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The Warning
02-09-2011, 12:39 PM
I've been a fan of Merrells for years now, but always stuck to my nicely worn G.I. boots when heading out into the bush.

Well with hiking season coming up, I decided this is the year to go with something lighter, so I'm breaking in a pair of these:

http://img.wolverineworldwide.com/is/image/bulk/cat1/2009/1/22/MRL-W87665-08.tif?op_usm=0.5,1&wid=500&hei=520&qlt=70&fmt=jpg&extend=0,0,0,20

They're Merrell's Chamelon 3 Stretch Hikers, they have a stretch neoprene top, elastic quick lace system, and they feel awesome!

What do you wear when you're headed out?

Sgt. Mac
02-09-2011, 12:46 PM
Combat Boots

moxonone
02-09-2011, 12:48 PM
I have a set of merrell ice blades.Nice hiking boot.

Chert
02-09-2011, 12:50 PM
Some $30 Hi-Tech hiking boots I got from Big 5. They work pretty good, not too heavy or hot in the summer, and keep my feet dry in the winter.

KA-BAR
02-09-2011, 01:42 PM
i wear merrils daily.

for Milsim sports and outdoor work, like scouting/trekkin i wear danner desert acadias or my black water proof acadias.

the deserts i got from a SSGT at Ft. lewis. for free. Brand New uncle sam issue.
the blacks i got from the danner outlet, where they sell seconds for a fraction of the price. mine were seconds because they used a hole punch on the upper tounge area to QC check the leather layers. retail $240, i got mine for $75.


both pairs going on ten years. no resoles yet.


you can take your boots back to danner for any reason for the rest of your life and have them resoled, new hardware and stitching for $75 bucks....


cant beat that.



made in USA life time warranty.

EnglishManInOntario
02-09-2011, 01:45 PM
When out in the woods, Danner patrol boots with goretex lining. Some don't like the military look, but I love the ankle support.

werewolf won
02-09-2011, 01:48 PM
I知 not Cody Lundin but I am a strong believer in not wearing boots. In winter I値l wear Sorrels usually untied, just for cold protection. All other times I wear the lightest lowest cut shoes I can find. All I want is protection from a puncture; I don稚 depend on shoes for my ankle/foot stability.
Wolf

dwightp
02-09-2011, 02:09 PM
Right now, my Timberlands.

The Warning
02-09-2011, 02:14 PM
I知 not Cody Lundin but I am a strong believer in not wearing boots. In winter I値l wear Sorrels usually untied, just for cold protection. All other times I wear the lightest lowest cut shoes I can find. All I want is protection from a puncture; I don稚 depend on shoes for my ankle/foot stability.
Wolf

This is more or less the same place I've come to, after multiple ankle injuries in the Army while wearing boots that laced up all of the way.

Don't get me wrong, I have several pairs of well loved boots that I'd not soon part with. But choosing footwear isn't that much different than choosing what knife to carry. Different designs do particular jobs better or worse than others for me.

upthecreek
02-09-2011, 02:18 PM
wolverines slip-on in good weather, wolverine lace-ups in bad

Taliesin
02-09-2011, 02:25 PM
I got on Salomons right now. One of the most comfortable shoes I own! I love Merrils too! I also have a pair of Bates Composite Toe Combat Boats I wear when I'm in the filed for the company. Those are super comfortable too.

Pete B
02-09-2011, 02:26 PM
Wear hiking type boots most of the time.
At work it's Lowa Gore-tex combat boots as work supplies them , boy did that come as a pleasant surprise :).

Pete.

happywanderer
02-09-2011, 03:32 PM
For heavy packing or really tough terrain, Merrells. For lighter walks in the woods, either tennis shoes or Vibram FiveFingers. For bumming around in the backyard, flip flops.

turkeytracks
02-09-2011, 03:36 PM
Vasque Sundowners

Butler Ford
02-09-2011, 03:44 PM
:54: Wings :54:

REDwings

wsdstan
02-09-2011, 04:39 PM
A pair of Crocs. The now discontinued All Terrain model with leather lace up top over the Croslite foot. One of the few shoes that my feet get along with all the time. In the winter I wear them inside a pair of Neos overboots if the activity allows.

Earl
02-09-2011, 04:46 PM
Herman Survivors---8 inch leather---I found this pair at WM---they're getting hard to find.

goldman
02-09-2011, 04:48 PM
Herman Survivors---8 inch leather---I found this pair at WM---they're getting hard to find.

I would kill for a pair of the old leather herman survivors, especially the insulated ones

vertigo7
02-09-2011, 04:56 PM
I usually wear a pair of Rocky (http://www.rockyboots.com/Product-Details/4375/1600FQ0002173/Rocky_AlphaForce_Zipper_Waterproof_Duty__Boot/) side-zip boots. I admit I'm spoiled with the side-zip feature. If it's too hot or humid to wear the Rockys, I'll wear a pair of Merrell Moab (http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/12464M/29126/Mens/Moab-Mid-GORE-TEX-XCR) low-rise hiking boots.

swamprat
02-09-2011, 04:58 PM
:54: Wings :54:

REDwings

Me too, but I also wear LL Bean Hunting Shoes when the ground is wet.

Sweet
02-09-2011, 05:05 PM
Carolina Domestic 6" work boot.
http://www.shoebuy.com/carolina-domestic-6-plain-toe-309/143744/333892
I bought mine from a store front boot shop, not the link. The link is for the photo. I would like to find a insulated boot, but I wear a 10.5 EEEE and they are hard to find.

nothinghead
02-09-2011, 05:09 PM
USN Flight deck boots by Belleville. Good grip on Rocks, but not so great on snow.

When I need a little more bite, I wear Asolo Fugitives.
18894

Colorado Plainsman
02-09-2011, 05:11 PM
Danner Mtn Lite II all leather gortex and resoleable, love em. Also wear the Danner stryker for summer wear lighter and breathe a bit better.

Independent
02-09-2011, 05:18 PM
over 70*F = Keen Newport H2 rubber toed sandals http://www.amazon.com/KEEN-Newport-H2-Sandal-Black/dp/B0001N5WIQ/ref=sr_1_2?s=shoes&ie=UTF8&qid=1297292552&sr=1-2&searchContext=B002N5BCIE,B0001N5WIQ,B002HH8YPC,B00 2LXRJLM,B001BEGQD4,B001Q7HL26,B000OOUG4W,B000K283D O,B003FQVDKM,B003VBLBE4,B001QLG8AS,B002K0AV8E,B003 Z4JUSG,B0034O09HI,B003Z4JQ9Y,B003JJ77BY,B003O2SLDE ,B0035K8CRA,B001QIQEVO,B00362FZ68,B0035K9VY8,B0014 YKGWS,B000K248XS,B003O2S8HI

between 35-70*F = Columbia sports hikers (don't know exact model - ~$50 "sneaker hikers")

below 35*F = Wolverine work boots http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_067T0111000P?mv=rr&i_cntr=1297293408011


Statesman Field Runners version of the Muck boot if it's really sloppy/muddy http://www.southernstates.com/catalog/p-1572-statesman-12-fieldrunner-boot-men-6-women-7.aspx

Neutral
02-09-2011, 05:24 PM
New Balance Runners or Cross Trainers.
It doesn't get cold enough here to warrant something else.

MK-9
02-09-2011, 06:36 PM
Anyone know of a reasonably priced boot comparable to these:

Cabela's Meindl Alaska (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabelas-Alaska-Hiker-Boots-by-Meindl/721330.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fcompare_items. jsp%3FcategoryIds%3D%26productId%3D721274%26produc tId%3D721330)

Personally I don't think I can justify almost $275 for boots, but I've heard good things about those and I like the high rubber membrane around the soles and the vibram on the bottom. Just need to find something similar for about half the price.

slacker1105
02-09-2011, 06:43 PM
http://images.cabelas.com/is/image/cabelas/s7_811047_001_01?rgn=0,0,1355,1175&scl=3.5657894736842106&fmt=jpeg&id=0IMU79MIuPpz2SEXeomz4e

All Leather hunting boots, that are also waterproof. I got them about two months ago and have been very very happy with them. Not too cold, not too hot and very functional. I got them from Cabellas after several suggestions from our members about the type and style of boots that were available in an all leather configuration.

John, the baptist
02-09-2011, 07:06 PM
Currently, with all this crap winter wet weather, its been the Matterhorn search and rescue's. Nice and high, warm and dry.

Mojoe
02-09-2011, 07:09 PM
My old Doc Marten steel toe work boots.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_SoQ7WQjmEhg/R8HFVTmP7fI/AAAAAAAAAJA/9pEhv9wyK7M/s800/23feb08%20019.jpg

Or... my favorite Vans classic checkered slip ons.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_SoQ7WQjmEhg/SvcVrB1QwvI/AAAAAAAAB64/8po56l-iRIg/s800/11-7-09s24o%20048.jpg

Or... Nothing at all.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_SoQ7WQjmEhg/ScA-6Ew305I/AAAAAAAABNM/9tAI3LzWXns/s800/3-17-09-002.jpg

OddTheViking
02-09-2011, 07:13 PM
Warts and hair :D

Over that I wear some Bates duty boots. Comfortable and seem tough, but not waterproof.

