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#201178 - 06/13/18 07:00 PM Re: All leather hiking boots [Re: OregonMouse]
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I went old school and bought Zamberlan Vioz GT Hiking Boots and no regrets. No break in - just went. Training for Philmont and after the trek, my feet and ankles were the only parts that didnt hurt.

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#201195 - 06/15/18 08:00 PM Re: All leather hiking boots [Re: OregonMouse]
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Originally Posted By OregonMouse


It turns out that it's the footbed, not that piece of leather around your ankles, that provides the stability.


Not sure I'd agree with that. Case in point-ski boots and the job they have.

No matter I'll continue with what I've done for decades.

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#201196 - 06/15/18 11:01 PM Re: All leather hiking boots [Re: tramp]
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There's a lot of difference between a hiking boot and a ski boot! The ski boot is basically like a cast, and i've never seen a hiking boot like that.

I didn't believe it either until I tried trail runners, forced by not being able to find women's boots without Goretex lining. My daughter was really skeptical! However, I have not turned an ankle a single time since I made the switch to trail runners 10 years ago, while I was constantly turning my ankles in the hiking boots!
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#201208 - 06/18/18 05:30 PM Re: All leather hiking boots [Re: OregonMouse]
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My experience follows OM's. I had terrible ankle problems when I wore high top shoes. Since switching to low top shoes I've had significantly less incidents of injury. I believe there was a sports medicine paper that backed up this claim. The idea is that wearing high tops reduces your ankles necessity to develop the appropriate muscles but does not offer real protection in hard slip where you are likely to have an injury. The few times I have injured an ankle I wear a Mueller type brace which offer considerably more support than any shoe. Even those high top leather boots that extend 12" or more up your ankle do not offer much support when broken in. Obviously HYOH and use what works for you, but it is something to consider.

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#201239 - 06/27/18 11:18 AM Re: All leather hiking boots [Re: OregonMouse]
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Originally Posted By OregonMouse
There's a lot of difference between a hiking boot and a ski boot! The ski boot is basically like a cast, and i've never seen a hiking boot like that.

I didn't believe it either until I tried trail runners, forced by not being able to find women's boots without Goretex lining. My daughter was really skeptical! However, I have not turned an ankle a single time since I made the switch to trail runners 10 years ago, while I was constantly turning my ankles in the hiking boots!


I played ice hockey for quite some time. Used to practice with my skates unlaced to build ankle strength. Never played a game that way though. When you injure a joint they support it while healing.

It seems we have differing viewpoints. Well different strokes for different folks. I'll be 60 years old soon and will continue wearing what works for me.

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#201247 - 06/27/18 01:21 PM Re: All leather hiking boots [Re: tramp]
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We're never too old to learn new tricks! I made the switch to trail runners at age 73 and have never regretted it. I have never injured an ankle nor developed a blister since I switched. The boots sat unused in my closet for several years and then went to Goodwill.

As a precaution, I carried a pair of ankle braces for two years after I made the switch and never once took them out of my pack.


Edited by OregonMouse (06/27/18 01:23 PM)
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#201265 - 06/28/18 08:47 PM Re: All leather hiking boots [Re: OregonMouse]
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I've no desire to change what works for the sake of something different.

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#201266 - 06/28/18 10:43 PM Re: All leather hiking boots [Re: tramp]
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I think OM was saying that in her case the change was not merely for the sake of something different, but was a distinct improvement and a relief. But, of course, if "what works" for you is entirely satisfactory, then the elusive goal of what might possibly be even better, but might not be, has much less attraction. As OregonMouse is fond of saying: Hike Your Own Hike. Which translates as "do what works for you".

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#201271 - 06/29/18 10:05 AM Re: All leather hiking boots [Re: aimless]
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Aptly describes what I'm doing. After all the thread title is "All leather hiking boots" isn't it?

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#201301 - 06/30/18 06:48 PM Re: All leather hiking boots [Re: tramp]
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Actually, in addition to desperately needing footwear with no Goretex, I needed to lighten up. A pound on the feet is equivalent to five pounds on the back! You'll probably find as you get older, this becomes more important!
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#201303 - 06/30/18 11:00 PM Re: All leather hiking boots [Re: OregonMouse]
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I give up. My preference is wrong. I'll go away now. Good day.

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#201307 - 06/30/18 11:49 PM Re: All leather hiking boots [Re: tramp]
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I'm not saying it's wrong, just recounting my experience, mostly for the many others who read this thread. People need to know there are different options available!


Edited by OregonMouse (06/30/18 11:51 PM)
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#202138 - 11/20/18 08:26 AM Re: All leather hiking boots [Re: Bill1952]
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Originally Posted By Bill1952
I went old school and bought Zamberlan Vioz GT Hiking Boots and no regrets. No break in - just went. Training for Philmont and after the trek, my feet and ankles were the only parts that didnt hurt.


Is it pricey?

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