Men's travel shoes. One pair for hiking/biking/walking/dining

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Men's travel shoes. One pair for hiking/biking/walking/dining

Post by Theseus » Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:43 pm

After seeing earlier threads about travel pants and travel with a carryon, I am going to try to travel very light for my next trip. To do that I need a pair of shoes that does all of this if I want to travel with just a carry on. I will be hiking for two days (rocky terrain), bicycle 9 days (on mostly paved roads), walking around for 10 days and obviously want to go to decent places for dinner and such. I have hiking boots (high ankle) , tennis shoes and casuals. But none that can interchange for different activities. It would be nice to just have one pair - like that one ring to bind them all in The Lord Of The Rings :). For the right shoes I am willing to spend up to $250.

I know fit is very important in the shoes - so may be such a shoe doesn't exist for me. I was looking at REI and found these.

https://www.rei.com/rei-garage/product/ ... shoes-mens
https://www.rei.com/product/128016/the- ... shoes-mens
https://www.rei.com/rei-garage/product/ ... shoes-mens
https://www.rei.com/product/829829/vasq ... shoes-mens

What would you do if you have to carry only one pair for hiking/biking/walking and can also be used going out for dinner and such. Any recommendations?

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Post by bloom2708 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:57 pm

This will be tricky. Lots of variation. I think your 4 options are good. They would all work.

I wear Altra Timp Trail shoes for my "daily wear" shoes.

https://www.altrarunning.com/shop/trail ... 220#hero=0

Timp 1.5 (new version)

https://www.altrarunning.com/shop/men/t ... 242#hero=0

They have the Altra zero drop (heel and foot at the same level), foot shaped toe box (allows toes to naturally spread out), good cushioning, comfortable, light hike-able with good traction/grip.

It takes a 3-4 weeks to get used to a zero drop shoe. Our (anyone who wears shoes with a 8 to 12mm heel or higher) calves, Achilles and feet/toes are weak because of the built up heal in most shoes (why the heel in almost all shoes? conspiracy? :wink: ). If you make the switch/transition (to zero drop) your feet, calves, achillis, knees will never feel better. You start using your hamstrings again. You have better posture (hips forward) and land more mid-foot. Pushing off with the ball of your foot more when the tall heel is removed.

I wear Altra Cayd model for dressier occasions. They are't black tie, but look nice with jeans/polo/khakis.

https://www.altrarunning.com/shop/lifes ... 990#hero=0
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Post by EddyB » Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:57 pm

I think there are some out there that are a bit less technical-looking, if that matters; my previous search identified, e.g., https://www.danner.com/men/lifestyle/ja ... inger.html

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Post by tyrion » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:01 pm

Those are all light hiking shoes. A perfectly reasonable choice. I personally would look at some 'approach' shoes, which in theory are used by rock climbers to hike to the point they begin to really climb. So they're light and tend to have stickier soles which are great for scrambling around on rocky or wet terrain.

The most comfortable shoes I've ever owned are the Scarpa Crux. They sell a new crux 2 these days.
https://www.rei.com/product/129983/scar ... shoes-mens


In reality, you will want go somewhere and try them on. I originally planned to buy a different approach shoe, but after trying them on it was clear the Crux was much more comfortable for me.

One more thought - If you don't think it will be wet, avoid the waterproof shoes. They will not breathe as well and after 9 days may get a bit overwhelmed by daily use and start to smell at little funky. Obviously if it's going to be wet and with one pair of shoes you will want waterproof.

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Post by Winston19 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:03 pm

Check out Oboz Sawtooth. I had the vasque you linked and find the Oboz more comfortable for hiking and biking.

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Post by raveon » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:04 pm

I use https://www.vasque.com/USD/product/mens ... gnac-07146

I've used it from sea-level to up to 20,000 ft on rocky terrain / hiking , small river/creek crossings, regular country / metropolitan travel, on bikes, and carrying 40+lbs backpacks. No issue. I wouldn't want to wear anything else.

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Post by Lexi » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:08 pm

None of these will be good for serious hiking or for biking or for dressy restaurants. Also, what will you wear after a rainy day when your shoes are still wet?
I would wear real hiking boots on the plane and pack a pair of shoes that look a bit less casual but are still good for walking.

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Post by livesoft » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:11 pm

I wear Altra Timp 1.5 for backpacking. In my opinion, they would not be good for cycling or if one was worried about shoes in a restaurant.

