Columbia Wallawalla 2 Mid Omni-Tech
These boots are soft and light. I recommend them for…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: around $70 at an outlet
These boots are soft and light. I recommend them for straight distance hiking, especially for people with foot problems.
- Sole is pretty sticky for slab work
- Basically waterproof, but breathable
- Funky feeling ankle - it happened to fit around my upper ankle, but many people don't like the binding feeling
- Not the best protection for tender/injured feet
I have rheumatoid arthritis, with damage to the joints in my feet. Because of this, I need boots that fit well, and do not pinch anywhere. I purchased these boots two days before a scheduled trip to climb some of the 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks, because my joints were swollen past the point of comfort for my usual boots. I was highly pleased with the purchase.
The boots fit well, not pinching or binding in the toe box, yet not sliding around in the heel area. I took a few walks on unfortunately level ground to try to break them in as much as possible, and it was enough - no issues, as they are basically soft boots anyway. I added Green Superfeet insoles to them, of course. The final word on fit - NO BLISTERS. Not one.
The shoe provides as much support as expected for a mid-rise sneakery-type boot. A nice surprise was the vice-like grip around the top cuff of the boot - I could see where it would be infuriating if it did not fit exactly so, but they happened to fit me well.
This grip came in handy, as I hiked up Scarface, Ampersand, Algonquin and Wright peaks this past week, in the middle of a period of really, really wet weather. The water resistance was perfect, and no mud or water penetrated the shoe itself - gaiters, however, would have been a plus. The soles are not fantastically grippy, but got the job done - I was a little nervous on the slab sections, not being familiar with these boots, and the faces being wet, but aside from a few slips, they were fine.
I was very excited and happy about these boots, as finding comfortable and functional boots is a problem for me, considering my medical condition. Did I mention NO BLISTERS? Sadly, I am going to have to keep looking for the perfect boots, as I need a little more protection against knocking my feet against stones. I was kinda clumsy even before the RA, and when my joints are acting up, tripping/kicking rocks is not the most fun thing to do. For someone without these issues, however, these boots would be well-nigh perfect, in my opinion.