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What are you wearing on your feet?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by Mastalerz, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. fishiker

    fishiker

    Nov 5, 2006
  2. sideways

    sideways

    Feb 19, 2013
    I have two pairs of vff's and both suffer from vff death funk. Since the shoes do not do well with socks they are a breeding ground for bacteria and smell accordingly.
     
  3. rcoulas

    rcoulas

    141
    Jul 23, 2005
    I wear VFF all the time. They do wash well if they get smelly from sweating, socks are not a shield for bacteria and shoes can get just as bad. You just feel better because you think your socks help. I shear sheep all day in wool moccasins and never have a problem, just wash them when they need it. I get some pretty nasty stuff on and in them some days. My feet are fine.
     
  4. ConBon

    ConBon

    Jan 17, 2012
    $4 bought me a pair of Belleville 700s. Retail for $192. Sure they were worn down pretty bad on the sole and I had to give them a good bath, but they are waterproof and cost almost nothing. I wear Red Wing Heritage Series Chukkas in Briar Oil Slick leather for daily use, as well as when I'm fishing and don't plan on going into the water or fishing in a swampy area, and I think they will make good stalking boots. They are boots, but are cut really short and don't weigh much at all. The Red Wings are by far the most comfortable shoe I have ever had; they took two weeks to break in, but they fit and conform to my foot like no other. Made in USA to boot. Get it?:rolleyes:

    Cheers,
    Connor
     
  5. Uxi

    Uxi

    150
    Oct 10, 2012
    I usually wear my Danner Marine Corps Combat Boots which are still in great shape. I usually have the Bates MCCB's as backup. I have a couple pairs of desert boots from the sandbox sitting in the garage if I needed them but would probably go to with some of my old black goretex ICB's first.
     
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  6. nezpercelands

    nezpercelands

    77
    Dec 16, 2009
    Always wool socks, and anything from Danner Super Rainforest II , (literally hundreds and hundreds of miles, both work and play), to Merrells, and Solomons. I'd really like a pair of Danner Mountain Lites...
     
  7. ron finkbeiner jr

    ron finkbeiner jr Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 6, 2012
    I bought two pairs of Targhee 2's from Keen, both of them super comfortable but both had QC pro less so I sent them back. Zappos Vip is g2g!
     
  8. Kansas Mike

    Kansas Mike

    70
    Jul 22, 2013
    Wearing some handmade deerskin mocs right now. I wear Danner Combat Hikers most of the time when I'm hiking.
     
  9. ron finkbeiner jr

    ron finkbeiner jr Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 6, 2012
    I wear a size 16 shoe and I tell you it's hard to find a good pair of gtx hikers.
     
  10. Dan57

    Dan57

    Apr 8, 2012
    Chaco Z2s for everything except cycling. Love 'em.
     
  11. longbeard

    longbeard

    351
    Dec 30, 2011
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  12. bacpacker

    bacpacker

    145
    Jun 13, 2012
    Depends on the seasons. Most of the time it's a pair of Vasque Breeze lightweight waterproof hikers. Sometime an old pair of Vasque Sundowners I have worn for 20+ years. Both of these boots are 10x better/more confortable than any other regular hiking boot I have ever worn. They have lasted much better as well.

    For hunting or really serious bushwhacking I have a pair of Danner Ft.Lewis boots. For a true serious hightop boot, I really like these. They are quite different from the Vasque however. And it takes me a while to get used to them. For extreme cold though, I wouldn't think twice about putting them on.
     
  13. gaj999

    gaj999 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 25, 2004
    If I'm on trails, I wear the same thing as Cody. Off-trail, it's homemade moccasins or homemade sandals.
     
  14. olybears57

    olybears57

    658
    Aug 25, 2013
    I don't think anybody has mentioned them yet... But during the winter months/through thick brush, I wear my asolo's. specifically powermatics. During the summer and on maintained trails, I have a light pair of low top lowas. Both great companies in my experience! Couple hundred miles in the asolo's. just got the lowas 4 months ago.
     
  15. extremesurvival

    extremesurvival

    198
    Aug 16, 2002
    I'm a cobbler so I fix shoes and boots for a living. I know what's good and what's bad and I'll just tell you that I wear Danner Acadia's. Been wearing the same pair for about 8 years now.

    Danner's Light Hiker is also a great boot and you can't go wrong with Limmer either.

    Avoid boots with direct molded soles (like sneaker soles). Many high end companies are using some kind of foam filler that dry rots and breaks down inside the sole and there is nothing that can be done to fix it. They just crumble away from the inside out.

    Look for boots with an actual stitch down welt and replaceable soles.

    Some companies even mold a fake welt onto the boot complete with fake stitching to make it look like it can be resoled. Buyer beware.
     
  16. leghog

    leghog

    Aug 10, 2013
    Merrill Moabs. Usually buy a pair the week before Christmas when they can be had at %60-%70 of usual retail cost. Wear them daily. Work, play, and church. Only time I don't wear them is when I'm in my house, when I'm in a suit (once every year or two), or when I'm wearing flip flops.
     

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