In addition to all that I talked about in my last post, I'm going to be doing a bit of an experiment. I found some $70 Trail Runner type shoes on sale for less than $30, and I snatched them up to use as everyday tennis shoes type shoes that I'd wear on weekends, or at the gym or wherever. I don't actually need them quite yet; my former pair aren't dead yet, but they will be within months.
I like hiking boots, don't get me wrong. And I'm a little nervous about potential ankle twisting with trail runners. But the notion of walking in these comfortable, lightweight shoes also feels like a major relief on something that I was frankly dreading. I think it's going to make my trip much more comfortable.
All in all, I'd probably rather have a pair of high top hikers with a GORE-TEX liner. Something like the Cabela's XPG hikers I highlighted a few posts ago. Keen, Merrell, The North Face, Adidas, Vasque and tons of other folks make hikers like that. However, they all sell for over $100. Finding the shoes I did at the price I did was quite a steal.
I'll want to eventually upgrade them, but then again, I don't anticipate that they useful life on these shoes, especially considering that I plan to switch in the next few months into making them everyday shoes that I wear everywhere except work and church, won't be much longer than a year or two anyway. For now, I'm going to just be glad I scored such a great deal, and then look for another replacement--maybe--for the 2015 hiking season.
I freely admit that this is a bit of an experiment for me. Back in the day, when I was actually backpacking every season, I always wore hiking boots; in fact, I always wore the same pair of hiking boots. But this time, I'm looking at my all-leather uppers Frankenstein boots and just not feeling the love.