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Does more than get you from A to B.

Don't let a pesky thing like footwear hold you back from polishing off your weekly hiking agenda. The Vasque Rift Hiking Shoe eagerly awaits your summit shot. A Vibram Spider sole grips a multitude of common mountain features so your talus field challenge course doesn't seem quite as intimidating. A lace-to-toe design offers a more comfortable, custom fit and even support.
  • Durable suede and nubuck upper resist abrasion while complementing a rugged rubber toe and heel cup
  • Triple-density EVA midsole provides stability and support to help prevent fatigue

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I usually take a 8.5 size should I order...

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I usually take a 8.5 size should I order a 9 if they run small.

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Hey Robert Dudas,

Thanks for your question.

These do run a little on the small side. If you usually wear a size 8.5 then sizing up to a 9.0 would be a great fit for you.

I hope this helps.

5 5

Great shoe but weird colors

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

I wore out my 2 year old pair of these. Came here to buy another pair. BUT -- the black color is gone? Is Vasque not making these anymore??

Sorry -- I don't want green or red!

Lost sale!!

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If I usually take a 8.5 should I order a size 9.

4 5

Good and bad

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

Overall, these are great shoes. I went on some hikes with them in India, in wet, slippery conditions, and they did not slip. I like the styling, and they are comfortable. Sole is thick enough for hiking and you can just feel rocks underneath, which is good for managing tough terrain. Negatives are: although my feet stayed relatively dry, the boots stayed wet for a long time, in cool weather. Also, I found the toes so painful I had to return the boots. I wanted to keep them because I loved them, but they were too painful. So I would just say, make sure they fit very well with plenty of room in the toe. And note that in wet weather, they can take a long time to dry. They are very well made shoes and I think would be great if they fit correctly for you.

3 5

Well made, but lacking in tongue padding

I tried these out alongside 3 other approach shoes, and I ended up returning them after wearing them around the house a bit. There's a lot to like about the Rift. It's very well made and looks great. The arch support is decent. My only complaint was that the tongue was very short (barely extending beyond the top of the laces) and is only slightly padded. For me, at least, if the shoe is well laced, I can feel too much pressure from the top laces against the top of my foot. For hiking on a trail, that might be fine, but I was planning on using this as an approach/descent shoe, where the going can get steep -- thus the unpadded tongue would be painful. If having a substantial and well-padded tongue isn't a priority, then this shoe would probably be fine. I opted for the Five-Ten Camp Four and Guide Tennie instead, as both have nice tongues and also fit well.

4 5

Great office shoe, maybe not a hiker

Fit is true to size, I wear a 46.5 EU, 12 US and these fit perfect with medium weight wool socks. I went with the "dark earth" and it is pretty accurate in the picture, about the color of a used baseball glove. Look is great with jeans and khakis, maybe a little too German touristy for shorts. Tread is shallow, more like a true approach shoe. More of a brew pub in a mountain town / office / travel shoe than a true hiking shoe.

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How much hiking/walking are these made...

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How much hiking/walking are these made for? I'm looking at a week-long hiking/walking trip in the Scottish Highlands, mileage from 8-15 miles a day, but nothing too technical or off-the-beaten-path. Recommendations?

are these water proof ?

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are these water proof ?