Replies: 11 - Last Post: Jun 26, 2012 7:08 AM Last Post By: fid
Jun 17, 2012 2:06 PM
I am traveling to England in September moving from Bath, Peak District, York and LakeDistrict. Then heading to Paris for 4 days. I won't be hiking really but tons of walking. I am looking for advice on a good boot purchase.
Right now I am looking at Blundstones because my friends say they are comfy and forgive me but I also want to invest in boots I'd wear even if I'm not hiking or going for a long walk.
Any suggestions would be welcome!
Jun 17, 2012 2:43 PM
Jun 17, 2012 3:30 PM
Jun 17, 2012 11:03 PM
3Not sure why you want a pair of boots. A good pair of trainers are suitable for walking and much lighter. They also can be worn on the hills -despite the old brigade warning you other wise. Never heard of Blundstones - not surprised when I see the UK contact address is in Italy. Suggest you visit an outdoor shop and spend a few hours trying things on. Reluctant to suggest a brand since everybodys feet are different.
Jun 18, 2012 12:59 AM
Jun 18, 2012 2:11 AM
5#4, not true, Blunnies come in variants with laces (but I would not be using them for being especially comfy walking shoes, I used to buy them for cost and endurance and because, back then, they were Australian made).
I've currently got a pair of brown leather Timberlands that are serving me really well but I cannot identify the actual style online. This is really close - http://www.timberlandireland.ie/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_45&products_id=194 - but not quite there.
Whatever you buy, just make sure they are well broken in before you get serious about schlepping around in them.
Jun 18, 2012 3:00 AM
Jun 18, 2012 9:27 AM
7Keens. Hands downs the best. Light and durable. Have 4 different pairs, including sandals. Never a blister. Been worn throughout Europe in every terrain imaginable. Top of Half Dome in Yosemite and trail to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, etc., etc., etc. Pair of Alamosas for those treks. Still have them. Still in excellent shape. Hike daily in a pair of the Venice sandals to the Observatory in LA's Griffith Park. Those sandals are 3 years old, look dirty because of the dust but don't look ragged. Pricey and worth every dime spent!!! Look online.
Jun 18, 2012 1:51 PM
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Jun 21, 2012 3:58 PM
Jun 26, 2012 7:08 AM
11Thanks for all the input, I'll check out all these sites and go to a store and try each one on. A friend of mine had suggested blundstones because he travelled through Australia in them. He swears by them as well. He went to the Blundstone main store in Australia and they said they moved the plan to Vietnam and since then the quality has improved greatly.
It is all a matter of preference and I because I live in a condo it's difficult for me to have an abundance of shoes for specific tasks, so I thought the boots would be good because I'd wear them when I'm not travelling. And I'm assuming it'd be a little wet when I'm in England. I know that I shouldn't just base my choice off style, I would just like a balance of the two.
But I will certainly check out Keens, Merrells and Meindls.
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