quote:My suggestions... Go to MEC, talk to the staff, try on lots of hiking boots till you find a pair that fits very well. Avoid boots that are heavy and/or stiff (unless you have weak ankles). If they're leather then get a good waterproofing product for them. Wear a pair of liner socks as your inital foot layer (then hiking socks over them)... it will cut down on blisters.
Yup, been doing that! LOL, in the last few weeks, I've blown off over 4 days now and have probably tried on ever pair of hikers going... finally came down to a pair of Meindl's, that unfortunately are higher weight, but are absolutely terrific for all other aspects of difficult-to-fit feet for something that are going to fare my tromping around in muddy/swampy conditions. Hehe, I finally decided to look at the extra weight as "well, I did want to get into even better condition, so in the long run, if its just equivalent to having a hamster's more weight tied to each of my feet, shouldn't I just build that little extra strength?" (and I intend to take up backpacking next summer, so hopefully they'll be more multi-purpose)
Fully leather and water proofed trail runners/day hiking shoes have got to be my all time favorite for the past three years! (hehe, I go through 2 pairs a year! though the moment I find something I love, they discontinue it! ahh!)... they just don't fare well when I go hiking in really mucky conditions or creeks, especially on the occasions when mud or water go up over the rim and into the shoe
... but when I did Haleakula Crater, I did quite prefer my "old friend" pair of hiking boots I used to have.
Mind you, off all the places I've been to, MEC staff were ammong THE LEAST helpful or knowledgeable... one of the guys even answered every question I had with a blank look and "which pair you want buy?!" and had the attitude of all boots are the same, just choose the pair you like the look of on the wall... sheesh [
Thanks for the tip on the liners
... I'll look into those ASAP for my new boots.