I love Redwing shoes. I used to go through a regular pair of shoes in less than a year or even a few months, until I bought a pair of Redwings. First shoes that lasted years for me.

Seeker
02-09-2011, 07:15 PM
if i'm going to do any sort of walking, i wear a pair of merrill somethings. might be the Moab model. looks like it anyway. wear them hunting too.

if i'm canoeing, i usually wear a pair of wool socks and a pair of cheap walmart water shoes. feet can get wet (and will, despite my best efforts) without any ill effects. in the midst of winter (remember i'm in LA, so that's not real winter) i have worn rubber boots, but they're not really needed.

had great wear from a pair of hi-tecs a few years back. also had a really bad pair that i got rid of as soon as i could. not sure what the problem was. just didn't feel right.

63C30
02-09-2011, 07:26 PM
+1 on the Moabs. Gortex, light, good vibram sole, without 10 inches of lacing to do. Salomons with speedlaces for warm weather.

w9trb
02-09-2011, 07:37 PM
Redwing in winter. New Balance the rest of the year.

D.K.
02-09-2011, 07:42 PM
Russell Moccassin boot - Tracker

Son of liberty
02-09-2011, 07:47 PM
Whites or Wesco, right now its Whites last pair was wescos had them 7 years, its my only pair of shoes, they have been resoled 3 times by browns boot shop while I wait.

solocanoe
02-09-2011, 07:55 PM
pretty much I am down to just a few choices. (and a couple pair of dress shoes I have to wear during the week)

9-10 months of the year - Keen Newport H2's
http://www.keenfootwear.com/product/ss11/shoes/men/waterfront/newport%20h2/black
I got two years out of my first pair - weekdays they are my only shoes when I take the dress shoes off....weekends I live in 'em. Wade fishing, hiking, anything....I love 'em so much I bought 5 pairs and have 'em put up....just in case they quit making 'em!

Boots - for about 20 years I've worn the same pair of Dr. Martens - the old 5 eye grizzly model. this is the modern version:
http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Martens-Mens-Hiker-Grizzly/dp/B0007PPNZA
mine are close to the above, but they were actually made in England...today, I understand they are made in china...shame
I actually wore mine today

BUT...last couple years, I feel i've found the boot for the rest of my life. :D
LL Bean actually calls it a shoe - the "Maine Hunting shoe"....I got mine with a waxed canvas upper. made in the USA too. :)

http://www.llbean.com/llbeansignature/llb/shop/65130?page=waxed-canvas-maine-hunting-shoe&subrnd=1
these are the ones my son 'stole' today to play all day in the snow. A pair of good wool socks is all you need for warmth. i've worn them in 100 degrees, and below zero...wonderful stuff for me. (I know footwear is personal)

Bravo Tango
02-09-2011, 08:30 PM
I wear these for work and everyday
http://www.amazon.com/Mens-Rockport-Northam-Waterproof-12-N-Dark-Brown/dp/B0044CVPZE/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1297304887&sr=8-4

New balance running shoes for the gym and muck boots for bad weather

steve_t
02-09-2011, 08:33 PM
All leather hiking boots, change out of them into shoes when I get to the office and back again into them when I leave. Don;t know what I'll wear in the warmer months yet, my old Jack Wolfskins are clapped out, need to look for another pair.

Bax 40
02-09-2011, 10:50 PM
Redwing 600 gram and goretex 8 in all leather boots in this weather!!


Larry

Deadeye
02-09-2011, 11:24 PM
Either my Double H's, or my Justins, or combat boots. I rotate them depending on... Well I just wear whatever is closest to me when I get up.

PMSteve
02-09-2011, 11:25 PM
I have a difficult time finding footwear that fit my feet and are comfortable. I recently ordered a pair of custom-made moccasins from www.sodhoppers.com .

I'll do a review when they arrive in about 3 weeks or so.

Edit: Got 'em!

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc501/pmsteve/IM000645.jpg (http://s1215.photobucket.com/user/pmsteve/media/IM000645.jpg.html)

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc501/pmsteve/IM000644.jpg (http://s1215.photobucket.com/user/pmsteve/media/IM000644.jpg.html)

I've had these for about 18 months or so. Been wearing them 3-4 days a week. They are incredibly comfortable and are wearing like iron. Well worth the $$.

Below is a pic from their online catalog

Steve

DriveByTruckerz
02-09-2011, 11:27 PM
I have a diverse assortment of various footwear for all occasions from kicking someone to hiking to running ten miles.

This is my first ever post btw.

PMSteve
02-09-2011, 11:28 PM
I have a diverse assortment of various footwear for all occasions from kicking someone to hiking to running ten miles.

This is my first ever post btw.

Welcome from Nevada!

Timberline
02-09-2011, 11:33 PM
I wear vibram five fingers in the woods. When it gets below about 35 degrees, I switch to my knee high elk skin soleless moccasins. Below about 10 and I'm wearing my mukluks. I like to feel the earth beneath my feet, but not have to watch where every step goes.

tford
02-09-2011, 11:35 PM
just got these and im giving them a trial run.....http://www.danner.com/boots/desert-tfxr-gtxr-temperate-military-boots.html

Buffalo37
02-10-2011, 12:01 AM
With all the flippin ice we still have here I'm about to throw my Bauer hockey skates on....lol

Anigatogewi
02-10-2011, 12:03 AM
I have a pair of Merrell Chameleon3's that I wear most of the time, also a very comfortable pair of Montrail Goretex hiking boots that I have had for about 5 years that are extremely tough and comfortable, and if its cold and wet, I wear my military issue Danner Ft Lewis 600G boots... I also have a pair of Salomon XA trail runners... All great shoes...

AlpineZone
02-10-2011, 06:49 AM
German Meindls PerfeKt Light Hiker. Has been a great boot through 3 hard years of use and still going strong. I treat them with nikwax leather conditioner ever 6 months.

http://reviews.cabelas.com/8815/812415/cabelas-gore-tex-perfekt-light-hiker-by-meindl-reviews/reviews.htm

Crustysnow
02-10-2011, 07:18 AM
Howdy,

This is what's on my feet this time of year.
http://i1231.photobucket.com/albums/ee514/Crustysnow/mukluks1.jpg

Crusty

Sgt. Mac
02-10-2011, 07:55 AM
Real nice Crusty, and PM Steve you're a lucky guy too

bartman
02-10-2011, 08:08 AM
Howdy all,

For the last several years, my redwing work boots have been my goto outdoor boots. I am kinda leaning toward something else, less steel toe goodness, more ligh...:). This is a good thread, keep it up.

Standing by...Bart

kansas city
02-10-2011, 08:41 AM
Danner Rainforests, Lows renegade or a pair of mizuno runners. I'm covered.

the Danners were free from work (thank God), Lowas my wife bought for me a year and a half ago. Lowas replaced them free of charge when one of them "went flat". the runners are the only ones that fit my oddly shaped sz. 14s right.

Ya get kind of obsessed with boots that work when it seems like none do.

mercop
02-10-2011, 08:50 AM
I've been a fan of Merrells for years now, but always stuck to my nicely worn G.I. boots when heading out into the bush.

Well with hiking season coming up, I decided this is the year to go with something lighter, so I'm breaking in a pair of these:

http://img.wolverineworldwide.com/is/image/bulk/cat1/2009/1/22/MRL-W87665-08.tif?op_usm=0.5,1&wid=500&hei=520&qlt=70&fmt=jpg&extend=0,0,0,20

They're Merrell's Chamelon 3 Stretch Hikers, they have a stretch neoprene top, elastic quick lace system, and they feel awesome!

What do you wear when you're headed out?

Too funny, exactly what I am wearing. I live in these now. The most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. In the summer it is Keen H2O sandals because I am in and out of the water.- George

gold prospector
02-10-2011, 09:17 AM
I have been wearing Wesco firestormer boots for about 10 years now - great hiking boots for my needs rebuildable - made in the USA - durable -although heavy - when I want something light - yet protective and comfy - then I like Apache styled boots.

Dross
02-10-2011, 09:26 AM
cheap water proof boots from wally world.

Clovishunter
02-10-2011, 09:42 AM
Keen's for day hiking, and the sandals for kayaking
Steger Mukluks for extreme cold dry conditions
Sorrels or Lacrosses as a pack boot
Cabelas Trans Alaska Boot for extreme cold, wet, dogsled runs

yep that does it.......

