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Good trekking/outdoor shoe for everyday assignment
Ting Shen, Student/Intern, Photographer
Chicago | IL | U.S. | Posted: 3:42 AM on 03.17.13
->> Hey y'all,

I was wonder can anyone suggest some good pair of everyday walking/trekking shoes for us photojournalist and sport shooters?Something that has some good grip, arch support, good for long distance walking, but also sweat repellant and not too hot for the summer.

Now I'm looking at ADIDAS TERREX FAST R SHOES. But I also want to hear if you guys got some good suggestions?

Much Appreciated
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Richard Uhlhorn, Photographer
Chelan Falls | WA | USA | Posted: 9:25 PM on 03.17.13
->> Hi-Tec hiking shoes and boots fit, at least they fit me right fron the start, are well built and inexpensive in comparison to the more well known manufacturers. Http://hi-Tec.com/us.

They always seen to be on sale at Big 5, but REI also carries them.
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Max Waugh, Photographer
Bothell | WA | USA | Posted: 9:40 PM on 03.17.13
->> For outdoor shoes, Merrells have always fit me best. I'm particularly fond of their Moab Ventilator series. Their Geomorph hiking boots have effective waterproofing if you're looking for something a little sturdier and more rugged.
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Greg Francis, Photographer
Rochester | NY | USA | Posted: 10:18 PM on 03.17.13
->> Merrells. closeouts at sierratradingpost.com Columbia are nice too. Look for a trail runner type, or light hiker
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Michael Pina, Photographer
Young Harris | GA | usa | Posted: 11:15 PM on 03.17.13
->> I have used Rocky boots for years. They are made in the USA and are considered the approved footware for the US postal service. They are very comfortable to wear all day. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for.
http://www.rockyboots.com/Products/search/Search-TMC%20Postal/
Good luck
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Andy Mitchell, Photographer, Assistant
Chattanooga | TN | USA | Posted: 12:19 AM on 03.18.13
->> http://www.asolo.com/eng/prod_det.php?area=4&catid=24&itemid=196

I have worn Asolo brand shoes and boots for the last 15 years, also cheek out the Keen Obsedian

Andy
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Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 9:50 AM on 03.18.13
->> Zamberlans are hard to beat in a hiking boot. They also make walking shoes. Italian made, kinda pricey, but worth it.
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Richard Uhlhorn, Photographer
Chelan Falls | WA | USA | Posted: 10:00 AM on 03.18.13
->> And that is just the point I was making. I agree that Merrellls are great hikers. Had a pair myself and on sale at our local sports store I paid twice what I pay for my Hi-Tecs and the Merrells didn't last any longer. Both are comfortable.

My first set of Hi-Tecs were purchased years ago or a backpacking trip into the North Cascades National Park out of Stehikin. Four days later I finished this trip without a blister. I have been a devout Hi-Tec user ever since.
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Max Gersh, Photographer
Rockford | IL | USA | Posted: 12:55 PM on 03.18.13
->> +1 for Merrells. Comfy. Durable. Suitable for all sorts of terrain.
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Mike Huffstatler, Photographer, Assistant
Rancho Cucamonga | Ca | United States | Posted: 3:00 PM on 03.18.13
->> I like the look of those Asolos. Need to go see if the REI or someone has them to see first-hand.

I've been a big fan of Keens for a while now. Durable, comfortable and a variety of styles.

I also really wanted to get a pair of Blundstones (from Australia). I've heard fantastic stories about these for durability, comfort and utility. When I was finally able to try on a pair in Austin a while back I was disappointed to find that my high instep ruled them out. That I still think they are a viable option for many.
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Ting Shen, Student/Intern, Photographer
Chicago | IL | U.S. | Posted: 3:09 PM on 03.18.13
->> thanks guys. I'll look into all of these options.
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Geoffrey Bolte, Photographer, Assistant
Thompson | CT | USA | Posted: 3:50 PM on 03.18.13
->> Been very happy with Merrells. Going on my 5th pair in 4 years, yeah seems like a lot but with camping and long hikes as well as everyday use. They have been beaten on.
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Brian Tietz, Photographer
Fort Myers | FL | USA | Posted: 4:41 PM on 03.18.13
->> Keen makes great shoes
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Tim Snow, Photographer
Montreal | Qc | Canada | Posted: 7:52 PM on 03.18.13
->> I like my Keens, but the real trick isn't the shoe but the insole. I've had some less than great shoes feel wonderful with quality insoles. Figure out what you need more of (arch support, heel support etc) and get insoles specific to those ailments. I can go full days in my Chucks and Vans without any issues.
Also, speak to people at REI, EMS, MEC or wherever you go and ask about the weight rating for the shoes. It makes a huge difference when you're carrying around (literally) tons of gear.
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Talya Arbisser, Photographer, Assistant
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 2:12 AM on 03.21.13
->> I absolutely adore my Salomon XA Pro 3d Ultra shoes... they are easy to get on and off fast as they don't have traditional ties (they use a bungee like cord with a thing that tucks in to the tongue) - I've been happy with the waterproofing on them and they fit me very comfortably... I've trekked all over the world with them from desert to ice and find them to be great in oh so many ways.

If you are concerned about fit for shoes... I can tell you I went to a shoe store in NC that actually watched me walk, measured all parts of my foot, and I've never had a pair of tennis shoes I like better than the ones they specifically picked for my feet... you might consider that when looking for this kind of shoe as well!

Cheers!
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Philip Johnson, Photographer
Garland | TX | USA | Posted: 10:39 AM on 03.21.13
->> I agree with Tim, the trick is getting good replacement insoles. If you are wearing the shoes every day you may need to replace the insoles every six months to a year.
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Bradly J. Boner, Photographer, Photo Editor
Jackson | WY | USA | Posted: 12:04 PM on 03.21.13
->> Do a Google search for "approach shoe." They are designed for hiking and scrambling. They have a hybrid sole that's made, in part, out of the rubber that's on climbing shoes.

La Sportiva, The North Face and Five Ten all make good approach shoes. I have a pair of Sportivas that took three years to run into the ground.
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Andrew Brosig, Photo Editor, Photographer
Nacogdoches | TX | United States | Posted: 3:34 PM on 03.21.13
->> I'm liking me some Merrells, too.
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