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    Zero drop hiking boots/shoes

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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?
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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.

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    Quote 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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    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.
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    I have found a place here that carries the vivobarefoot going to check if they have the one I want.
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    Quote 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.
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    I like the look of those tactical research boots.
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    Quote 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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    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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