SlayerOfBunnies
02-10-2011, 09:54 AM
Howdy,

This is what's on my feet this time of year.
http://i1231.photobucket.com/albums/ee514/Crustysnow/mukluks1.jpg

Crusty

Are those Ojibwa mocs?

FreedomFox
02-10-2011, 09:58 AM
:54: Wings :54:

REDwings

UM No Comment.

FreedomFox
02-10-2011, 10:05 AM
I have a sticker on my computer that says, "Bare feet not arms." (but I love guns). I am usually in a pair of flip flops which are off more than they are on. Nothing like the feel of the ground on bare skin. Once the snow flies I reluctantly put on boots. I love these ones. $13 on ebay. I paid more for some new Reebok boots that I do not like. These however are my heaven. They got wet on my over night so I changed into some cheapy snow boots. I also love to wear my Nike Live Strong running shoes. When I am doing something more atheletic.
http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g381/freedomfox1/boots.jpg

FreedomFox
02-10-2011, 10:07 AM
Crusty snow....those are awesome

FreedomFox
02-10-2011, 10:12 AM
Redwing 600 gram and goretex 8 in all leather boots in this weather!!


Larry

So that is actually a shoe... OK :8:

Whiskey
02-10-2011, 10:14 AM
Merrel mid top MOABs, or Rocky SV2 combat boots.

Prime Zombie
02-10-2011, 10:22 AM
I am a huge fan of boots. Depending on what time of year, weather, and what I am doing out in the bush (and also in the city too) I pick from:

Jump Boots
http://www.classicboots.com/other/images/army04-2.jpg

Jungle Boots (I am proud to note that I own a pair of original Nam issue, not remakes)
http://www.militaryclothing.com/ImgUpload/P_196393_1297658.JPG

New Hot Weather Boots (don't need to polish)
http://www.militarysmartbooks.org/images/690%20-%20Waterproof%20Sage%20Green%20Flight%20Boot%20-%20USAF.jpg

Tactical Boots
http://www.armedforcesmcss.net/images/pt_1099.jpeg

I have also worn Doc Marten's boots for about two decades. Need to get a new pair, my last pair (original 8 hole)finally died on me a few years ago after many years of service. Big fan.
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_R-5kp8rvgMA/SSWRTrsvegI/AAAAAAAABeg/dxEvFuvfdT8/s320/Dr+Martens+Original+8-Hole+Boots.jpg

When I go on longer trips, I always take a pair of sneakers along with my boots, and this is usually a pair of Chucks.
http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT5iHieGeWva1uJUwPxuO_omsNVjVq7j KtOa7kOP7uPWQ9n8OBC&t=1

Shoes are one of my favorite articles of clothing.

vetmed
02-10-2011, 10:49 AM
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd455/vetmed81/SDC11305.jpg

Clockwise from the top left:

Black Merrell Waterpro Maipo
Kangaroo Merrell Chameleon 3 Stretch
Eastern Mountain Sports Leather Boots
Gray with orange stitching Keen Commuter II
Black Merrell Chameleon Hex
Gray and Yellow Merrell Aquasport

I just realized that I have more sneakers than my wife!!! hahahaha :eek:

Roob
02-10-2011, 12:39 PM
necessary equipment for the urban survivalist:

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n182/theroob/162602_181300271893947_100000419277199_574450_1613 078_n.jpg

Doctor Marten's 1490 10 eye Classics.

Highbinder
02-10-2011, 12:45 PM
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e25/HBinder/booties.jpg

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e25/HBinder/P1000295.jpg

Don't even know the brand, plain jane leather boots. They're comfy and dry quick - which is good because they're not waterproof around the seams and the tongues aren't stitched in either. They're woods mooching boots, and although I've done a couple of short hikes in them (30-40mi) I'd never wear them for any great distance. Red paracord laces for shts and giggles :)

brionic
02-10-2011, 12:54 PM
Depends on the season. Mostly Sorrels during the winter - either the smaller ankle height or the big pack boots when I'm out in the field.

Favorite three season footwear in the field is sueded wallaby boots - comfortable and quiet. 550 laces, of course.

Black leather trainers in town or on the bike, during gentler weather.

The Warning
02-10-2011, 01:18 PM
Red paracord laces for shts and giggles :)

Speaking of, what is that lacing pattern you use?

I don't think I've seen boots laced like that before.

werewolf won
02-10-2011, 01:34 PM
Red paracord laces for shts and giggles :)



Just don't lace the Doc Martins with them :D
Wolf

Trekon86
02-10-2011, 01:51 PM
LMAO.
I have gone from wearing heavy, hardsoled Asolos and the like, to a well-broken in pair of cheap duty boots with the flexible soles and part nylon uppers.

I really need to get another pair. They're wearing out badly, falling apart. LMAO!

I bought a pair of Herman Survivors at Wallyworld last year, but they're horrendous. They don't fit well, they're stiffer than my old faithfuls, and they are too wide (just plain clunky). Not to mention, that I feel like I'm going to tear the eyelets out every time I lace them. Cheap arse leather for a not so cheap price. I could have bought a decent pair of duty boots for only 20 or 30 bones more if I'd waited.

Never again. LOL.
PMZ

Trekon86
02-10-2011, 01:57 PM
I bought these as my last pair of general wear shoes to replace my bobos:

http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/6967/00004wk.th.jpg (http://img7.imageshack.us/i/00004wk.jpg/)
http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/8580/00002h.th.jpg (http://img693.imageshack.us/i/00002h.jpg/)
http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/8541/00001cb.th.jpg (http://img36.imageshack.us/i/00001cb.jpg/)

Mainly cause they're fairly smooth and soft-soled, so I can wear em as stalking slippers, lmao.
I think I may try to beeswax em, haha. They're far too absorbent, even for urban wear:rolleyes:

PMZ

The Warning
02-10-2011, 02:24 PM
I had to Google "bobos" to figure out that it wasn't a brand name.

I must be getting old.

Highbinder
02-10-2011, 02:41 PM
Speaking of, what is that lacing pattern you use?

I don't think I've seen boots laced like that before.

Hey, it's ladder lacing (http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/lugladderlacing.htm). Trickier to tighten till you get the hang of it, but the lacings stay tight and even which is what I like - I hate when one shoe is looser than the other :mad: drives me nutty while I'm walking.

The Warning
02-10-2011, 03:07 PM
Hey, it's ladder lacing (http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/lugladderlacing.htm). Trickier to tighten till you get the hang of it, but the lacings stay tight and even which is what I like - I hate when one shoe is looser than the other :mad: drives me nutty while I'm walking.

I need to figure that one out, I have the same problem with my running shoes.

Squidders
02-10-2011, 03:24 PM
If it's slippery muddy wet ooze i'll wear my goretex danners
If it's beating down with sun i'll wear my desert boots
If it's dry or snow i'll wear my birch bark shoes I got made in Russia.

Crustysnow
02-11-2011, 08:03 AM
The muks in the earlier picture are handmade by me. Oil-tanned leather on the bottom - I would not do it again - it doesn't breathe, thus moisture accumulates inside, and I believe it conducts cold well. The uppers are chem tanned deer. Slippery buggers too, put Shoe Goo on the bottom in a grid patteren, but in the cold it just gets real hard and acts kinda like skates. I would use some kind of material meant for boats/marine use that stays soft in the bitter cold - know several people that have gone that route with good results.

Having said all that - I wold still use these over pac-type boots unless it's wet.

Crusty

DerekH
02-11-2011, 08:07 AM
I wear the Merrell Chameleon 3 Gore-Tex. Wearing them right now in fact.

idahoelkhunter
02-11-2011, 08:10 AM
I bought a pair of Men's Vasque Wasatch GTX boots two seasons ago. They seem to be holding up well. Nice and light in the summer and they kept my feet warm with thick wool socks and gators in about 20 degree weather in a foot of snow. Make sure they fit in the toes because the rubber toe guard does not stretch like leather. If I had it to do over I would probably buy the summit GTX.

natureboy68
02-13-2011, 08:38 AM
depends on season, length of trip, what i am doing, etc...

Cold/Dry: USAF Mukluks warm, lightweight, cheap

Cold/Wet: still working this out, for now my belleville ICWB, but want to switch to either a uninsulated NEOS overboot (adventurers) with felt liners (from mukluks) or a 5 buckle rubber overshoe with felt liners, depends on post winter $$$

Spring/Fall: depending on conditions, belleville ICWB's or trail runners

Summer: crocs or trail runners, want to experiment with the vibram five fingers this year.

Everyday workwear: crocs or dansko clogs

Keithcompton
02-13-2011, 05:48 PM
This is more or less the same place I've come to, after multiple ankle injuries in the Army while wearing boots that laced up all of the way.

Don't get me wrong, I have several pairs of well loved boots that I'd not soon part with. But choosing footwear isn't that much different than choosing what knife to carry. Different designs do particular jobs better or worse than others for me.