One could get away with some dad shoes such as New Balance black walking shoes. If you want expensive, get the NB Postal.

As far as hiking/backpacking go, add an extra insert such as from Spenco or Superfeet to stiffen things up and create a "rock plate." The Altra Timp's don't have a rock plate like other Altra's. For cycling one can add a full-length stiffener/insert instead of a half-length.

Inserts pack small and are only about an ounce each. Not bad when each shoe is 8 to 12 ounces. Plus you can move your inserts among your shoes and to new shoes when your old shoes wear out.

I wear my inserts under the foam insert that comes with the shoes.

No way would I buy or wear hiking boots anymore, but I go ultralight when backpacking, too, so don't need the support.
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Post by HawkeyePierce » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:26 pm

My all-purpose shoe is the Scarpa Margarita with a Superfeet insert. I wouldn't consider it for serious hiking but it serves nicely as a light hiker. It's fine for cycling and I've walked miles and miles in it without issues (socks are equally important here—I only travel with Darn Tough socks). It's not a dress shoe by any means but I've never felt out of place wearing it though I don't frequent restaurants with dress codes.

https://www.amazon.com/Scarpa-Mens-MARG ... B00H8J2PPO

If I'm going on a trip that's heavy on the outdoor adventure I wear a pair of all-black Merrell Moab hiking shoes.

I also pack a pair of Teva hiking sandals. They pack down small enough that I'm able to fit them in my carry-on. I've gone on >5 mile hikes with these without any trouble (though not particularly strenuous ones).

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Post by CFM300 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:12 pm

Something in the Nike Metcon or Reebok Nano family or similar would work well. You may have to clean them after a dusty trail hike before going to dinner.

I'll also add that I hate hiking boots and never wear them unless I'm in the snow and need the warmth. I've hiked everything from the Tour du Mont Blanc to various Himalayan routes in trail running shoes with no problem whatsoever.

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Post by Coato » Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:36 pm

Not sure about biking but I hike and travel in these GoRuck boots.

https://www.goruck.com/macv-1-lookbook/

Very light, roomy shoes and don’t look technical. They just look like black shoes with a pair of 5 pocket slacks and button down.

These shoes are quite popular too. I’d say I am in like with my pair and bring the GoRuck ones where real walking is used.

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Post by adam1712 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:41 pm

This reminds me, I have a pair of Merrells that look like this that I love for the versatility:

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It seems like the model has been discontinued although I'm not entirely sure. I don't know the product name although the product ID might be J310542C. The colors are Dark Earth and Dusty Olive. Does anybody here know if Merrell still makes anything similar?

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Post by halfnine » Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:42 pm

I've historically found that Rockports fit the all around mold quite well, but it's been a while since I've needed something similar so quality may have changed. I took something similar to this on a year long trip that included treks in various mountain ranges as well as a trip up Kilimanjaro.

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Post by sleepysurf » Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:02 pm

How about these... Merrell Jungle Moc slip-ons... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BXWWZW/re ... B006PFQXUU

I took these on a Canadian Rockies vacation last year... very comfy for walking, hiking, and acceptable for casual biking and dining.
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Post by climber2020 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:27 pm

My go-to travel shoes when any legit hiking is involved are my Brooks Cascadias. They’re typical trail running shoes. Good for casual walking around and I’ve also scrambled up some 14,000 ft mountains in them.

They won’t work for upscale dining, but I don’t ever do that when I’m on vacation. If I did, I’d probably need a 2nd pair of shoes solely for that purpose.

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Post by MP123 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:03 pm

That's sort of the Holy Grail of shoes. Hard to find.

Merrell has a wide range of styles depending on how technical/hiking-ish you want them. None are what I'd consider dressy but the more low key ones would probably work OK with decent khakis at most restaurants. I find them very comfortable for hiking and walking.

How fancy is the dining requirement? It's pretty hard to find a place with a dress code these days even if you want one.

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Post by Volkdancer » Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:05 pm

On my current trip which has consisted of a month traveling by bus from Mumbai to Chennai through Karnataka, walking five to ten miles a day, some pedaling, climbing around rock caves, and carrying a sixteen pound pack, and the other day a five hour walk up to and around Victoria and Austin Peak, I have been experimenting wearing a new pair of SAS shoes because I will be attending a wedding and they need to be shined up which they do easily.

