boots were not made for walkin'
February 9, 2014 6:50 PM Subscribe
What shoes should I buy for a long-distance (20-mile+ each day) walking trip? I think I would like not
to get a hiking boot.
My experience buying shoes is mostly limited to the second-hand store, so I'm kind of at a loss here.
I think I don't want hiking boots for a couple of reasons. I think of them as very heavy and clunky, and in walking long distances even that small weight is sure to add up. I also hate what a production it is to get them off and on. They also tend to feel so sweaty and claustrophobic when you heat up. My trip will go over some slightly rough terrain, but it's not a wilderness trek by any means. Basically unless there's a really compelling reason to go with hiking boots, I'd rather not.
I'm about size 10.5 men's US, with very wide feet. Like wide enough that for most normal shoe brands, the only way to fit is to go a size or two up and deal with the extra toe room.
I tend to eat through shoes fast, fast, fast-- usually they start to eat out along the outer bottom edge, and eventually a hole also tends to spring on the outer top side (!). I know this is partly from my feet being wide but I think my gait also places particular stress on the outside of the foot. In any case, I need these shoes to last at least 500 miles.
I guess I'm looking for a shoe that:
--will be comfortable (minimizing the impact stress and blisters of long-distance walking as much as possible)
--feel light instead of heavy and clunky
--can stand up to some rain/moisture without instantly soaking (though probably doesn't need to be all-out waterproof
...I guess that's about it! Leather-free would be awesome but is not paramount. Price range...$200-ish is probably the most I'd spend unless you can convince me this shoe has supernatural qualities. Something more in the $100 range would be ideal.
Please recommend me something very specific. I am shoe-impaired.