Just curious - did the high laces cause the ankle injuries, and if so, how? I've always assumed that a boot that laces high up over the ankle would prevent ankle injuries by keeping the ankle relatively rigid, but then again, since I am rarely in a hurry to get anywhere I have the luxury of being very careful about my footing, so I have never had any serious ankle injuries. Lost my footing a few times, but no injuries. Just wondering if the tall lace up boots are giving me a false sense of security. Thanks - KC

The Warning
02-13-2011, 07:28 PM
Just curious - did the high laces cause the ankle injuries, and if so, how? I've always assumed that a boot that laces high up over the ankle would prevent ankle injuries by keeping the ankle relatively rigid, but then again, since I am rarely in a hurry to get anywhere I have the luxury of being very careful about my footing, so I have never had any serious ankle injuries. Lost my footing a few times, but no injuries. Just wondering if the tall lace up boots are giving me a false sense of security. Thanks - KC

I wouldn't say they cause injury, just that I believe my injuries wouldn't have happened without them.

The high laces hold the ankle relatively rigid, which prevents the ankle from rolling on most cases, but also prevents the flexing that strengthens the muscles. This leads to weaker ankles. At the time, I lived in boots.

I think getting some barefoot or low rise footwear into the mix is essential for joint stability.

werewolf won
02-14-2011, 01:53 PM
http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/52289?feat=506794-GN2

I picked up a pair of these this weekend, for a substantially less amount of money at the Bean outlet store. I知 not a boot fan as a rule, but these are like a second skin. They really offer little if any support. The sole offers traction, but is still thin and flexible to promote good balance. I have a pair of moccasins made of buffalo and the leather wears like Kevlar, these should last a good long time.
Wolf

roamer1000
02-14-2011, 02:51 PM
in the winter usually a pair of wading boots. I live in South Georgia and it doesnt snow it just rains a lot. In the summer nothing.

Cyberslinger
02-14-2011, 03:01 PM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ij0EaZSMnWI/R8cdHnXNDBI/AAAAAAAAAYs/EXOGoti_q8Y/s400/mcontinentaldivide.gif

montrail continental divides.

in winter i add a pair of smartwool socks and a gortex sock over that.

werewolf won
02-14-2011, 07:23 PM
Just curious - did the high laces cause the ankle injuries, and if so, how? I've always assumed that a boot that laces high up over the ankle would prevent ankle injuries by keeping the ankle relatively rigid, but then again, since I am rarely in a hurry to get anywhere I have the luxury of being very careful about my footing, so I have never had any serious ankle injuries. Lost my footing a few times, but no injuries. Just wondering if the tall lace up boots are giving me a false sense of security. Thanks - KC

A stress fracture of the 5th metatarsal (commonly called a Jones Fracture)is very common among military boot wearers. This is a foot injury, not an ankle injury, and is as much a function of marching as it is of poor boot design. The service boots of the 80's had a sole that was too stiff for marching and to soft for climbing. A classic example of a poor specification and a low bidder getting the business.
Wolf

jaw1993
03-07-2011, 08:26 AM
My WW2 style german marching boots. Brilliant qualtiy, waterproof and very comfortable.

Holmes
03-07-2011, 09:36 AM
I only buy Asolo boots, they last forever and fit my style foot perfect, (narrow and extreme high arch) I've wore my current (fugitive gtx) pair at least 4 times a week since 2007 and they are still going strong. zero break in and waterproof to the top of the tongue.
kinda pricey but they lasted so long that it ended up being a good deal.

hog
03-07-2011, 01:16 PM
Hi Techs most of the time, boot type.

Ghost
03-07-2011, 01:41 PM
Kamik Forces, got em about 3 years ago on sierratradingpost for around $75. Very good all around boot, and beautiful I think. Cant find em anymore.



;Ghost

Peaceboy
04-07-2011, 05:34 PM
I agree with SGT. Mac

Hogtown
04-07-2011, 07:45 PM
Right now I'm barefoot. I have a bunch of boots and wear them all. Off the top of my head I have: 1 pr of Redwing, 2 pr of Gokey (my least favorite by far), 2 pr of LaCrosse pac boots, 2 pr of Schnees pac boots, 1 pr of Vasque, 1 pr of Merrills, and 4 pr of Russells. My favorite for the past 2 years and probably for many years to come are the Russell Joe's PH. I offer no excuses - I'm a boot slut.

wrbthe3rd
04-07-2011, 07:54 PM
a lot of miles and a good pair of cabelas elk hunters.

medic16
04-07-2011, 08:41 PM
Lowa Zephyr GTX boots. Really like them. First time I have really worn boots outside of the Army.

Crow
04-10-2011, 07:53 AM
When I am at work I wear safety boots. If I am by myself I will go barefoot and all other times I wear flip flops. If there is lots of mud I wear riggerboots, mainly to keep my feet cleaner.

solar geek
04-10-2011, 08:02 AM
KEEN black walking shoes. Can go miles and miles with total comfort in non-snow weather.

pedro
04-10-2011, 08:06 AM
In snow, intermediate cold weather boots.
Everyday and hiking, Keen light hikers
Once it gets a bit warmer, huaraches made from conveyor belt or barefoot.

backwoodsbeagle
04-10-2011, 08:09 AM
vibram fivefingers.

Earl
04-10-2011, 01:01 PM
Herman Survivors. The left one saved my foot from something stupid I did with a chainsaw at work.

Siskiyou Blues
04-13-2011, 10:37 PM
White Smokejumpers. When I kill them I think I'm going with a pair of Nicks.

joe305
04-13-2011, 11:08 PM
jungle boots...here

easy
04-13-2011, 11:46 PM
http://www.rei.com/product/706762

mwesnav
04-14-2011, 05:38 AM
5.11 Desert HRT combat boots.

Strider
04-14-2011, 09:08 PM
My all time favourite boots are the Aussie Blundstones. Awesome quality and comfort. Unfortunately things in my legs are falling apart and I'm pretty soon going to have to look for a lot more cushion. But that aside, I'd never even look at anything else. I've had these about years and have worn them a whole lot in snow, rain, mud, rocks, and they still look nearly new. Unfortunately, I've heard they put their whole Tasmanian workforce on the street and gone to China.

Weltz4u
04-14-2011, 09:12 PM
I wear BATES Boots

http://www.batesfootwear.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/8472M/0/Footwear/Mens/8-inch-Tactical-Sport-Side-Zip-Boot?galleryId=G-F

Trekon86
04-14-2011, 09:26 PM
My old boots are shot, (they lasted a long time for cheap duty boots!) so I bought a pair of surplus PT jump boots from SG.

They're breaking in nicely. They are soft enough leather to start with (well most of the boot is softer leather, the toe cap and heel cup aren't!) that it isn't too much of a chore to break em in in short order.

They are lined with pigskin, which makes for a more padded fit, esp. along the tongue.

The tongue is gusseted to the 3/4 mark, and they have D-rings all the way up, except for the first hole near the forefoot.

The laces that come with them are pretty anaemic, so I added some cheapo paracord laces cut to size.

All in all I'm happy with them. They were a bit tight at first, being 10D's and my feet being something more like 10E. But they stretched out and the heel cups and toe caps are starting to give a little, too. Now they fit like a glove and are ready for my next hike!

I intend to get them resoled eventually or do it myself, as the stitching on these goes straight through the sole and is exposed on the bottom. That's the sole weak point (pun intended) of these boots.

I'm psyched. I paid probably about half of what the DOD paid for em, mebbe not even that. I put my tax dollars to work:p

PMZ

blade08gt
04-15-2011, 08:55 AM
Justin Trappers lol

woodsrunner
04-15-2011, 09:22 AM
13" pair of schnee's guide boots, built here in montana, very much resemble the LLbean main hunting boot but with a longer lasting sole...woods

scoutsurvivor
04-15-2011, 02:41 PM
Vivobarefoot Franklins... love these things...

The Warning
04-15-2011, 04:29 PM
Vivobarefoot Franklins... love these things...

I've been wanting to pick up a pair of their Aqua model, for working out.

Just haven't been able to get past the price tag.

aste
04-15-2011, 05:03 PM
I'm wearing a pair of these:

http://www.planetshoes.com/mmplanet/Images/3797/3797_983_detail.jpg

I've had them about a year and have worn them most days for the past few months. Before that I only wore them when out in the bush. Anyway, I like that they are comfortable, with plenty of toe room. I don't like that they are falling apart already. The tread is separating from the sole and the sole is separating from the upper shoe.

If it weren't for the traction issue, I'd probably just wear my chucks out in the woods. At least my chucks will hold up. I got them a couple years ago and wore them just about every day for a year straight. They only get occasional use now, but they're still holding together just fine.