They have been working wonderfully. Much better than expected. I do have some chronic feet and toe problems but those have not manifested at all during the trip. In fact they seem to have disappeared much to my delight. I only noticed that after about three weeks when I realized that there were no problems.

And they are also good for swing and other types of dancing.

I wear them with a pair of REI medium hiking socks, the green ones, which combination has been comfortable even in dry, dusty, 35-40° C heat.

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Post by Winston19 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:11 pm

Coato wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:36 pm
Not sure about biking but I hike and travel in these GoRuck boots.

https://www.goruck.com/macv-1-lookbook/

Very light, roomy shoes and don’t look technical. They just look like black shoes with a pair of 5 pocket slacks and button down.

These shoes are quite popular too. I’d say I am in like with my pair and bring the GoRuck ones where real walking is used.

https://abrotherabroad.com/altama-otb-r ... -heard-of/
The goruck shoes look great.

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Post by TheGreyingDuke » Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:08 pm

Wearing the same pair of shoes for weeks is not something that I would do. Giving them a day off every few days will allow them to dry, prolonging their life and pampering your feet. Even a pair of "athletic" sandals for an afternoon every few days would help.
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Post by carguyny » Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:14 pm

Which is the highest priority? Ever worn minimalist/barefoot shoes?

check out for more casual focus:
https://www.vivobarefoot.com/us/mens/ev ... Light+Grey

or if you want to focus more on hiking:
https://www.vivobarefoot.com/us/mens/ev ... our=Indigo

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Post by Cycle » Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:19 pm

I'd recommend two very light shoes that weigh less than a regular shoe.

Wear a casual minimalist shoe for town and biking around town. I use vivobarefoot, but there are many brands.

For trekking wear a minimalist trail shoe, like the baretrek on Amazon ($16) or Merrell vapor glove ($80).

I fit a weeks stuff in my brompton s bag which fits under the seat in front of me and I put my brompton in the overhead bin. I do laundry once a week. Minimalist traveler.

Oh and you'll need to wear these shoes a ways before or you'll literally break your foot hiking. Once u start doing barefoot tho, u really can't go back as all other shoes will hurt your feet.
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Post by Cycle » Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:23 pm

carguyny wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:14 pm
Which is the highest priority? Ever worn minimalist/barefoot shoes?

check out for more casual focus:
https://www.vivobarefoot.com/us/mens/ev ... Light+Grey

or if you want to focus more on hiking:
https://www.vivobarefoot.com/us/mens/ev ... our=Indigo
I somehow picked up a pair of vivobarefoots for $60, which is a problem bc now I find all other shoes unwearable and vivobarefoots are beyond my budget. My trail shoes were $16 (baretrek). Walking in vivos feels literally like getting a massage. It is so enjoyable.
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Post by RudyS » Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:41 pm

Lexi wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:08 pm
None of these will be good for serious hiking or for biking or for dressy restaurants. Also, what will you wear after a rainy day when your shoes are still wet?
I would wear real hiking boots on the plane and pack a pair of shoes that look a bit less casual but are still good for walking.
My thought too.

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Post by skierrex » Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:49 pm

I wear leather Red Wing boots for everything. I oil them up and put shoe polish on when they need to look nice.
I use them for hiking, mountain biking, working, and the occasional formal occasion.

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Post by onourway » Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:50 pm

Another vote for Vivobarefoot here. They will take some getting used to, so you will want to have them well before your trip to make sure you will be ok with them. But for many of us, once we’ve made the transition, it’s hard to go back to wearing anything with a ‘regular’ sole. I travel extensively and run and hike and walk everywhere I go. I used to get typical sore feet after a long day of walking, especially in the city. Haven’t had that experience in years since switching to Vivo’s.

From your list it may be difficult to have just ONE pair of shoes, but it really depends on exactly what you expect. ie. is the cycling going to be casual, a few to 10 miles or so, at a meandering pace, or do you expect to be doing a lot of miles with relatively serious gear?

Personally, assuming I could make them work for the cycling leg, I might lean towards the Vivo Gobi II boot. My preference is for Vivo’s leather models because they are extremely comfortable even without socks even when it’s hot. They get more comfortable as they break in. These are also the most suitable for your ‘non-active’ parts of the trip. The RA II is basically the same shoe in low-top form, and if you want something synthetic and sneaker-like rather than leather, I’d lean towards the Stealth II.

