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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-11-2013, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Hiking footwear help

I have a question about hiking footwear and I hope to get some help here. I have some nerve damage in my right foot, and when I wear my Timberland boots my achilles tendons kill me with shooting pain and the balls of my feet get sore in just a few miles. Frequent rests, changing socks are of no help. So today, and almost on a whim, I hiked in just a pair of New Balance tennis shoes. I was amazed to learn that my feet don't hurt at all after using common tennis shoes. With that as background then, can anyone recommend hiking shoes that are more along the lines of tennis shoes than boots? I used them Timberlands for years without any issues, and all of a sudden they are like wearing torture devises. I liked them so much that I bought 2 x pair... Any help and guidance is appreciated.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-11-2013, 08:15 PM
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Re: Hiking footwear help

I bought a pair of New Balance trail running shoes and they were great.

They feel and look a lot like a "sneaker" but just have a little more support and more tread for traction than typical athletic shoes.

They were comfortable, lightweight, and held up very well. I put a lot of trail miles on them before they finally wore out.

Recently I bought a pair of Asics trail running shoes, and have done some hiking on them, and so far so good. They seem fine, and the price was reasonable.

Dicks Sporting Goods carries a lot of "trail running shoes" and "light hiking shoes." You can go there and try out a bunch of styles and see what works for you.

But if the tennis shoes you bought are working for you, just keep using them. I did a lot of hiking over the years in all kinds of "sneakers." Including Converse All Stars, back in the day.
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Thanks troutbert; I'll slide by Dick's tomorrow.

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Re: Hiking footwear help

Cabelas also has a large selection of these kinds of shoes.

BTW, some of these "light hikers" and "trail shoes" and "walking shoes" have waterproofing, which would often come in handy.
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Picked up a pair of Keen Hybreds at Dicks. They sure are comfortable.

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Re: Hiking footwear help

Good to hear. Me and my husband sometimes talk about how miserable hiking with those heavy boots was when we were in college and made us both give up the outdoors. I like trail running shoes for the grip but Keens should do a good job on that, too.
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