I have high arches, narrow heel -- used to swear by…
Materials: can't remember what its called but light n tuff
Use: everything but heavy loads (low cut)
Break-in Period: 15 mins or so... insoles take longer than shoe
Price Paid: $35 Aww yeah!
I have high arches, narrow heel -- used to swear by Merrell till I put these on. This is definitely the best fitting shoe for me I've ever had. I've been through 5-10's, Lowas, Merrels, Salomons... everything. It hugs my foot and the toe box is big feeling, but when I walk it doesn't slip at all cause of the way that they have the box angled. Look at your feet -- your big toe starts further from your heel than your pinky toe (well mine does). That's how they shape the toe box and laces. RRead the tag -- it'll explain all this. It feels different when you walk, try em.
Very comfortable and durable shoe. I hiked the AT…
Use: thru hike
Break-in Period: couple days
Weight: 27 ib. pack weight on average, up to 35 at times.
Price Paid: $85
Very comfortable and durable shoe. I hiked the AT last year and picked these up in Damascus after my feet became enlarged and my Eclipses (Garmont) no longer fit. I hiked the rest of the trail in these, which was over 1700 miles, and while they finally were nearly toast at the end they made it and only had a few small blowouts. The sole was still intact though and the comfort was still good. Just a workhorse that gets the job done.
This shoe is incredible. After suffering from foot…
Materials: Gore-tex (I think)
Break-in Period: none!
Price Paid: $99.99
This shoe is incredible. After suffering from foot pain, I came across this shoe at our local mountain gear. I loved the way they looked ("Nasty"). But when I tried them on, it was the best shoe I had ever worn. They are comfortable, lightweight, and perfectly customized for your feet. They are as tough as nails too. I hope they make more of this type of shoe!
These are expensive shoes but amazingly comfortable.
Use: light hiking, trail running
Break-in Period: none
Weight: under a pound
Price Paid: $100
These are expensive shoes but amazingly comfortable. I've done a lot of light hiking in these and never had a problem. Incredibly light. They are so comfortable I might even try them on an ultralight backpacking trip sometime. I plan on buying another pair as soon as I see them go on sale or look like they might possibly be discontinued.