As it is, though, I think I'll try out a pair of Merrell shoes like the ones in the original post.

scoutsurvivor
04-15-2011, 05:37 PM
I've been wanting to pick up a pair of their Aqua model, for working out.

Just haven't been able to get past the price tag.

The price of the Franklins was painful, but they've proven to be worth every penny plus some. So much so I sprung for a pair in brown and I picked up a pair of Neos a couple of weeks ago for training. I will NEVER go back to a trad running shoe again! I've been using my Neos for everything from running to TRX suspension training. You may want to consider the Neos vice the Aquas. I checked out the Merrell barefoot trainer and the New Balance model, but they both still felt too trad and cushion-y for what I want to do. My GF picked up the New Balance minimalists and likes them but she's a marathoner and can't quite part with her trad shoes yet.

rogumpogum
04-16-2011, 11:39 AM
I've been wearing Wolverine Durashocks... But they are too big and I slip around in them. It was ok in the winter, because I wore thick socks.

Otherwise.. I'm a Converse Chucks kinda guy.

Mattnu
04-16-2011, 11:48 AM
Right now, a 15lb Schipperke.

blake g49
04-16-2011, 11:06 PM
Merrells - pretty much alway. I have 4 pair that I rotate through...

HoosierArcher
04-16-2011, 11:26 PM
Of late I have been wearing New Balance 967 Waterproof Country Walkers. very comfortable and great for street hikes.

Trench
04-16-2011, 11:29 PM
Combat Boots+1, my feet feel naked in anything else

pjfox777
04-17-2011, 06:01 AM
In the winter/rainy seasons it's a pair of Matterhorns for me:

http://www.uscav.com/prodInfo/images/8932.jpg

The rest of the time I have to wear special boots to support a bad ankle. I have found that I need to wear something with a fairly thin sole or else I tend to roll my ankle with even the slightest uneven terrain. Here is my everyday wear, in and out of the bush (Alden 405's):

http://www.johnhelmer.com/products/full/237.jpg

[Edit for bad grammar, LOL!]

tronsistor
04-19-2011, 02:38 PM
I would like to find a insulated boot, but I wear a 10.5 EEEE and they are hard to find.

I know what you mean I wear a 12 EE, other wise my feet are killing me!!:26:. Most of the time I wear Skechers Vitality wide width but I'm looking for a store that sells Bates desert combat boots from what I've heard online there supposed to be very comfortable.

esker65
04-19-2011, 02:48 PM
ll bean 12" main hunting shoe
Montrail gortex high top hiking boots
New balance 749 country walkers

Victor
04-19-2011, 03:12 PM
Like Sgt Mac said Combat boots most of the time. But last elk season I did use my fivefingers for 10 days.

victor

Siskiyou Blues
04-26-2011, 08:34 PM
Just got my Nick's Hot Shots. :)
100 hour break in started today....

www.nicksboots.com

ScottMescudi
04-26-2011, 08:54 PM
Either a pair of Adidas Sambas, or a black pair of Shaun White skate shoes. Not very bushcrafty but they're super comfortable and look really cool to me.

sprucepine
04-26-2011, 09:00 PM
I wear my red wing work boots hiking. At camp I wear cheap moccasins. When I get the money I want to get one of these moccasins (http://www.arrowmoc.com/mocasins.html). I'd like to try out the 5 fingers.
I had lots of feet and knee problems my last year in the Army. My feet went flat 3 months after getting out of the Army. I got a pair of insoles from Happy Feet and they fixed my feet after 3 years of use. Now I wear no insoles at all and when I get a new pair of work boots I grind down the heel to about 1/2 inch, and I have no feet, knee, or backs problems anymore.

RoundBear
04-26-2011, 09:02 PM
Danner mountain light II's http://www.danner.com/boots/mountain-lighttm-ii-mens-womens-hiking-boots.html
Tough and comfortable.

Siskiyou Blues
04-26-2011, 09:08 PM
Danner mountain light II's http://www.danner.com/boots/mountain-lighttm-ii-mens-womens-hiking-boots.html
Tough and comfortable.

I have the Danner Hood Winter Light and really wanted to like them but they just did not hold up. How long have you had yours? It only took me a couple months to wear em out of everyday wear. Thinking about having them rebuilt but not so sure it's worth it. My experiences don't seem to be the norm but being on my feet in the woods eight hours a day takes its toll on a pair of boots.

BigYank
04-27-2011, 02:41 AM
I've been wearing my teva dozer's they are awesome if your into wearing sandals. But when I'm in the mood for boots I wear USGI surplus desert boots.

harvey_birdman
04-27-2011, 03:48 AM
Combat boots. I wore Timberland Pro work boots until last spring when I got my first pair of Rocky combat boots, and I never looked back. I wear them every day now.

Siskiyou Blues
04-28-2011, 12:25 PM
Just got my Nick's Hot Shots. :)
100 hour break in started today....

www.nicksboots.com

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5145/5663018322_f977dab85c_b.jpg

daltonboy7154
02-15-2013, 05:53 PM
So what do you guys wear?

Bk2 in the Backwoods
02-15-2013, 05:55 PM
I wear a pair of wolverine steel toe hikers.

Paul Foreman
02-15-2013, 05:56 PM
barefooted right now ... :)

keens earlier today ...

Boot1990
02-15-2013, 05:56 PM
first, socks and then i usually put a boot over that. lol... but seriously, Ive been wearing a pair of bates tactical boots for about 8 or 9 years now and they are just now ready to be replaced. cant seem to settle on any boot at the moment. nothing has caught my eye too much.

19112TAP
02-15-2013, 05:58 PM
West Coast Boot Co. 12" Highliners.

Grizzly
02-15-2013, 06:02 PM
Liner socks, a great pair of socks (smart wool or something like them) and good pair of hikers. Scarpa, Raichle, Montrail, Zamberlain, Asolo, Danner and in the really cold weather (below 0), insulated boots, level of insulation depends on the temp.

WesinND
02-15-2013, 06:07 PM
I have two pairs of boots that get a lot of wear in the winter, a pair of Schnee's 'Hunter II' pac boots and a pair of Muck 'Wetlanders'. This year the Muck boots have been getting more wear. I really like both of them. I wore the Schnee's constantly during deer season. I always wear a pair of wool socks, usually Smartwool, but I found a couple pairs of Browning merino wool socks I like also.

Wes

Gravytrain
02-15-2013, 06:09 PM
Injinji toe socks to keep my toes from fighting, then smartwool with thickness tailored to the season and then New balance if it is dry or Asolo if it is wet.

Chief Walk Alone
02-15-2013, 06:11 PM
Usually start out with a wool blend military sock for year round then I wear a pair of Cabelas Outfitter series boots

TSisk2
02-15-2013, 06:16 PM
Army wool blend and Red Wing Lites.

NCOutdoorsman
02-15-2013, 06:16 PM
Smartwool or Wolverine wool blend with Asolo boots when wet and Oboz low tops when dry.

Med Gecko
02-15-2013, 06:30 PM
I wear Bridgdale wool socks and Montrail boots when I am traveling on foot. In camp I wear some Teva sandals.

AGNoS
02-15-2013, 06:30 PM
Reef flip flops whenever possible.

It's been cold lately so I've had to resort to wearing socks (Nike) and shoes or boots (Vasque).

Paul Foreman
02-15-2013, 06:34 PM
usually, it's smartwool light hikers and columbia sneaks; warmish days, keens ...

LongRifle
02-15-2013, 07:20 PM
Lightweight hiking boots (with Gortex liner) with cotton or blend socks - three season or Keen sandals. During winter, it depends on the conditions and temperature - either the same hiking boots with wool socks or Cabela's pac boot with removable wool liner (with a replacement liner). My winter pacs have a breathable leather upper (Sorel's). I just wear a lighter wool sock with my pac boots - I want the boots to be a little loose for warmth. I adjust what I wear in the winter to avoid too much sweating and then keep the boots or liner dry. Hope this helps.

YTSESoldier
02-15-2013, 07:22 PM
Shoes....sometimes socks....maybe sandals....or boots.

cobra
02-15-2013, 07:26 PM
Right now Tony Lama cowboy boots; sometimes when I'm camping too.

NorthWest
02-15-2013, 07:41 PM
Most days i just wear rubber boots all day because i wear them for work and the farm. but if im out and about a pair of running/walking nike's

Ralph
02-15-2013, 07:41 PM
If not at work and out and about; running or walking shoes and Cotton Soxes. Need to look into little wool and see if that stops the blistering issues when I walk more than three or four mile. It seem that when I have good (read new) cotton soxes (good padding) I have less issues. Also if I change soxes after work and before walking less of an issue.

SwampYankee64
02-15-2013, 07:42 PM
Irishsetter Wingshooters by Redwing, 11" neck. If the snow is deep I wear my Mouse Boots with gortex gaiters.

robsdak
02-15-2013, 08:09 PM
Redwing 964 with Hanes boot socks. Merrill Moabs with a ankle sock, most of the time. looking at a pair of Teva Outdoor shoes. been known to wear camo house shoes to the store. and love to go barefooting around...

