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Gear Review

5 5

Better and better.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

At first, I wasn't sure what to make of this shoe. I liked it in the store, and it looks great, but upon wearing it around town and for my first hike, I found it to be somewhat uncomfortable. I basically put them on my shoe rack and didn't touch them for a while. One day, I decided to give them another try, and I wore them for a week straight. I don't know if there was just a short breaking-in time that I didn't allow for or what, but now they are absolutely my favorite shoe. I wear them almost every day and have been doing so for most of the last year. I've worn them through slush and mud and dust and everything else the midwest could throw at me, and they still look really nice, if not brand new. The Vibram sole is still going strong, hardly any signs of wear after all this time. The suede is still soft and supple, somehow. My feet have never gotten wet, and the shoe vents well too so they are rarely if ever sweaty.

In short, this is a great shoe and I would absolutely buy it again. If they aren't 100% comfortable on your first hike, give it some time to adjust to your feet. Within a week I bet you'll love them too.