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    My hiking boots died last month after 15 years. I don't even know what brand they were, but they took me through desert, mountains, swamps, rain and snow and I never got a blister, and never got wet feet. They will be missed.

    Because my wife is a Macy's employee, I wanted to take advantage of her hefty discounts. Therefore, I had to choose from something sold at Macy's. I chose the Timberland Chocorua hiking boot. My son took a pair of these for a two-week hike in New Mexico and had no complaints. It's not a mid-height (which I like), and they're not lightweight by any means, but for 40% off list ($130), I thought I'd give them a try. It would be nice to think I won't have to buy another pair for 15 years.

    They are comfy, but the real test is in the field. What annoys me is how different the sizing is these days. I used to wear a size 11 1/2 shoe, and that was the only size I bought. Nowadays, I wear anywhere between a 10 1/2 and a 13 1/2. What happened to the world? Why must a 5'11" man wear a size 13 shoe? I feel like Shaquille O'Neal.

    "Do you have this in a size 13?"

    "No sir, freaks like you should shop at the big and tall store. This store is for normal people."

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    Shoe size

    Quote Originally Posted by fubba28 View Post
    . What annoys me is how different the sizing is these days. I used to wear a size 11 1/2 shoe, and that was the only size I bought. Nowadays, I wear anywhere between a 10 1/2 and a 13 1/2. What happened to the world? Why must a 5'11" man wear a size 13 shoe? I feel like Shaquille O'Neal.

    "Do you have this in a size 13?"

    "No sir, freaks like you should shop at the big and tall store. This store is for normal people."
    Man, can I relate to the problem of varying sizes. How did all these shoe lasts suddenly vary in size? Globalization and translation issues?
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    Now, one trouble with having long-lasting boots is the absent incentive to go to the web page of a traditional boot maker and find a video appreciated here.

    For those who would wish to hike in greater safety around rattlesnakes or vipers.


    Of course, I assume some prejudicial favoritism for shoes and boots not contracted to SE Asian or Chinese factories.

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    My vote for the money is Merrel Moab. Under 2 lbs and got them under $100 bucks at Campmor.com; EMS sells them for $125. This is my second pair, over the past decade or so. I previosly wore North Face, Tmberland, EMS and Hi-Techs which all had some good, and not so good, qualities but this is the first pair I bought again and intend to keep buying until they fail me.

    I put my first pair out to pasture after finishing an AT section in Massachusetts this June that witnessed 3 T-storms in 24 hours and had me climbing, and descending, Race Mt. and Mt. Everett in waterfall-like conditions. They provided great support and stuck to the rocks I was climbing upon despite being four years old and seeing regular wearing. note- My foot runs narrow and many other boots prove too loose and cause blistering and toe nail issues.

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    I have a buddy who uses a set of DocMartin boots and swears by them. A bit heavy but this guy is hard on gear and they just keep going. I personally bought a set of nice redwings (I have skinny feet and they make narrow widths that work well.) I thought they might go a couple years but 12 plus years of daily wear and they are still going strong. I treat them monthly in the winter and as needed in the summer and I use them for work/everything.

    I wouldn't want to try bouldering or ice climbing in them but trail walking OH YEAH! They wen't from village to village all across the Andes from 8,000'-15,000'+ for 7 years and did everything I asked them too.

    Huauqui

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    Vasque Breeze is a good boot as well. I have both Keens and Vasques and love them both!

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    So I guess Crocs are out of the Question?

    U am also in the market for a good boot
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    Quote Originally Posted by blkx01 View Post
    Zamberlan 310 Skill GT: Light weight, great support, made in Italy. Had mine 12 years & still going strong.
    http://www.zamberlan.com/catalog/ind...rod=17&idcat=2
    blkx01,

    Do you have a size and weight on your Skills? I've been eyeing Zamberlan boots and the 308 Trekker, 310 Skill and 198 Tundra are on my short list.
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    I'm going to try Lowa Zephyrs soon. Will post back with a review. Right now I have a pair of Italian Sundowners and Asolo TPS 520s. Looking to go lighter/synthetic...

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    I have a pair of Lowa Renegades right now and while a decent boot I'm finding the toebox to be a bit small.
    "There are places in this world that are neither here nor there, neither up nor down, neither real nor imaginary. These are the in-between places, difficult to find and even more challenging to sustain." - Thomas Moore

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