ago from LL Bean. Consumer Reports once rated them the best. My experience is 5-star, outstanding. Not cheap.

05-27-2017 09:26 AM
Don H I've got a pair of Danners that must be 40 years old. Been resoled once, now my son wears them.

I'f you want a heavy boot for work or hunting buy some heavy waterproof boots. But if you're hiking or backpacking 15 - 20 miles a day go with a pair of trail runners with a stiff inner sole.
05-27-2017 07:24 AM
ROCK6 Having a career where boots (military) are everyday wear, the irony is that I've moved to more minimalistic footwear for recreational activities. I've been using Salomon shoes for distance backpacking. This is the second season with my first pair...they've held up well so far.

The biggest challenge with most hiking shoes and lighter boots is that their construction really relies on glue. Heat and repeatedly getting wet really degrade the glue; most of these shoes/boots have their soles come apart before they're worn down.

I've also moved (for the most part) away from built in vapor-barrier (Gore-Tex, etc.) liners. If you're active, especially with rain or around water, your footwear is going to get soaked and the vapor-barrier boots take forever to fully dry out. I really try to avoid them for my serious footwear.

For real long-term footwear, you must serious consider a quality leather boot with stitched soles. They are expensive, heavier than I typically prefer, but they will last. You could possibly even buy spare Vibram soles and store away for a cobbler to replace when worn out. My two choices I have are from Danner (Elk Hunter, non-insulated), and Zamberlan Latemar boots. They require more care and maintenance, but I've had my Danner boot for almost 15 years and my Zamberlan boots about 8 years. To be honest they don't get much use where I currently live, but I still keep them conditioned and wear them occasionally.

If you stick with the typical trail-runner type shoes (which I do for backpacking), if you find a pair you really like, I would recommend buying another pair or two for stashing away as companies drop models every few years and it sucks to have a great pair of trail shoes that when they finally wear out, they are not longer made.

05-26-2017 11:42 PM
Goblin X My area, I tend to wear boots, after a few inter reactions with reptiles and soft shoes, decided it was cheaper and less painful to wear boots. My top right now? White Boots. finally got enough together to order me a set of lace to toe smoke jumpers.

used to be Danner was my choice, the decided not to honor their warranty. simple i found another boot company.
If your after a Hiking Boot, ASOLO. Ive had a set of classic's forever. leather. removable liner. wear thick socks (wigwam -40s or similar) Took me forever to brakem in just right. after that? like taking a stroll with a old friend.

snake boots, if your a hunter, Chippewa. leather, vibrum soles, kevlar shaft laceups 16's My second pair. first pair didn't wear out, a incident with a tree stand did em in,, but Chippewa stood behind em.
05-26-2017 10:17 PM
trinity93 I have started moving away from boots except for the most hardest county. I find that trail runners are sufficient for 99% of the terrain i encounter these days not to mention lighter and more comfortable on my feet. They also tend to dry a lot faster in wet conditions and are cheaper to replace when they wear out
05-26-2017 09:19 PM
jonesy Keen Durand mid is what ive been wearing for 3 years . They have been so good to me. so good in fact I bought another pair this week. the Targhee 2's are good but Durand is where its at for Keen's imo
05-26-2017 01:03 PM
ppine Leather boots mostly have stiched soles. When they wear out you can put on new ones. I worked with a forester in Spokane that had resoled his White's 9 times and he was not close to retirement.
05-26-2017 10:36 AM

Just remember this word:


This brand is the best hiking boot I have ever had. Have hike over 1000 miles with the pair I have on right now. the soles are a little worn but the top still looks new. Great, comfortable boots.
05-26-2017 10:17 AM
Elessar I've found that the Merrill Moab has the Vibram sole so I'll be sticking to that for now. Hoping for better performance. Side note: Couldn't find a Vibram on either the Bates or the Keen on their web site in a mid height.
05-26-2017 09:34 AM
Mrs.sardog I second the Vibram soles. They seems to last much longer than anything else I have ever had.

As for a brand I love Kayland brand. They are hard to find in stores, but are easily found on the net. I have a pair that I've had for about 17 years that I wore almost every day for several years before they got a lot of wear. And I wore them in very rough terrain when sardog and I were doing SAR work.

One I found about a year ago at our local hardware store that is wearing well for outside work is Red Wing. I got them on clearance for about $90 and they seem to be wearing very well and are comfortable with good arch support. My feet and legs don't hurt as much after a day of walking on concrete or outside work.

I have a pair of Itascas I got on sale and have just wore for general walking and they don't seem to be wearing very well at all.
05-26-2017 08:14 AM
Elessar Good comments on here and I specially appreciate the comment about the Keen hikers with the Vibram soles. Didn't know that so I'm heading over to the Keen web site to check that out immediately after this. Also, good to idea about the Bates design intention. I hadn't thought about that so I'll look there too.

I do have two pairs of boots which I switch back and forth between very regularly but I also recognize that daily wear is tough on almost anything. It's obvious that is a person has two pair and switches between them that each will only get half the wear, or another way to put it, they will both last twice as long. I don't have any problems with the uppers wearing out because in my case the uppers look almost new when I retire them. It's the soles that wear down flat and you can "feel" the difference when you contact the ground, especially in rough terrain.

I don't leave the house without something on my feet that will allow me to walk home from where ever I'm going, so hikers have been my boot of choice for a long while now. I have a pair of Danner Ft. Lewis combat boots for back up but they're so stinkin' heavy that I hope to not need them. The Danner's rest in my closet, just in case...

Many thanks to all who have taken the time to comment here. I'm going shopping now.
05-26-2017 05:50 AM
charliemeyer007 +1 for 2 pair so they dry out some on their day off.

2 pair of White Smoke Jumpers made for my feet in 1983. I went to the factory. Wore them every day for many years all kinds of jobs from road tester to back country surveyor. Even wore them to train on my road bicycle with toe clips. Still nice boots.

After break in I sealed the stitching then treated them with SnoSeal on a warm day. Saddle soap every year or as required, a little mink oil every other year, mostly just SnoSeal. Never dried them by the fire. Always wore a thin inner wicking sock and a heavy outer pair of cushion or warmth. Never a blister with them.
05-25-2017 07:43 PM
Apok I've owned a pair of KEEN hikers for about 5 years and have done a fair bit of hiking in them as well as wearing them around town. The vibram soles have held out well.

I know guys that rate SCARPA boots as the best, but have no personal experience with them.
05-25-2017 07:38 PM
DuneElliot Hiking boots are generally made with a softer rubber sole than street boots so that they have more grip on slick rocks and aren't generally used on asphalt and concrete.

Maybe look into Bates duty boots. I've worn them hiking a lot but since they are designed more for LE they last longer in urban environments.

BTW, awesome name and picture.
05-25-2017 06:40 PM
ppine Try something a little heavier and more substantial. More leather and less nylon and foam.
Boots will last longer if you don't wear them every day and they have a chance to air out between wearings.
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