Good luck!

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Post by augryphon » Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:57 pm

I wore Keen’s for one trip and my running shoes for another. The running shoes were by far the best, but looked a little silly dining in Paris, but I probably would have looked stupid in Paris no matter what I wore.

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Post by Bogle7 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:09 pm

My feet and legs say https://www.mephisto.com/us/match-1779925.html
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Post by Ramon » Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:35 pm

Merrell Moab 2 Ventilators
https://www.rei.com/product/113826/merr ... shoes-mens

If the fit is good, they'll check all your boxes.

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Post by JMacDonald » Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:37 pm

Coato wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:36 pm
Not sure about biking but I hike and travel in these GoRuck boots.

https://www.goruck.com/macv-1-lookbook/

Very light, roomy shoes and don’t look technical. They just look like black shoes with a pair of 5 pocket slacks and button down.

These shoes are quite popular too. I’d say I am in like with my pair and bring the GoRuck ones where real walking is used.

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Post by stimulacra » Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:53 pm

Of the four options OP listed, the North Face option was the most low key and versatile looking.

I would select a hiking shoe that only has one or two colors that's either dark brown or dark neutral.

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Post by Sandi_k » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:00 pm

DH has a pair of Born slip-ons that have been very versatile. He loves them for travel days.

He has a pair of lace-ups - black Sandro Moscoloni's that he got at Nordstrom's - that are also very comfortable. Dressier than the Borns, but well-cushioned for walking.

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Post by autolycus » Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:24 am

I'm a big fan of Keen shoes. They're a little clunkier than some, but they do the job very well. There are a variety of styles, none of which are especially dressy but which are dressy enough for vacation. All of their hiking boots and shoes are very good for anything short of serious backpacking, and even then some of their models would be a good option.

I second the recommendation for 2 pairs: wear the heavier, bulkier hikers on the plane and carry a light-weight "dressier" shoe in your luggage.

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Post by Jack FFR1846 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:34 am

(Jack looks at his feet)

I wear some Fila black leather sneakers. Black sole, black everything. The soles are some kind of safety, non-slip type which make them good for walking on ice, snow, anywhere. These are the only shoes I use for every single activity you talk about and I wear them to work every day, including presenting to customers. I remember buying them at Bob's stores and I would never pay over $40 for shoes, so I'd guess I had a coupon and they probably list for $49.95 and I got probably $10 off.
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Post by michaeljc70 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:32 am

I wouldn't wear any of those in the OP to a nice restaurant. Other people may not care. If you really can only bring 1 pair of shoes, I'd go with something as close to entirely black as possible and as plain as possible to make them appear more dressy.

Even if I travel with only a carry-on, I bring at least 2 pair of shoes (1 of course I am wearing on the plane). If 1 pair gets wet, what do you do?

I can't imagine bicycling in some of the boots posted.
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Post by friar1610 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:34 am

Lexi wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:08 pm
None of these will be good for serious hiking or for biking or for dressy restaurants. Also, what will you wear after a rainy day when your shoes are still wet?
I would wear real hiking boots on the plane and pack a pair of shoes that look a bit less casual but are still good for walking.
+1

That's what I do. A pair of either low cut day-hiking shoes or higher boots on the plane to reduce weight in the checked luggage. I wear them walking around a city or in the woods/on unpaved trails (no heavy-duty mountain climbing for me.) I Also pack a pair of L.L. Bean moccasins. They go fine with a pair of chinos and a blazer for the evening/"dress up". The soles are thick enough that they make comfortable shoes for walking all day in a city. Even if one pair doesn't get wet, it's nice to have the option of trading off every other day if the planned activities permit.
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Post by exrook » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:57 am

I have a pair of these:

https://www.rei.com/product/126955/keen ... shoes-mens

I've worn them on extended backpacking trips in New Mexico, Alaska, and Wyoming. Until I switched to pedal clips, I wore them cycling to and from work (13 miles each way) several days a week. I have them on now - they look fine with a pair of khakis or nice jeans.

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Post by curiouskitty » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:03 am

I use the Vasque Rift (discontinued, sadly) in Black for these purposes

https://www.rei.com/product/829830/vasq ... shoes-mens

They are an approach shoe as another user mentioned. Amazing traction, almost all black, fit in almost everywhere.