Bush Otter
02-15-2013, 08:27 PM
Usually USA made Danners stiched sole hikers but am trying a Alico stiched sole backpack hiker for the winter.

Magog
02-15-2013, 08:40 PM
Redwing logger boots, calf length socks. Wear them at work and on my motorcycle. Around the house, I'm usually barefoot or Teva sandals.

Wildmike
02-15-2013, 09:12 PM
Wool socks and Whites Smokejumper loggers. Longest lasting most comfortable boots I've ever found.

swamprat
02-15-2013, 09:22 PM
Irishsetter Wingshooters by Redwing, 11" neck. If the snow is deep I wear my Mouse Boots with gortex gaiters.

I wear the same boots in dry weather and LL Bean Maine Hunting Shoes in wet conditions. When it is really wet I wear Lacrosse ankle fit rubber boots.

rolandsilvajr
02-15-2013, 09:25 PM
Cabelas pinnacle boots goretex sent loc (lightest strongest most comfortable and waterproof boots ive worn) also cabelas Pro outfitter 11 in boots uninsulated keen revel winter boots cabelas guide PAC boots and muk artic pro looking at Baffin wolf artic boots. Cabelas has lifetime warranty too

stormpriest
02-15-2013, 09:30 PM
buffalo or moose hide mocs. when ever I get around to making a new pair, anyway

rokclmb
02-15-2013, 09:39 PM
I wear some of the injinji toe socks with wool socks over them. My boots are Matterhorn 1949 (http://www.corcoranandmatterhorn.com/ItemDisplay.asp?Style=1949).
http://apps.hhbrown.com/HHBImages/WEB/140%20pxl/Cove/1949.jpg

Vantramp
02-15-2013, 10:00 PM
Smart wool & sandals all year long :30:

-Mike

CodyKenobi
02-15-2013, 10:04 PM
If I had the money I would pick Danner Rainforest boots AND some Nick's or White's custom boots, but I don't have $ like that. Instead I have some Merrels that I like alot. Very comfy, no complaints what so ever. I also have for more hardcore use a pair of Carolina Loggers. They are inexpensive, waterproof, and feel comfy so far, they are fairly new.

HoboTree
02-15-2013, 10:08 PM
Vasque Sundowner GTX or Chacos. Depending on weather.

AZExplorer
02-15-2013, 10:31 PM
I wear Danners daily for work, but when Im outdoors. I wear Merrell Moab Ventilators during the summer and Merrell Sawtooths during the winter

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Lucky44
02-15-2013, 10:32 PM
I am a big fan of Keen footwear. Better fit for wide feet. I have some Gypsum Mid hikers and some Arroyo II hiking sandals. I love them.

arfanatic
02-15-2013, 10:36 PM
issued altama desert boots and green socks every time I'm in the woods...they're free

cellis
02-15-2013, 10:39 PM
Right now? A pair of slippers and a $20 pair of Patagonia Woolie socks. In an an hour or so? A $30 pair of Mont Bell Woolies and a $300 pair of Mont Bell mountaineering boots with backup socks in my pack. Usually just Vans or something from Costco though lol. What the heck kind of question...

Rider
02-15-2013, 10:47 PM
Right now? Calluses I can sharpen a knife on....I go barefoot a lot.

Generally, Wal-Mart wool socks and Bates combats.

sent from my dumb phone.

Hawkcreek
02-15-2013, 10:49 PM
Wool socks and Whites Smokejumper loggers. Longest lasting most comfortable boots I've ever found.

^ This. Lace-to-Toe version for me.

The Stumpy One
02-15-2013, 10:49 PM
I really like Selouses from the Courteney Boot Company in Bulawayo Zimbabwe. Westley Richards sells them in the US.

http://www.westleyrichards.co.uk/Shop/Courteney-Boots_2/Courteney-Selous-Boot

Not cheap, but they are amazingly comfortable, and seem to last forever.

hookandhackle
02-15-2013, 11:02 PM
In winter snow LL Bean Maine insulated hunting boots. I wax the seems to keep them dry.

For summer hikes Merrell Ventilators. For summer and winter packing Danner 453 GTX.

AdamDavidson
02-15-2013, 11:07 PM
I wear the Asolo TPS 520 GV

67850

The last (shape/form) of Asolo's boots fits my feet better than any other heavyish boots I've used. I loved their powermatic last for years, and just recently decided to try these because they're full grain leather. Love em! They've lasted well so far too, about 2 years in with regular use. I'm rough on footwear because I climb and end up on really rough trails somewhat often (though more so last season).

Itegorm
02-15-2013, 11:08 PM
Depends on the time of year. Lately I have been wearing tall rubber boots over wool socks either omniwool or hand knits. For day to day wear and outdoor stuff most of the year I perfer lightwiegt boots along the lines of Clark desert boots or something similar by Born, Keen, or Dr. Marten. The Doc Marten's are the usual as of late. I also really like a pair or moosehide mocs (selfmade) or dare I say it, barefoot. I spend a good part of the warmer moths with nothing on my feet, I've done it since I.was a kid and never had any issues, then again Northern MI woods are pretty barefoot friendly.

Skygnome
02-15-2013, 11:46 PM
Darn Tough or Smartwool socks, Irish Setter boots. Trailblazers in the spring and summer and black bears in the fall/winter. Keep a pair of black and brown for each model and rotate them, I find that I pay more attention to there care and they stay in better shape that way. Finding a good boot is often a journey in itself.

Loogaroo
02-16-2013, 12:24 AM
Cheapo $25 Side zip boots from Big 5. They are the only ones I find comfortable.

jss4fish
02-16-2013, 12:54 AM
My favorites have to be Russell moccasin boots. They make them the old fashioned way to your measurements. I have 2 pair and love em!

Bushcraftgeek
02-16-2013, 02:42 AM
usually police or military style steel toe boots right now though cherokee thermolite they work great

NorthBushman
02-16-2013, 03:31 AM
In the summer months it's rope sandals or bare feet. In the winter, a nice pair of hide mukluks

will bowden
02-16-2013, 03:56 AM
day to day for general dashing about duties I love inov8 trainers. I wear them walking, running and cycling.

For long walks or general being outdoors and not moving about much bushcrafty type stuff I wear thin liner socks and lovely woolen socks made by a mate of mine jarbon.com , he uses wool from another mates sheep, I can actually see my future socks wandering across the hill from where I sit :1: How cool is that!

Boots I buy whatever I find on offer with a decent Vibram or similar sole. I don't worry too much about waterproofness as the bogs and streams are deep here so your feet get wet in anthing over than fishing waders :-/

For work on site I have some Timberland Pro Series boots that have lasted for years, they are heavy but comfy.

Will :)

Ahnkochee
02-16-2013, 05:20 AM
Zoris (aka rubbah sleepahs) or Crocs usually, sometimes my Birkenstock sandals, leather dress shoes to Sunday, and Thursday meetings, and a pair of generic hiking shoes cordura & leather which I've been wearing for about 7 years which I inherited from my son when he outgrew them.

I even wore these in the snow when I lived in Idaho 30 years ago, the locals called me "crazy Hawaiian" for some reason.
http://www.spiced.com/SPICED/SKU/slippers/SCZ69496.JPG

tim martin
02-16-2013, 06:23 AM
ariat terrain H2O

hglass
02-16-2013, 09:55 AM
I rotate 3 pair of Hitec Alt. IV's with SOLE insoles & a tube of Shoe Goo[2 amazing products.]

Roninelh
02-16-2013, 10:32 AM
Around camp and mostly during warm weather I have a sweet pair of Minnetonka moccasins but if im on winter outings its some wolverine boots.

Many Branches
02-16-2013, 11:49 AM
Wolverine Wellingtons. I usually go with steel toes. Last time I accidentally bought the unarmored version. I'll wear a pair for two years before they start to leak, then I buy another pair. I wear the old ones in dry weather and they last another two years. I have had boots by a lot of different makers, but none have lasted as long as the Wolverines.

I usually wear wool socks under my boots. In the hottest part of the summer, I'll switch to cotton.

It might be worth mentioning that I do a lot of walking, and wear out boots in a hurry.

donal
02-16-2013, 01:26 PM
So what do you guys wear?

Usually some kind of light insulation, followed by a protective covering...

fx77
02-16-2013, 05:32 PM
Polypropylene sock liners, wool socks, then either Lowa Gortex-- or Leather Han Weg boots

P. Hills
02-16-2013, 08:30 PM
Smartwool, EMS Wool, or Wigwam wool socks and Chippewa Loggers

The warmer months Ill rock a pair of carharrt socks...But I'm liking the wool blends more and more for year round boot use

DakotaGray
02-19-2013, 10:27 PM
columbia newton ridge plus. Very comfortable.

proud dad
02-19-2013, 10:48 PM
Real tree camo Crocs. By far my favorite shoes - my everyday wear

thesethf
02-19-2013, 11:09 PM
I wear a pair of rainbow flipflops 365, even while backpacking!:4:

justin_baker
02-19-2013, 11:47 PM
vivobarefoot aquas in suede leather with thin poly socks.

