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10/27/19 5:37 A

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Thanks for some excellent advice on footwear! Newbie here, trying to gather as much information as possible for a hike next May in the Grand Canyon! So much to learn!

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8/27/19 5:18 P

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Looks like you've got some great advice from Miamirn, hope you have a great trip! emoticon

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8/24/19 4:04 A

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Too much room in the toe box other than snug blisters.

I think you’ve got it down!

Have a great time!!

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8/23/19 9:52 P

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Always wool. Even t shirts. Cotton kills in the hills. Well, I’ve considered cotton for the liners. My current ones are in sad shape.

I have considered wearing the boots outside of the house. I’m in a very strict no shoes dwelling. I broke in my lightweight hikers by using them exclusively for a few weeks.

What’s the concern when toes go side to side?

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8/21/19 11:25 A

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I'm a newbie at hiking mountains, but not trails. I am a retired nurse. My specialization was pediatric rehabilitation. Let me share what I know about footwear and the physiology of walking.

I think, it all matters when it comes to footwear. and I agree, trying out your boots wearing the same socks you will be hiking with is important. I highly suggest getting wool socks, because they breathe very well, don't stink and offer great comfort and cushion. Believe it or not, they are not hot and will not make your feet sweat. Because they breathe so well you have less risk of foot fungus and bacterial infections. They come in different ankle heights and thicknesses. You can find them on Amazon and many sports stores. Since you are carrying a hefty load, I suggest buying the thickest wool sock available. It will give you an optimum cushion.

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Toe-box should be roomy so your toes can breathe and grip when necessary. But, your toes should not be able to slide, side to side. The arch to should conform to YOUR arch. Buying arch support might be necessary. I avoiding drug store arch supports. I would suggest an online shoe store specializing in foot problems. There is always the option of removing the sole and buying inserts. Just be careful to buy real leather and not a material that cannot breathe. Your heel needs to be snug, not tight. Since you pronate I suggest high tops. Good ankle support is truly helpful. I have pronation, as well. It will help your balance, lessen the chance of tripping and probably reduce muscle soreness.

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One last thought. Have you thought about wearing your boots around the house and outside instead of going barefoot or wearing street shoes? It might help your body to adjust and not just your feet.

I hope I have helped.

Have a terrific trip!

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8/20/19 10:16 A

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A 130 lb woman with a 35-40 lb backpack (I am working on dropping the pack weight, and I might be in the 120s by the time I take the trip) is planning her first GCNP hike. Maybe Kaibab, maybe Rim to Rim. Possibly Havasupai. Availability will matter.

My current boots are not up to the task.

I stopped by REI, and tried Oboz Sawtooth II GTX waterproof and Vasque Breeze III GTX.
Both fit well, although I will go back and try them with my hiking socks and liners.
Oboz had a slightly bigger toebox, and that might matter. I tend to pronante. I tend to go barefoot at home and work.

So what matters most? Heel, ankle, toebox? Something I’m missing?
Thanks!

(I borrowed boots, men’s, no less, for a section of the PCT a few years ago.
I went on a lark, two nights out. Knew I’d want to do more overnight backpacking, and never go ill prepared again.)


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