Given they are discontinued, I’d try to find an old model or get a similar black shoe (the Vivos and the black Altama Maritimes look the best in this thread to me if you actually want a shoe that can go dressy)

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Post by mlipps » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:04 am

Since the walking comes after the hiking, I'd consider buying a new pair of dress shoes from whatever city/town you're in at that stage of the trip. Then you don't have to carry them around while hiking/biking earlier on. But I generally agree it's dicey to only have one pair while hiking. If the weather is nice, I really like biking in my Tevas and they're quite lightweight/compact, while still sturdy enough to do a lot of walking. Doesn't solve your dinner dilemma though.

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Post by LawyersGunsAndMoney » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:12 am

Your best bet is all-black trail runners - by Nike, Adidas, or Salomon.

Many of us prefer trail runners to hiking shoes or boots for comfort and versatility on hikes (assuming you're not carrying heavy packs or hiking in wet/snowy weather).

And given the current state of sneaker fashion - you can easily get away with a minimalist all-black shoe with dark jeans/slacks and a sweater/buttondown for dinner.

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Post by jayk238 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:22 am

Theseus wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:43 pm
After seeing earlier threads about travel pants and travel with a carryon, I am going to try to travel very light for my next trip. To do that I need a pair of shoes that does all of this if I want to travel with just a carry on. I will be hiking for two days (rocky terrain), bicycle 9 days (on mostly paved roads), walking around for 10 days and obviously want to go to decent places for dinner and such. I have hiking boots (high ankle) , tennis shoes and casuals. But none that can interchange for different activities. It would be nice to just have one pair - like that one ring to bind them all in The Lord Of The Rings :). For the right shoes I am willing to spend up to $250.

I know fit is very important in the shoes - so may be such a shoe doesn't exist for me. I was looking at REI and found these.

https://www.rei.com/rei-garage/product/ ... shoes-mens
https://www.rei.com/product/128016/the- ... shoes-mens
https://www.rei.com/rei-garage/product/ ... shoes-mens
https://www.rei.com/product/829829/vasq ... shoes-mens

What would you do if you have to carry only one pair for hiking/biking/walking and can also be used going out for dinner and such. Any recommendations?
https://www.samuelhubbard.com/bucks?color=Navy+Nubuck
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I found these shoes extremely comfortable and easy to wear with no issues. I go to dinner in them and walk for hours in stores etc.

They have a vibram sole that has helped greatly.

If you want a shoe for hiking w european flare i recommend the scarpa mojitos.

Both have vibrams.

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Re: Men's travel shoes. One pair for hiking/biking/walking/dining

Post by Theseus » Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:25 pm

raveon wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:04 pm
I use https://www.vasque.com/USD/product/mens ... gnac-07146

I've used it from sea-level to up to 20,000 ft on rocky terrain / hiking , small river/creek crossings, regular country / metropolitan travel, on bikes, and carrying 40+lbs backpacks. No issue. I wouldn't want to wear anything else.
Thank you. My current hiking shoes are high ankle Vasque - which I have used for Kilimanjaro etc. I am on the second pair of them. They fit me perfectly. I am looking for something that can pass for dinners etc. I will have to check out other Vasques.

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Post by Theseus » Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:28 pm

HawkeyePierce wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:26 pm
My all-purpose shoe is the Scarpa Margarita with a Superfeet insert. I wouldn't consider it for serious hiking but it serves nicely as a light hiker. It's fine for cycling and I've walked miles and miles in it without issues (socks are equally important here—I only travel with Darn Tough socks). It's not a dress shoe by any means but I've never felt out of place wearing it though I don't frequent restaurants with dress codes.

https://www.amazon.com/Scarpa-Mens-MARG ... B00H8J2PPO

If I'm going on a trip that's heavy on the outdoor adventure I wear a pair of all-black Merrell Moab hiking shoes.

I also pack a pair of Teva hiking sandals. They pack down small enough that I'm able to fit them in my carry-on. I've gone on >5 mile hikes with these without any trouble (though not particularly strenuous ones).

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0084 ... UTF8&psc=1

Thanks. Scrapa looks really good. These hikes are just day hikes and not backpacking so I should be ok with them. I will have to see if I can find them locally somewhere so I can try them out.

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Post by AnonJohn » Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:34 pm

jayk238 wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:22 am

https://www.samuelhubbard.com/bucks?color=Navy+Nubuck
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I found these shoes extremely comfortable and easy to wear with no issues. I go to dinner in them and walk for hours in stores etc.