Long John Tinfoil
02-20-2013, 08:15 AM
For the past couple of years, I've been wearing the Farnum boots by Rockport on most trips. Lightweight, comfortable, reasonable support, and good traction.

LJT

MissouriMapper
02-20-2013, 08:32 AM
I have a pair of Danner Pathfinders and a pair of Bates Delta-9 Desert. They are both GORE-TEX as my woods time usually involves crossing creeks, puddles, mud, very wet morning dew on the ground, etc.

b owdenja
02-20-2013, 11:06 AM
Timberland Flume - winter, spring, summer and fall.

BackwoodsBen
02-20-2013, 11:11 AM
9 times outta 10, Barefoot
but on the rare occasion I ware boots I wear shoes I have a pair of merrells that i have and are pretty comfy.

Ned
02-20-2013, 11:38 AM
Just a basic pair of boots from Aldo. Nothing special purpose. :)

http://cyclopsphoto.ca/galleries/survival/aldo_boots_web.jpg

I am a big fan of Goretex socks in all my footwear in the winter or rainy season. I also have thermal toe warmers (for cyclists) for extra warmth on winter treks (which I'll be bringing snowshoeing today).

darodalaf
02-21-2013, 11:34 AM
In the bush: Merrel low-top hikers with light to medium weight wool ankle high socks.

In the city: Puma or Adidas street soccer trainers. These work for unburdened hikes as well.

silhouette
02-21-2013, 11:50 AM
Well it's hot most I the year here. So I'm usually in shorts and chacos. Woods I have a pair of timberlands. Not the greatest but they are broken in perfect

charringlight
02-21-2013, 12:22 PM
Soft Star runamoc dash just about everyday. Sometimes converse sneakers or Doc Marten boots or crocs, but usually the runamocs.

www.softstarshoes.com
http://birthdayshoes.com/media/blogs/bdayshoes/SoftStar/runamoc_dash/.evocache/RunAmoc_Dash.jpg/fit-640x480.jpg?mtime=1305816703

I wear socks depending on the weather. Always wear socks, though. it makes the shoes last longer.

pmo6
02-21-2013, 02:03 PM
Those runamoc's look interesting. Are they minimalist?

If I am forced to into shoes, I wear danner rat boots. If I can get away with it, I am either barefoot or in five fingers.

Beal
02-21-2013, 02:04 PM
Depends on the situation, time of year, and place.

Usually a pair of brahmas boots. Not the best things ever, but they still work. When Im without them, usually have plenty of dirt/mud/slime on my feet. Seems the natural thing to do? :4:

Gona have to star wearing shoes during the summer at home, chickens dont giva a darn where they leave their deposits haha.

charringlight
02-24-2013, 05:17 PM
Those runamoc's look interesting. Are they minimalist?

If I am forced to into shoes, I wear danner rat boots. If I can get away with it, I am either barefoot or in five fingers.

Yep. And US made. And you can send them a tracing of your foot for custom sizing if you want. I've been wearing them for about two years, and they're doing just fine.

Sent from my SGH-T989 using my feet

uutuku
02-24-2013, 05:57 PM
Have used these for 40 years, They are the only footwear suitable for the rainforest enviroment here in SE Alaska.

69226

maddave
02-24-2013, 06:08 PM
I tend to wear British Army wool socks and the Altberg Norway MkII boot

http://www.altberg.co.uk/product/norway-mkii/

http://www.2thesummit.co.nz/images/altberg/duplicate/blackNorwayVeldthogLarge.jpg

OL' OutLaw
02-24-2013, 07:25 PM
well, I was out today with my hiking buddy, and I wore Smartwool Hiker Mid weights, and Vasque Breeze Hiker GTX's.....
worked really well, love Smartwool sox...

Skip

Black Raven
02-24-2013, 09:40 PM
For town, I wear Ecco Track II. Good enough for off-sidewalk.

For the woods, I wear custom White's Smokejumpers in 10' with thick Filson all-wool socks, year round. A not uncommon choice for those who make their livings working in the woods. If I really thought there were a better boot, I would wear that.

The boot is by far the most important piece of outdoor gear there is.

wulfesinger67
02-24-2013, 09:54 PM
69317

http://www.arrowmoc.com/
i wear these year round with wool socks. i bought the hi boots too but these are my favorite.
if its really hot or im wading i wear rope sandles.

Lg&m
02-24-2013, 10:42 PM
I like Vasque . Low top, waterproof. Very good shoe IMO. I find them on closout when they come out with new styles but they last for years.

Sterling Woodsman
02-24-2013, 10:48 PM
Kenetrek Mountain Extreme 400s

Hugin
02-24-2013, 11:02 PM
Darn Tough Merino wool socks, and Danner TFX boots.

gila_dog
02-25-2013, 09:50 AM
Danners fit my malformed feet well, and last a long time in the rough, goat country I live in.

69344

Paul Foreman
02-25-2013, 09:56 AM
wearing keen sandals today. they are NOT for woods walking, especially in the damp. those soles are for manmade surfaces ...

Murphnuge
02-25-2013, 10:11 AM
Year round, Redhead wool socks with Doc Marten's Steel toed boots. At work or not these are my go to boots.

vakman
02-25-2013, 10:19 AM
Socks: Darn Tough 100% wool, made in Vermont, lifetime guarantee ("if you can wear through them, we'll replace them"). The best.

Boots: Merrell Phaser Peak. I bought these for an impromptu snowshoe hike, so I use them because they're what I have. That being said, they're excellent. In 6" snow + 12 hrs of rain, they get wet but remain warm and comfortable.

For next winter, I'm looking at LL.Bean Maine hunting boots.

Arkansaswoodsman
04-30-2013, 10:59 AM
wellco desert combat boots with wool socks

ripcurlksm
04-30-2013, 11:29 AM
3 season
http://www.logoeps.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/new-balance-black-vector-logo.png

EagleRiverDee
04-30-2013, 11:52 AM
My preference these days is a pair of New Balance trail runners. I used to wear boots for the ankle support but no matter how much care I took I blistered in them. I almost never blister in my trail runners, and they seem to offer plenty of support. I'm also less fatigued at the end of the day - you don't think about it much but lifting a pair of boots that weigh over a pound per foot a few thousand times in a day can really fatigue you.

wilderness
04-30-2013, 12:04 PM
Whites Insulated Outdoorsman's boots from fall to spring...

http://www.whitesboots.com/index.php?dispatch=categories.view&category_id=451

Then a pair of Addison military boots with Gor-Tex and vibram soles.

I love them both.

And a quick word on socks... Have you fellows ever heard of Darn Tough socks? They're made in Vermont and come with a LIFETIME replacement warranty...

http://www.darntough.com/

run n gun
04-30-2013, 05:39 PM
I put a lot of miles on a pair of Rocky SV2's, and always wore US Army issue wool socks or Thorlo mid hikers (uniform green of course). When not in those, running shoes and ankle socks.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f159/DerrFu/082512103204.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/DerrFu/media/082512103204.jpg.html)

I love these boots, but they bust through shoe laces, and after all the miles I've put on them the lining of the heel on one of 'em is torn. Would love to get them fixed but may replace with a lower, lighter model. maybe these
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f159/DerrFu/6f3d6110-916c-4353-b413-c5a793620463.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/DerrFu/media/6f3d6110-916c-4353-b413-c5a793620463.jpg.html)

Agile Woodsman
04-30-2013, 05:48 PM
Footwear by Footskins moccasins

http://www.footwearbyfootskins.com/store/item.asp?Category=3&SubCategoryID=&GroupID=&SKU=540C

or Merrell minimalist barefoot runners for around town shoes.

I'm actually a proponent of good, solid hikers with solid soles and ankle support. But since I switched to mocs and minimal shoes, no arches or anything, my knee pain went away plus now I move around a lot lighter and more quietly. When I do wear my hikers now I feel like I have 2x4's strapped to my feet.


http://www.footwearbyfootskins.com/imx/1540C-BR-Upload.jpg

Swamprat1
04-30-2013, 05:57 PM
Footwear by Footskins moccasins

http://www.footwearbyfootskins.com/store/item.asp?Category=3&SubCategoryID=&GroupID=&SKU=540C

or Merrell minimalist barefoot runners for around town shoes.

