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    Hiking shoe question

    Last year, august, about a year before going primal, I bought some expensive hiking shoes.... They were very confortable for about half an hour wearing them in the shop. Only this year I really got to use them... and they are not confortable at all while walking in the pyrenees mountains! After about an hour, my right foot feels crushed, my toes get hurt while walking downhill which really exagerates the pain in my big toes (hallux valgus tendancy), and I really, really felt clumsy with a pair of boots so big and stiff!
    About two weeks ago I received a pair of Vibram KSO trek shoes, and I'm trying to get adapted to them. So far so good! I've done two small one hour walks (with a little running in between), no pain at all!
    But I'm not sure if the KSO trek would hold up in the pyrenees mountains... sharp rocks and all.... What are your ideas about hiking shoes that I could use, can I use the KSO treks? (that is, if my feet would stand more than 6 hours walking in them! should probably train a bit more!)
    Another question, summer will not last forever (although last year until november I was still wearing my sandals!) and I just hate the thought of putting my feet in shoes again, what are confortable "barefoot" shoes to wear that look like normal shoes?

    Thanks for your answer!
    Karine

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    I like my merrells too. Great hiking this Summer.

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    for hiking, i love my merrell trail gloves on anything with sharp or jagged rocks. wearing vibrams up a mountain like is great, but coming down can be painful. the thicker, stiffer sole and closed toe box of the trail gloves gives me all the protection i need while still feeling light and mobile. now i only use my clunky hiking boots for shoveling snow or winter hikes when i don't need snowshoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by primalrob View Post
    for hiking, i love my merrell trail gloves on anything with sharp or jagged rocks. wearing vibrams up a mountain like is great, but coming down can be painful. the thicker, stiffer sole and closed toe box of the trail gloves gives me all the protection i need while still feeling light and mobile. now i only use my clunky hiking boots for shoveling snow or winter hikes when i don't need snowshoes.
    +1. I go hiking and backpacking with the Merrell barefoot style shoes. Love 'em. Trail gloves are great in summer, but true gloves or sonics are great when it gets cold.

    --Me

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamm View Post
    +1. I go hiking and backpacking with the Merrell barefoot style shoes. Love 'em. Trail gloves are great in summer, but true gloves or sonics are great when it gets cold.

    --Me
    I went hiking in the Austrian Alps this summer with barefoot merrells. It was cold and windy, feet stayed warm. Good traction on steep terrain. So another +1 for the Merrell's.

    The Merrell's lace up around the arch of your foot, so there is NEVER any slippage, no toes ramming into the front of your shoe even when your standing on a sharp incline. The only thing is that you have to step differently. No balancing on the edge of rocks with your arch, you have to step on the ball of your foot.

    Edit: I bought men's trail gloves, they worked just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lissee View Post
    I went hiking in the Austrian Alps this summer with barefoot merrells. It was cold and windy, feet stayed warm. Good traction on steep terrain. So another +1 for the Merrell's.

    The Merrell's lace up around the arch of your foot, so there is NEVER any slippage, no toes ramming into the front of your shoe even when your standing on a sharp incline. The only thing is that you have to step differently. No balancing on the edge of rocks with your arch, you have to step on the ball of your foot.

    Edit: I bought men's trail gloves, they worked just fine.
    I would love to buy some of the Merrell men's shoes, but alas my feet are too small. I wear a 6.5/7 in women's and the smallest they offer in men's are a men's size 7. I wore the Merrell Contour Glove almost all winter last year and my feet stayed comfortable, they are waterproof, but we had a really mild winter last year so I'm not sure how they would do during a normal winter.

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    It sounds like your first pair of shoes were just too small. If you're really looking for a sturdy pair of boots, you might try a slightly larger size. I find that sizing is all relative. When I buy waterproof boots for example, I almost always have to go up a half size because the waterproof liner takes up extra space inside the boot. If you shop at REI, they will let you return boots after you have hiked in them if they aren't comfy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by palebluedots View Post
    It sounds like your first pair of shoes were just too small. If you're really looking for a sturdy pair of boots, you might try a slightly larger size. I find that sizing is all relative. When I buy waterproof boots for example, I almost always have to go up a half size because the waterproof liner takes up extra space inside the boot. If you shop at REI, they will let you return boots after you have hiked in them if they aren't comfy.
    The size of these shoes were right, they measured it, and had them measure it again, this summer.... I think they are not fit for my feet. Anyone wants a pair of Meindl Burma Pro size 39,5?? I'm trying to sell them.......
    REI is not really an option, since I live in France.... nice shop though!!

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    Chaussures Barefoot Femme - Barefoot collection Femme

    Merrell has some great barefoot shoes. Rumor has it that next year they will be coming out with a minimal hiking shoe/boot.
    Last edited by Lynna; 09-11-2012 at 07:23 AM.

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