Question: What big brand shoe manufacturers make leather free footwear for hiking?
I know this isn’t a food question but I thought a vegetarian or vegan could help. I don’t care for leather and was wondering what big brand companies (e.g. Columbia, Keen, Timberland), make leather free footwear that is suitable for hiking?
Answer by Celtic Tejas
My daughter finds DSW, Payless & a few others carrying leather free products. I’m sorry I think you need to go on line or call the companies of those you listed.
Question: Which hiking shoe is best when one must swim and cross streams as well as go over rocky areas?
I will be hiking in Maui, and some of the hikes involve walking across or through streams, and swimming to get to the next part of the trail. I don’t want to switch shoes out, because it would be a hassle to keep one pair of shoes dry. I feel comfortable spending around $ 100 if needed, because I don’t want any blisters or sore feet while on vacation! Can you recommend a shoe for me?
Answer by Ferc Star
I am currently hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and I use Salomon Techamphibian 2 water shoes for crossing rivers.
Question: What features should I look for in a hiking shoe?
I want to buy quality hiking shoes for moderate to difficult hiking trails and I am totally lost. There so much selection of material, thread, cushion and whatnot… What features are the most important for comfort & safety? What brands should I look at? Is it a good idea to order them online?
Answer by guitar4peace
It almost depends on what area of the country you are living/hiking in. For wet areas I recommend leather boots with Gore-tex. I hike daily for my job as a forester and boots are the most important things I own. I am a big fan of the brand Vasque, but also like Merril and Montrail. You need comfort, support, and traction. I recommend going to an outdoors store and trying on a few pairs to get the right sizing and to find a model that feels the best to you. Then if you’d like find them online, sometimes they can be found cheaper. Just for your information the best hiking sandal I have found is Chaco. I am completely in love with them.
Question: What is the best type of shoe to wear while hiking in the Grand Canyon and other parks nearby?
My girlfriend and I are going to the Grand Canyon but we’ll also be going to Zion and Bryce. The hiking will only be a few miles at a time, none of this half day or all day stuff.
Will a good pair of gym shoes like Nike or New Balance be OK or do you suggest boots?
Answer by loves christmas lights
High tops, boots or high sneakers that are comfy, adn provide lots of protection against plants and snakes. Wear jeans too.
Question: What is the difference between a trail running shoe and a hiking shoe?
I have been hiking a lot lately and have just been using my nike running shoes, I have been struggling as I have been getting into steeper terrain, so I am needing a better hiking shoe, will trail running shoes work, or do I have to get hiking shoes?
Answer by Mermaid Girl
for running, you don’t want a chunky shoe that you would need for hiking.you want a lightweight, fitting shoe. for hiking, you want a comfortable, protective boot.