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  • Stubble
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Waterproof Hiking Boots or Shoes
« on: January 11, 2019, 09:42:15 AM »
I saw some old threads regarding this but wanted to bring it into the present and 2019. I have a short walking/biking commute to work that's about 1.5 miles. I usually walk in good weather. The problem is that my route includes a crossing over a small stream with anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of water across about 7 feet. Presumably, the creek will be dry during the summer months. I don't bother crossing (go the long way around) during rainy weather or soon thereafter, as the creek runs even higher.

So...looking for suggestions for boots that will easily withstand a few inches of running water. Ideally, the best mix of price, durability, resilience to water, and comfort. The latter is very important, I'd really like comfy shoes to make it easy and encourage myself to keep up the walking commute habit. Please keep in mind that these boots will also be used for the rest of my walk along urban roads. If it weren't for the stream and the sometimes muddy surrounding area, I'd wear tennis shoes. I need to visit some physical retail places this weekend to figure out my shoe size for hiking boots...I have weird feet and depending on the type and style of shoe, require different sizes.

On top of specific brand and shoe types, how exactly do you buy them to save $? I was thinking ebay but open to alternatives.

TIA and happy friday!


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Re: Waterproof Hiking Boots or Shoes
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2019, 09:48:39 AM »
Shoes can be very individual. Each company has their own mold/last that they use. If that last is similar to your feet, great! If not, they will be miserable to wear.

I've had some good luck with Merrell over the years but recently I've been in love with Salomon. You should be able to find both of those brands in any decent outdoors store. Once you find a model that you like, just look for last year's model on clearance online. If you are prepared to accept a potentially undesirable color, you can find some amazing deals.


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Re: Waterproof Hiking Boots or Shoes
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2019, 01:00:29 PM »
I highly recommend LL Bean hiking boots.  Made in Italy and are full leather/gore-tex and retailed for ~$245 and I was able to snag them during a 25% off sale.  Been running strong hiking all over California for several years now, no issues with water intrusion when crossing streams in the Sierras near Sequoia or Kings Canyon NPs and excellent grip on both granite and dirt trails.


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Re: Waterproof Hiking Boots or Shoes
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2019, 04:32:34 PM »
I have a pair of Keen waterproof boots (good for up to 5" depth of water, I'd say) and supposedly warm down to -40F. I've had them for a couple of years now, and have found them very comfortable for fast dog walks of up to four miles.

This is about the closest match I see on the Keen site at the moment. I paid just under $100 for mine, on sale.


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Re: Waterproof Hiking Boots or Shoes
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2019, 01:13:11 AM »
I would buy rubber / silicone overshoes and put them on to cross the stream, or wear them the full way if it was generally ick out... or wear my short rubber boot "shoes" to work and change when I get there.

This is a classic style.  Mine are more like under the ankle rubber boots.

ooh!  ETA:  If it is a short cut, that is on a path, you can bring a few boards and put them over to create a bridge crossing.  Very helpful for more than just you, too.
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