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I need recommendations for solid hiking boots. I have been a dedicated hiker for many years but about 4 years ago I developed injuries to my Achilles tendons that impacted nerves in the balls of both feet resulting in extreme pain when walking or even stepping on the brake peddle when driving. Now, after several different podiatrists and a failed attempt to address the issue with custom orthotics, I got some excellent advise from the Rothman Institute and things are on the mend. The podiatrist at Rothman suggested that I deep-six the Timberlands I have used and get a pair of hiking boots with thicker and more ridged soles. Does anyone have a recommendation for hiking boots that would meet the thick and ridged sole requirement that the podiatrist feels is necessary?
 

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I have worn two different hiking boots that fit your description. Both were very well made and comfortable.

Meindl and Asolo.
 

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My LOWA RENEGADE GTX are so comfortable The leather inside is like butter Made in Germany they are a little expensive but well worth it
 

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I also have a pair of the Lowa Tibets.They are a very high quality boot.But keep in mind,what fits my feet may not fit your feet.Others to look at,Zamberlan,Hanwag,Crispi,Kenetrek,Scarpa.Try on as many as you can before making that final choice.
 

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+1 on the Meindl. Quality boot that fit great, with good support and are comfortable to walk in. "Perfekt" footbeds offer fatigue-fighting comfort on long hikes
 

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I'll throw in another recommendation...LL Bean. May sound odd to some. I have their mid-length trail hiker (I think it's called). Best hiking boots I have ever had. I wear them more than just about any other shoe I own when I'm not working. With a good trail sock you're good to go.

I also have a low pair of Merrells that make me recommend them as well. Either way, try as many as you can.
 

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Hanwags are sized under the EUR system but I find they fit me great and provide great support for western hunting on slopes or locally along the river valleys.
 

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If you want a stiff/hard sole, the Meindls are ok, the Asolo's are better. I have Meindl Perfekts for hunting. They are very, very good. I have Asolo Sasslong hikers, they are better. VERY hard/rigid sole, they are made to wear with a somewhat heavy load on your back. I've used them for everything from shoveling snow to toting a toddler around Hawk Mountain in a backpack carrier. They are outstanding boots, and very, very hard/firm sole on them, which makes nice work of rocky terrain, by the way.

Where the Meindls let rocks poke/prod my feet to a certain extent when scrambling on glacial rock, for example, the Asolos do not. Ever.

A great place to watch for deals on boots is Sierra Trading Post. I got my Sasslongs for about 1/3 off shelf price, free shipping, and help online to size them, which worked out perfectly (plus they send a label with them to return them if you're not happy). Sign up for their email/facebook lists and you get more deals/discounts sent to you.
 

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Jimsdad, do you have a condition called metatesarglia? I was diagnosed with that and have pain under my toes and balls of my feet. I was told I have to tight of calfs, which pull on the tendons running under the foot to the toes. I was told to look for a boot with a wide toe box, not necessarily a wide shoe. I have not had luck finding that boot that I can try on. I bought a new pair of running shoes, called altras, their selling feature is a wide toe box and with these shoes I have started running again without the toe pain which had stopped me. I am not suggesting using running shoes, by any means, However consider also looking for a boot and shoe with a wide toe box. I realize my fix may not be yours. Any boots which scrunch my toes together make the underside of toes and ball of foot hurt. As I have heard described you want your toes to spread out so they could play the piano. Well this turned out longer than expected
 
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