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    #31
    If you only wear them hiking and you only go hiking a couple times month, maybe even weekly if it's mostly dirt trails as opposed to naked rock, it should take years and years before the soles wear out. It's wearing them around town on concrete and asphalt - do a lot of walking on those surfaces and the soles wear out a lot quicker. I usually wear a pair of running shoes to walk in and the tread wears out in the heels in a matter of a 3-4 months. I generally average about 15K steps a day though so they get a lot of mileage. I have a pair of cheaper waterproof hiking boots I wear for walking around town in wet weather. My more expensive ones, the Oboz Bridgers, I only wear hiking and those are a few years old and still fine.
    “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” – Mark Twain

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      #32




      They did great on their kind of introductory mini hike. 5 miles and they felt great the whole time. I almost expected them to explore or something for $79 but they really seemed to do ok. There were even some pretty rocky parts, and some frozen mud partsand they did just fine on those too!

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        #33
        Keep in mind that
        1. Columbia likely uses the same Asian factory/contract manufacturers as many other mainline brands.
        2. Shoes like those use the same construction methods as walking/running shoes.
        3. Walking/running shoes are generally designed to last 500+ miles for actual running.
        So... if you're hiking on dirt and not ripping the crap out of them on rocks, they should be good for 50+ 10 mile hikes. Substandard manufacturing or poor materials could lead to the soles delaminating, but my guess is they'll probably do just fine.

        For comparison, I have a pair of Asics trail runners that I got for $90 at REI and wore for probably 1000 miles (too much I know). I used them for dirt running and day hiking. The liner around the heel shredded and started messing with my Achilles area, but the soles had plenty of life left.

        Your mileage may vary...
        Mark

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          #34
          Originally posted by daniel123
          i will advice you go for Adidas Original 3M shoe
          Nothing provides support, traction, and waterproofing when hiking the backwoods like a good skate shoe eh?
          https://www.professorhorseyhead.com

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            #35
            My first post on these boards so let me begin by saying hello!

            I've been hiking regularly for about 25 years on trails ranging from my local state parks, to Grand Canyon rim-to-rim hikes and at least 30 National Parks. I concur with many of the posters above. Optimally, you want a "real" hiking shoe (meaning, made a reputable manufacturer known for making hiking shoe), with good traction, ankle support and a nice sized toe box so that you avoid losing toenails on more challenging hikes. At minimum, a good trail runner will suffice if you're going to just do light hikes on reliable terrain with minimal elevation changes.

            My go-to hikers are low-cut Asolos with Gore-Tex. They're versatile and not so "hikey" looking that I feel silly wearing them off the trails. I've been wearing this particular pair on upstate NY trails 2-3 times a month for the past 2 years and they hold up well.

            I've also got a pair of Salomon boots that have great ventilation for when we hike out in the Southwest (which, thanks to COVID, I haven't been able to do in about a year). Great ankle support for steep climbs on dry terrain and slickrock, but they keep your feet cool. Not the prettiest boots but really versatile and comfortable.

            Finally, I've got a pair of Danner Mountain Lights for hikes in cold, wet situations or light snow. (Plus, they also allow me to feel like I'm Daniel Craig in SPECTRE when I'm wearing them.) Pricey, but impeccably well-made and durable. But these are serious boots for serious hikes.

            TL;DR: It all depends on what your hiking goals are; but if there's one piece of advice I'd have, it's to buy the best hiking shoe you can afford, make sure it fits perfectly, and make the "look" of the shoe secondary.

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              #36
              danner is always a good option

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                #37
                Surprisingly, most hikers are moving away from boots and going towards trail runners. Unless you are carrying heavy loads, have significant ankle issues, or will be in heavy snow, a full boot may not be the way to go. Most trail runners have plenty of grip, a rock plate in the sole, and functional materials like gore-tex, all in a much lighter package. You can always add gaiters for rain and even light snow. I use Brooks Cascadias when I hike. I've also used Merrel's trail runners. I'll admit, there's more stylish options to have, but like was said previously, when you are a few miles deep on a trail, function often trumps form.

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                  #38
                  Originally posted by TheJasonaissance View Post
                  Surprisingly, most hikers are moving away from boots and going towards trail runners. Unless you are carrying heavy loads, have significant ankle issues, or will be in heavy snow, a full boot may not be the way to go. Most trail runners have plenty of grip, a rock plate in the sole, and functional materials like gore-tex, all in a much lighter package. You can always add gaiters for rain and even light snow. I use Brooks Cascadias when I hike. I've also used Merrel's trail runners. I'll admit, there's more stylish options to have, but like was said previously, when you are a few miles deep on a trail, function often trumps form.
                  That's interesting, but doesn't really surprise me. For one thing, that's what we all did as kids. Maybe there were some rich kids whose parents bought them special hiking boots, but I'm going to guess that the vast majority of us just wore whatever sneakers or "tennies" or Air Jordons we wore everyday. For another thing, trail runners are a good economical choice that can serve as a hiking shoe or running shoe for most recreational purposes. Especially for day hikes on groomed or established trails, you just don't need anything super duper. But I've also read that the majority of thru-hikers on the big trails like Appalachian and Pacific Crest pretty much ditch their heavy, chunky hiking boots and big packs like two weeks in for running shoes and ultralight setups (if they didn't start out ultralight to begin with).

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