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    I have gone barefoot shoes for the last year bother Merrels and VVFs. I love them and they are great but they are not water proof.
    I was doing a hard hike and needed something waterproof on my feet. I figured my old hiking boots would be fine and I wouldn't notice the heal because of the rough terrain and changes in elevation. Boy was I wrong my hip was in extreme pain the next day.
    Can anyone recommend a good zero drop hiking boot/shoe that can be waterproofed or is waterproof that I can use?
    Thanks
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    Vivobarefoot has the off road mid and highs that are on sale at places like The Clymb and Left Lane Sports fairly often. They also have the Neo Trail.

    Neo Trail Mens - Mens

    Merrell just came out with a 4mm drop too but they're pretty pricey.

    Proterra Mid Sport GORE-TEX® - Men's - Hiking Boots - J41877 | Merrell
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    • #3
      I wear these to work. check em out.

      Amazon.com: Tactical Research TR102 Mini-Mil Ultra Light Black Steel Toe Goretex Men's Boots: Shoes

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      • #4
        Originally posted by WeldingHank View Post
        I have the tan version without the steel toe and I love them. The only pair of boots I've found that is wide enough for my feet these days.

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        • #5
          Why do you need waterproof shoes? Long distance hikers universally despise waterproof shoes. They wear the most porous mesh they can get away with so that any water walked through simply drains right out. You can walk your shoes dry in a few minutes that way.
          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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          • #6
            I have found a place here that carries the vivobarefoot going to check if they have the one I want.
            Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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            Don't forget to play!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
              Why do you need waterproof shoes? Long distance hikers universally despise waterproof shoes. They wear the most porous mesh they can get away with so that any water walked through simply drains right out. You can walk your shoes dry in a few minutes that way.
              I agree with what you are saying if you walk in and out of water in dry areas but it is not about going in and out of the water, hiking in the Rockies in Canada the ground is often constantly damp or raining all the time...no way to walk it out.
              Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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              • #8
                I like the look of those tactical research boots.
                Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by WeldingHank View Post
                  I like the looks of those boots but I hate to be the safety geek here (I'm an HSE director....its what I do), but the no heel could be a safety hazard if you do much ladder climbing. The projected heels will keep your foot from slipping through the rungs.

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                  • #10
                    I got the Tactical boots last year and wore the through the winter. While the foot position is better than my old boots (heel drop), the soles aren't flexible. I'm so used to Vibrams, Vivobarefoot, and Merrell Trail Glove that the inflexibility felt restricting. If you want some ground contact feel, I'd recommend checking out the Vivibarefoot boots ( I haven't tried them yet).

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by texas.grok View Post
                      I like the looks of those boots but I hate to be the safety geek here (I'm an HSE director....its what I do), but the no heel could be a safety hazard if you do much ladder climbing. The projected heels will keep your foot from slipping through the rungs.

                      Safety first! And all that jolly shit
                      I work in an autoparts dept, on a concrete slab all day. I don't do ladders after an incident I had about 10 years back.

                      Edit: I also like that when you wear long pants, they can also pass for dress shoes. I just hate having multiple pairs of shoes for different purposes.
                      Last edited by WeldingHank; 09-06-2013, 05:31 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Dirlot View Post
                        I agree with what you are saying if you walk in and out of water in dry areas but it is not about going in and out of the water, hiking in the Rockies in Canada the ground is often constantly damp or raining all the time...no way to walk it out.
                        Where is the sweat going to go? And what about the rain that rolls down your pants and into your socks? Your feet are going to be wet no matter what you do.

                        But don't believe me. Listen to Andrew Skurka. He knows way more than I do. http://andrewskurka.com/2012/why-wat...your-feet-dry/
                        Last edited by sbhikes; 09-06-2013, 02:47 PM.
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Tom B-D View Post
                          I got the Tactical boots last year and wore the through the winter. While the foot position is better than my old boots (heel drop), the soles aren't flexible. I'm so used to Vibrams, Vivobarefoot, and Merrell Trail Glove that the inflexibility felt restricting. If you want some ground contact feel, I'd recommend checking out the Vivibarefoot boots ( I haven't tried them yet).
                          Compared to minimalist shoes, yes, I could see that. I found that when I got my mini-mil boots I intentionally stepped on sidewalk cracks and other interesting surfaces just because I could feel them. Not as well as in my shoes, but far better than any boot I've ever tried.

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