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Will normal toe waterproof work boots or shoes work just as well for hiking? I can get a pair easily, if that's the case? What are the pros and cons of traveling with work boots/ shoes?
 
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i think the only issue would be whether the work boots have the same amount of foot support for hiking? i think in general you'd be okay, it just seems that for hiking you'd probably want good ankle support.
 

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for hiking you'd probably want good ankle support.
I agree 100%

Here's some pictures from the last time I went hiking wearing just normal shoes.
I don't even wear normal shoes in the city anymore because I have some sort of PTSD where I'm always kind of afraid of losing my footing and breaking another leg. Get some good ankle support and some nasty treads on the bottom too.
 

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My personal preference would be decent hiking boots...whether for actual hiking, or for general everyday wear. Regular shoes will definitely fuck up your feet, after a while.
 

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I personally wear a pair of Salomon boots for hiking but everyone is different, I recommend going to an outdoor store and getting a pair fitted to you, which I did. No point in spending $150 on a decent pair of boots online and then realising they're not very well suited for your feet.
Everyday life I wear a pair of Lems primals, minimalist, ultra-lightweight and really good if you have a wider foot(feels like you're walking barefoot).
 

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I personally wear a pair of Salomon boots for hiking but everyone is different, I recommend going to an outdoor store and getting a pair fitted to you, which I did. No point in spending $150 on a decent pair of boots online and then realising they're not very well suited for your feet.
Everyday life I wear a pair of Lems primals, minimalist, ultra-lightweight and really good if you have a wider foot(feels like you're walking barefoot).
I got a decent pair of Hi-Tec hiking boots at a Big 5 sporting goods store on sale for around $45, back in January....no problems with them at all.
 

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I got a decent pair of Hi-Tec hiking boots at a Big 5 sporting goods store on sale for around $45, back in January....no problems with them at all.
Sounds like a good deal to me. I guess I just have picky feet, I've tried a few boots and the ones I have now are good for the long-term. My others have either come away from the seams or just give me constant blisters.
 

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Sounds like a good deal to me. I guess I just have picky feet, I've tried a few boots and the ones I have now are good for the long-term. My others have either come away from the seams or just give me constant blisters.
If you're in the UK, you probably won't be able to find that kind of deal on hiking boots.
 

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The sportier a lifestyle you have the less ankle support you need. If you're someone who runs/jogs/bikes or plays any sprinting sports, you can get away with hiking shoes. Work shoes might be alright here, but you'll need flexibility in the sole, so no steel shanks. If you're someone who doesn't do that often, you're better off relying on the support of a good boot.

Working boots aren't going to be all that great for anyone. It'll be really easy to trip on your own feet on any kind of difficult terrain, and typical work boots don't actually offer any ankle support but rather ankle protection from construction debris or strikes. Most work boot jobs actually require little movement in the feet, all the effort's up top.

So proper hiking boots will add ankle support while also being slim and functional. Figure out how good of a hiker you are and how tough a hike you'll be doing. If you've got trainers or running shoes those would probably work better if you're willing to get them dirty.
 
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I don't plan on doing any sporty stuff (hopping fences, biking, etc.0 but it could happen. Foot and ankle support are important, and that was a very thought observation on how work boots are meant for stationary operations. The question is "Is to comfortable to do long periods of walking in work boots/ shoes?" to be more direct about the primary intentions.
 

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I have a pair of Altima OTB's and I swear by them.Think of a tactical Chick Taylor.Great work shoe,non slip all that stuff plus they breath well.Not the best for a cold wet climate as they are sorta like jungle boots and are designed to drain.I wear mine almost every day.
 

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Yea like one other person said, ankle support is for people with weak ass ankles honestly, if you hike often and have leg and foot strength you don’t twist ankles, most thru hikers nowadays wear simple lightweight running shoes, I wear moccasins and neverhave problems even on the longest rockiest trails or on the streets! Don’t worry about getting some expensive boots my current Mocs were 1.50 from goodwill
 

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if you hike often and have leg and foot strength you don’t twist ankles
I'm calling bullshit on all that. My legs are incredibly strong. I've cycled my entire life, hiked heaps & done gangs of BJJ. I'm by no means a couch potato. Leg and foot strength didn't offer me anything when I had zero tread on sketchy slopes loaded with loose pebbles. You're not accounting for accidents whatsoever.
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I'm calling bullshit on all that. My legs are incredibly strong. I've cycled my entire life, hiked heaps & done gangs of BJJ. I'm by no means a couch potato. Leg and foot strength didn't offer me anything when I had zero tread on sketchy slopes loaded with loose pebbles. You're not accounting for accidents whatsoever. View attachment 42778 View attachment 42780
Exactly...it doesn't matter how strong one's legs or ankles are, there's always that one spot that will fuck everything up. I've twisted my ankles plenty of times just walking along a sidewalk.
 

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I'm calling bullshit on all that. My legs are incredibly strong. I've cycled my entire life, hiked heaps & done gangs of BJJ. I'm by no means a couch potato. Leg and foot strength didn't offer me anything when I had zero tread on sketchy slopes loaded with loose pebbles. You're not accounting for accidents whatsoever. View attachment 42778 View attachment 42780
 

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Call bullshit all ya want, but it’s a fact most thru hikers rock running shoes with zero support. And I’ve never had problems with zero support, you have to be mindful of where your stepping. If you trod along wrecklessly not minding where you step, even with some high ass boots you can twist some shit. My point is you don’t need badass boots unless your doing some true mountaineering like climbing up scree above tree line without a fucking trail. Don’t spend all your money on name brand and just watch where the fuck you step.
 

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I've beat the crap outa a pair of redwing loggers last... not a bad boot I enjoyed em but after a few years of hard use and neglect... so it's about time to get a new pair.

For me nothing beats a good pair of boots for daily use be it walking to the liquor store or trucking through scree, rocks, mud, roots and wild. .

Only exceptions are beach wear... for various sandals and flip flops.

I'm thinking of giving belleville tactical boots another go when I get my next pair.


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I agree 100%

Here's some pictures from the last time I went hiking wearing just normal shoes.
I don't even wear normal shoes in the city anymore because I have some sort of PTSD where I'm always kind of afraid of losing my footing and breaking another leg. Get some good ankle support and some nasty treads on the bottom too.

Haha... dude Eng that looks painful. But I gotta say your sporting some white fuzz on dat durrr that foot. :[P I'm got the Parmesan cheese heel going at the moment myself. LOL
 

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