I'm actually a proponent of good, solid hikers with solid soles and ankle support. But since I switched to mocs and minimal shoes, no arches or anything, my knee pain went away plus now I move around a lot lighter and more quietly. When I do wear my hikers now I feel like I have 2x4's strapped to my feet.


http://www.footwearbyfootskins.com/imx/1540C-BR-Upload.jpg

I've had the same experience with my vibram 5- fingers. I wear those whenever I can get away with it. At the hardware store I wear a pair of The leather muck boots or my gutted combat boots. At the hospital I'll be wearin tennis shoes for now. I'm wanting to make a pair of moccasins whenever I get around to tanning my deer hides.

Kerri
04-30-2013, 05:59 PM
I have more shoes and boots then I care to admit but most often on a daily basis im in merrell minimalist shoes for the gym and jeans
http://m.sierratradingpost.com/mobile/merrell-barefoot-bare-access-running-shoes-minimalist-for-men~p~5577r/?utm_source=GooglePLAs&utm_medium=PaidShopping&utm_campaign=PCGOOGLEP3&utm_term=Merrell_Barefoot_Bare_Access_Running_Shoe s_-_Minimalist_For_Men

http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Mobile/Product.mvc.aspx/28977M/69183?dimensions=0&galleryKey=0

For work I wear the belleville minimils
http://www.bellevilleboot.com/video-mini-mil.html


and in the woods I wear a pair of Russell Mocassins safari PH that I got second hand and in the winter I wear a pair of carl dyer moccasins that are a bit too big so I wear them with thick wool socks
http://www.russellmoccasin.com/boots_safari/safari_ph.html

http://www.carldyers.com/

Sandeemo
04-30-2013, 06:02 PM
L.L. Bean boots. Made in Maine, lifetime warranty, most comfortable shoe I have

Seeker
04-30-2013, 06:02 PM
Daily office wear: 2 pairs of Rockports, brown and black.
Woods: Merrill Moab Ventilators, mostly. Dry out really fast.

scroungetech
04-30-2013, 06:59 PM
Day to day machine shop boots: Wolverine, Union made in USA steel toe.
Hiking/camping in cool wet weather: Vasque Sundowner's in black. They're gore-tex and full grain one piece leather upper.
Outdoorsy stuff in warm weather: Keen Sandals. They've got stubbed-toe protection in spades.
Bumming around on a day off: New Balance sneaks.
Of all of these, I like the Keen the best, with the Vasque a close 2nd.
Smartwool socks all, even with the sandals sometimes, even if it looks dorky it's so comfy.
~scroungetech

Tomm Swift
04-30-2013, 07:37 PM
12" Bean Boots mostly.

Mannlicher
04-30-2013, 07:47 PM
lately, a pair of light weight J-41 brand slip on shoes

Agile Woodsman
04-30-2013, 11:40 PM
I've had the same experience with my vibram 5- fingers. I wear those whenever I can get away with it. At the hardware store I wear a pair of The leather muck boots or my gutted combat boots. At the hospital I'll be wearin tennis shoes for now. I'm wanting to make a pair of moccasins whenever I get around to tanning my deer hides.

That's what I like about the Merrells, they don't have the cut out toe thing going on so they look like regular tennis shoes to most people unless they look closely. You might get away with those at work.

Post up pics of your mocs once you get em done. I want to make my own too, but until I perfect that art I wanted something I could use and abuse.

wilderness
04-30-2013, 11:48 PM
My wife's got a pair of these and loves them...

http://www.newbalance.com/NB-Minimus/minimus,default,pg.html

It is absolutely incredible how light they are and they're made in Idaho, USA :cool:

tree-ratsniper
05-01-2013, 09:49 PM
Red Wing work boots or New Balance sneakers (tennis shoes?). Both made in the USA... Have around 4 years on this pair of Red Wings & when the do wear out I have an identical new pair waiting in the closet. :3:

niceguyedy
05-02-2013, 08:38 AM
My all time favourite boots are the Aussie Blundstones. Awesome quality and comfort. Unfortunately things in my legs are falling apart and I'm pretty soon going to have to look for a lot more cushion. But that aside, I'd never even look at anything else. I've had these about years and have worn them a whole lot in snow, rain, mud, rocks, and they still look nearly new. Unfortunately, I've heard they put their whole Tasmanian workforce on the street and gone to China.

^^ This...

I just found another pair of the #500 classic in brown at the salvation army... 8 bucks.. looks like 95% life still left in them...

I took an hour and cleaned and conditioned the leather, with a quick cream and buff.. now they are (semi) waterproof and ready for the trail...

In cold/wet/mud I wear Canadian forces issue Gortex boots.. though they suck on snow and ice.. no grip.

Machine27
05-02-2013, 09:30 AM
In cold/inclimate weather I wear some altama GI boots treated with sno seal. Any other time I wear some sort of new balance outdoors running or mid top hiking shoe.

ETA: Go through the new balances pretty quick, within a year so it's good to keep an extra pair or two NIB ready for action.

Sterling Woodsman
05-02-2013, 12:29 PM
Kenetrek Mountain Extreme 400s

Pete B
05-02-2013, 12:59 PM
Haix high leg gore tex leather boots or Muck Boots Tay Sport neoprene wellies.

Pete.

Phantom552
05-02-2013, 07:33 PM
I wear a pair of Justin boots when I'm closer to home (Justin Stampede Boots (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051SFB4Q/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0051SFB4Q&linkCode=as2&tag=budgamgamonab-20)), and a pair of Altama Exospeed (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000E8H8T4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000E8H8T4&linkCode=as2&tag=budgamgamonab-20) boots in the field. Works well for Arizona, but I'd need to pick up something more insulated if I plan to head to colder climates.

fx77
05-02-2013, 07:55 PM
Lowas for 30 years...

coldwaterboys
05-02-2013, 08:04 PM
Merrell Moab gore tex. most comfortable shoe I've ever owned.

Bartnmax
05-02-2013, 08:17 PM
For deer hunting I usually use either a pair of Rossi Eagles or Meindl GT Sambar boots.
For quail hunting I have a paid of Sorrells but as they at starting to wear I have been thinking lately of a pair of Danner Pronghorns.
For hiking I reckon my Scarpas are just brilliant.

Lead Dog
05-02-2013, 08:29 PM
Asolo 520s for pretty much everything

Steven Feidt
05-06-2013, 03:59 PM
It varies, but at this moment Converse Chuck Taylors.

Boot1990
05-06-2013, 04:23 PM
pair of belleville combat boots ive had for a few years or my vibram fivefingers.

Wynfrith
05-06-2013, 06:39 PM
I wear a pair of Thor OTB boots.

saveitforsunrise
05-19-2013, 04:38 AM
Im currently wearing Bates RAT boots

deadrabbit
05-19-2013, 05:53 AM
Rockey sv2 or barefoot or vibrams komodo fivefingers dependibg on terrain but scarpa kalesh in winter as a previous member stated too many ankle injuries after ten years in grunts so boots arnt a problem just prefer thin soled flexible boots

Zoev
05-19-2013, 07:15 PM
All black Chucks. Simple, quick to dry and great for rock climbing.

Andy Sherwood
05-26-2013, 12:46 PM
Depends.

I have British Issue Assault Boots.

I also have civilian hiking boots if I want to look more casual.

Call_to_arms
05-28-2013, 10:41 PM
Canadian Forces Cold Wet Weather Gortex combat boots, if you gave me 300$ to go buy boots I would buy 8 or 10 pairs of them, and maybe some mk4s.

BigKidBoyScout
05-28-2013, 10:56 PM
Just ordered a pair of 5.11 ATAC 8" boots, haven't got a chance to test them out myself yet.

WhisperInThePine
05-30-2013, 11:59 AM
A pair of Asolos or my Chippewa logger boots.

In my Asolos I put some superfeet insoles, a great investment.

REMYNGTON
05-30-2013, 12:13 PM
When I go hiking or camping in the warmer months I usually just wear my pair of cheapo Ozark Trail hikers. They're pretty light and comfortable after being broken in. Suit me just fine for the average trip into the woods.

mjackson35746
05-30-2013, 01:16 PM
my mom got me a pair of DieHard boots (I'm pretty sure from walmart) for my birthday for like 40$. To be honest when I got them i didnt like them so much but once i got them broken in a bit i like them alot

Sterling Woodsman
05-30-2013, 01:36 PM
kenetrek mountain extreme 400s. otherwise it's some merrell chameleon 3s

wingnuts
05-30-2013, 01:39 PM
Keens!!! Merills or Rockys

rdec
05-30-2013, 01:48 PM
It depends. Canoeing I wear a pair of LL Bean canvas canoe shoes. Around the house and camp I use soft rubber-sole mocassins, winter a pair of canvas mukluks with felt liners. I don't walk as much as I used to (I'm 74) but have a pair of Hi-Tech low boots for when I do. For emergency use I carry my old pair of Corcoran Field II boots and Sorel Snowbears in the truck.