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    Help: which boots, hiking vs. work??

    I'm in need of a boot that can stand up to hiking the beach/trails with kids during the winter, that is decent looking and doesn't break the bank (Dapperd's sweet spot IMHO). They may encounter show, definitely lost of sand and could get splashed by water. Do I have to go full out hiking boot (i.e. Joe's List: https://dappered.com/2018/11/6-style...-worth-owning/ or could I get away with a decent work boot, maybe even giving it some kind of treatment? I'd love an excuse to buy the pacer's from J.Crew on sale right now, but not sure if they have the functionality I'm after. Do I need to stick with something like a lower priced Danner (though that Danner Mountain Light is gorgeous). However, since I won't be hiking in extreme cold would something waterproof generate too much heat? The priority here would give an edge to comfort and function over style. Below are other options I've dugThanks for any feedback!

    https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/the-nor...r=bone%20brown

    https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/1202...age.recsmiddle

    https://www.eddiebauer.com/product/m...-196318-_-null

    https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/timberl...rown%20leather

    https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ugg-oli...ter&color=navy

    https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ugg-hal...er&color=slate

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    Personally, I like the Timberland.

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    Not sure what your style is, but these are probably the best made hiking boots for the money (goodyearwelt looks at these very favorably). Made in Italy, Full Grain Leather, Norwegian Welt...they are exceptional.

    https://www.sierratradingpost.com/al...-mens-boots%2F

    https://www.sierratradingpost.com/al...-mens-boots%2F

    https://www.sierratradingpost.com/al...-mens-boots%2F

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    I own two pairs of the Pacers..I don’t think they are up to rugged hiking. I would recommend Blundstones, but I don’t think they are in favor around here. But they are solid, comfortable, mostly waterproof, and durable. I’ve worn mine for years.

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    Disclaimer...I backpack and do trails that you get dirty on and have been up to my knees in water crossings. Take my opinions with that in mind. Also, footwear is a hot subject in the hiking world. Personally, there is only 1 pair of boots (Vasque) on Joe's list that I would spend the money on. The rest are the hiking equivalent of athleisure and wont actually perform any better that a pair of running shoes or any lug sole boot. But they have that heritage look that people equate to an outdoors boot. I am not saying you cant hike in them, I am saying you are paying a premium for not much benefit. I hike in some fake leather (fake leather is plastic, plastic is waterproof) chukkas I got on clearance for $7 because they feel good on my feet and dont let water in.

    What kind of hiking? "walks in the woods" on well established paths or something a little more. I have Pacers and no way I would hike in them. Footbed is too firm and the tread just doesnt have the grip. I love the look but they are not my most comfortable boot for walking. I actually intend to get an insole. I have given them some good mileage to wear in and they are still firm.

    Waterproof leather with no mesh can cook your feet. They do with me at least. If water gets in the boot it stays int he boot as well so be sure you are wearing pants that cover the top and socks that go higher than the boot. That should stop most water from getting into the boot. I hiked in 40 degree rainy weather this weekend and thats about the only time I pull out the waterproof boots. All the other times I hike in low top running shoes. I do strolls in the woods with the kids in my chukkas too, but the tread is iffy so that is only well established trails.

    For hiking (or even just extended walking/standing), you HAVE to go try them on. Comfort is king. But just based on looks, I like several you posted. Weight, flex, and footbed makes or breaks them though. Some of those look like they might weigh a ton. So go try some on, buy what has a grippy looking sole and is comfy and that you like the look of. Dont overthink it. Do be aware that a lug sole doesnt equal grip on wet surfaces. It depends on the material some too.
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    Dang it. You have sent me down a rabbit hole this morning. I have been kicking around the idea of a pair of boots I could wear around town but would suffice on a trail with better grip than my chukkas. The wife and I often set out for the mountain towns and dont have a firm plan. Sometimes we just have lunch in a little town, sometimes we go for a hike. My chukkas have served me well but the soles are wearing through. That NorthFace and the Timberland are pretty good looking.

    @embrassurespace those look pretty nice too. They remind me of the classic Timberland boots. Wish I could try some on. For high boots I need a good padding around the top or they rub my legs

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    Quote Originally Posted by idvsego View Post
    Dang it. You have sent me down a rabbit hole this morning. I have been kicking around the idea of a pair of boots I could wear around town but would suffice on a trail with better grip than my chukkas. The wife and I often set out for the mountain towns and dont have a firm plan. Sometimes we just have lunch in a little town, sometimes we go for a hike. My chukkas have served me well but the soles are wearing through. That NorthFace and the Timberland are pretty good looking.

    @embrassurespace those look pretty nice too. They remind me of the classic Timberland boots. Wish I could try some on. For high boots I need a good padding around the top or they rub my legs
    Thanks for the help! You have pretty much nailed my dilemma. I appreciate you pointing out the 'athleisure' nature of some hiking boots (my list in particular) and giving me the heads up on the heat issue. I've wondered if just a nice pair of boots with some treatment would essentially be the same thing as the aforementioned "hiking" boots. I will be spending my winter at the beaches of NC and SoCal with an occasional trip to the mountains. However, the hiking I'm doing will be with two kids ages 6 & 4. Something that could be comfortable to walk in, but also keep debris out (sand, snow should a snowball fight break out, occasional splash of water or slight misstep into a shallow puddle while catching crabs from the bay, etc.). For any real trail hiking I'll likely just use my trail running shoes, but they let sand in due to being low and they by no means work well transitioning to dinner, ha! I'll be traveling, hence the desire for something "all in one", much like your trip to the mountains.

    Any suggestions then on a comfy boot that will keep out debris/ light snow with style enough to handle going out to dinner? Furthermore, any recommended treatments to give them? The Alico boots linked above look nice, but are out of my size. Joe has mentioned the AE Higgins Mill, but that seems a bit steep on price to give it the kind of abuse I'll dish out.

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    I have been looking pretty hard for a similar boot for an upcoming around the world trip--something I can hike in but can also wear everyday and not look ridiculous. I like a lot of the Danner models meant for "light hiking," but have had trouble finding the perfect shoe. Today an ad for the new Goruck boot popped up on Instagram:

    https://www.goruck.com/macv-1/

    I like the look quite a bit. Could fit the bill. Also like the look of these New Balance trail runners a lot, but worried the tread might not be quite enough for more serious hiking.

    https://www.newbalance.com/pd/fresh-...Magnet_and_Gum

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    I'm a big fan of Danner and own the Mountain Light and the Jag boots. The MLs are some serious boots that I only wear on backpacking trips or bad ice/snow days (rare where I'm at). The Jag boot is much more versatile and has held up well for me on light to moderate trails. Something like that, or the Mountain 600, might be more up your alley since it sounds like they will serve multiple functions for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by embrassurespace View Post
    Not sure what your style is, but these are probably the best made hiking boots for the money (goodyearwelt looks at these very favorably). Made in Italy, Full Grain Leather, Norwegian Welt...they are exceptional.

    https://www.sierratradingpost.com/al...-mens-boots%2F

    https://www.sierratradingpost.com/al...-mens-boots%2F

    https://www.sierratradingpost.com/al...-mens-boots%2F
    keep in mind the alico boots are on the heavier side, they're mean for backpacking boots.

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