They have a vibram sole that has helped greatly.

If you want a shoe for hiking w european flare i recommend the scarpa mojitos.

Both have vibrams.
Those are nice looking (Hubbards). How have you found them to wear over time? At that price I'd need to get a lot of years out of them. I know the sole should be solid, but am skeptical of the nubuck finish. Any comment / experience?

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Post by Theseus » Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:35 pm

halfnine wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:42 pm
I've historically found that Rockports fit the all around mold quite well, but it's been a while since I've needed something similar so quality may have changed. I took something similar to this on a year long trip that included treks in various mountain ranges as well as a trip up Kilimanjaro.
Thank you. I think this may be the shoe I need. It looks good enough and has water resistance/proofing. And enough tone downed for me to wear to dinners.

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Post by Theseus » Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:37 pm

climber2020 wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:27 pm
My go-to travel shoes when any legit hiking is involved are my Brooks Cascadias. They’re typical trail running shoes. Good for casual walking around and I’ve also scrambled up some 14,000 ft mountains in them.

They won’t work for upscale dining, but I don’t ever do that when I’m on vacation. If I did, I’d probably need a 2nd pair of shoes solely for that purpose.
these seem like good shoes, but I am looking for something more toned down and plain.

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Re: Men's travel shoes. One pair for hiking/biking/walking/dining

Post by Epsilon Delta » Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:22 pm

Theseus wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:43 pm
I will be hiking for two days (rocky terrain), bicycle 9 days (on mostly paved roads), walking around for 10 days and obviously want to go to decent places for dinner and such.
There's a lot of fixation on the hiking but you will be spending more time biking. What type of pedals will you be using?

I find most hiking and running shoes with splayed soles are too wide. They won't fit in toe straps and even without toe straps they move the ball of the foot too far outboard. You also need to pay attention how smooth they are particularly if you are using toe straps, but even if not you do not want dangling laces and such to catch on the crank or chain.

Personally I'd probably go with what somebody called dad shoe's and I'd call nurses shoes. These are comfortable to walk in, and have a reasonably streamlined toe without a splayed sole. If you get them in black they can pass for most occasions.

Also cycling is quite likely to leave the shoes at least somewhat scuffed, so I would not get something too fancy expecting them to look good for years.

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Post by forgeblast » Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:37 pm

Look at danner. They are for me, the best shoes out there. I am on concrete floors all day long and I go through one pair a year. Out of the box excellent fit. They have a bit dressier ones that can do multiple duty.

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Post by jhfenton » Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:51 pm

LawyersGunsAndMoney wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:12 am
Your best bet is all-black trail runners - by Nike, Adidas, or Salomon.
If you made me take one shoe, that would be my choice: a black running shoe suitable for trails. (I run fairly rugged trails in racing flats, so I might not pick an actual trail shoe.)

In reality, I would expect to take 3 pair of shoes: hiking/walking, running, and cycling. I haven't ridden a bike without cycling shoes, cleats, and clip-in pedals in so long, I can't imagine doing so for any respectable distance.

On my trip to Spain and Morocco last summer, I took two pair of shoes: Allbirds tree runners and Asics HyperSpeed running shoes. I was chaperoning a group of high school students, so we weren't eating in any fancy restaurants where I needed more than khakis and Allbirds. Except for my morning runs, I wore the Allbirds nonstop for most of two weeks.

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Re: Men's travel shoes. One pair for hiking/biking/walking/dining

Post by Theseus » Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:03 pm

Epsilon Delta wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:22 pm
Theseus wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:43 pm
I will be hiking for two days (rocky terrain), bicycle 9 days (on mostly paved roads), walking around for 10 days and obviously want to go to decent places for dinner and such.
There's a lot of fixation on the hiking but you will be spending more time biking. What type of pedals will you be using?
I will not be using pedals - actually I have never used them. I am not a big time biker. I had one barge and bike trip before on a flat terrain and I did that with tennis shoes. I was fine. The average distance is about 38 miles a day. And mostly flat terrain with some hills (700 ft elevation gain/loss per day).

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Post by 3504PIR » Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:09 pm

The problem for me is the "dinner" portion of the requirement. I wouldn't wear any of the linked shoes to dinner. I would throw a pair of casual shoes on top of my carry on and be done with it. Otherwise, look at Pikolinos which can be bought through Orvis.

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