What's your footwear preference?

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Shewie, Jun 28, 2014.

  1. Shewie

    Shewie Chief Slackpacker Staff Member

    Just curious what folk are wearing on their feet for hiking trips, I started using trail shoes a couple of years ago and haven''t gone back to boots since, with the exception of winter trips when there's snow down, ice or just plain nasty conditions.

    Pro's and cons of trail shoes? Pros imho are they are light, allowing you more mileage and longer days, they dry quickly and they are better ventilated for warm weather. You can easily wade straight through rivers without worrying about getting them wet, like you would with a lined boot, half an hour down the trail and they're pretty much dry.
    Cons? Probably the main one for me is an occasional lack of support, I've not actually done it yet but I've been close to rolling an ankle on a couple of occasions, luckily with poles I've saved myself. A sprain or worse could be a trip ender so I mindful when I'm out, especially on bouldery terrain.

    Chris Townsend once said, a pound on the foot is worth five in the pack, meaning weight saved on the feet is worth much more than that in the pack, a lighter shoe means a lot less effort and better foot placement, more energy in the legs on ascents and at the end of the day. It's a personal choice and a debate that's run for a good few years now, I'd recommend anyone to try it at some point, just wear an old pair of meshy trainers and head out for a day walk, get them wet early on and just set off.

    A couple of things I've learned with trail shoes, wear a pair of light ankle/scree gaiters when crossing heather or grassy terrain, I get really irritated by bits in my shoes. The other is to wash your shoes and insoles at the end of the day, especially if you've been wading through mud and silty rivers all day. A fine paste builds up behind the toes in the foot bed and gives me blisters eventually, just one to think about.

    I mention my foot care routine in the wash kit thread

    So what's your preference?

  2. ozzy1977

    ozzy1977 Summit Camper

    I will be getting a pair of assics fuji attack shoes soon, they have the same fot bed as my nimbus running shoe, currently wearing a pair of modern karrimor fsb, utter crap.
  3. Kit McCallion

    Kit McCallion Trail Blazer

    I can see the appeal of trail shoes but I've got a long standing ankle injury and no support puts the fear in me. I'm currently using Brasher Supalite II's which are still pretty heavy at 1100g for the pair.

    I'll have to bite the bullet and give trail shoes a go someday.
  4. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    double post!
  5. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Been using Inov8s since 2009. Started wearing for daywalks, and then took them as spares on a 2 week Scottish backpack. After 5 days I carried the boots and wore the shoes!
    Now I only wear boots backpacking in snow or cold n wet checkpointing or micronav sessions where I'll be static a lot.

    If worried (or under a misapprehension) about 'support' for 'weak ankles', there is lots of information out there. e.g. http://backpackerpt.com/2014/03/16/weak-ankles/
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2014
  6. Jacko1066

    Jacko1066 Ultralighter

    I currently use brasher hill master ii's as my go to boots at the minute, really really comfy, I do love those boots.
    I also own a pair of baffins for proper snow which again are nice boots.

    I keep looking at trail shoes, especially the speed cross 3's, but Pete put me on to Adidas ones yesterday and some of this look interesting to.

    What's amazing is how much the prices differ on the sane shoes lol
  7. happycamper

    happycamper Trail Blazer

    Brooks Cascadia ... They were the only shoes that fit me well so I'll be sticking with them. The newer 9s have a better grip on wet rock. The older versions were dodgy.
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  8. MrHare

    MrHare Summit Camper

    Vivobarefoot Off Road walking shoes. I run in Neo trails, and the Off Road shoes are similar soles but a bit harder.
  9. ADz

    ADz Thru Hiker

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