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Boots that are totally waterproof and dont tare up feet?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by alfred10, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. alfred10

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    good socks and vaseline is the way to go
     

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    Are you going on a hike or a single date?
     
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    I really doubt you need a steel toe for hiking. Just adds weight.

    My current hiking/hunting shoes are Merrell brand with GorTex in them. And I like avoid hiking in rivers or streams.
     
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    in the infantry the lines can become quite blurry

    :dunno:
     
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    Sure, check out Matterhorn boots. I wore them for years in the Army. You can get them with a gortex lining to keep your feet dry and they even come with a gortex and thinsulate lining for winter wear. I never had any problems with my feet in their boots. I walked a lot of miles in them. I still have a pair that must be 15 years old by now and they still keep my feet dry.
     
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    If you're looking for a totally waterproof leather boot I don't think one exists.
     
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    I have a 15 year old pair of these that has still never let my feet get wet.

    http://www.vasque.com/vasque-shoe/7142-vasque/7142-vasque-mens-sundowner-gtx-burgandy

    I think your problem stems from trying to get a pair of boots that are "combat boot" or "work boot" style and using them for things other than what was intended. If you are going to be hiking long distances and/or walking through small streams, go for a pair of true hiking boots. Vasque, Merrell, REI, and some others (check REI's website for good brands) are all good brands to consider.

    ETA: Gore-tex is a must, as was hinted at you will not find a pair of leather boots that is completely waterproof on its own.
     
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    a boot that dries out quickly is better than being waterproof

    waterproof or not, when your more than 8" deep the foot is wet
     
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    Winner winner, Vasque Sundowner's are great. I have had several pair over the years and have yet to be disappointed. They are sold around here at Red Wing stores and other retailers, and the price is right around $100. They will last forever. I will advise you to try them on carefully as their sizing is not consistent for me. I have a pair of 12s and a pair of 13s and they are the same size. The 12s are much older, but the same model.
     
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    In my unit, I wore Jungle boots with a good pair of insoles, wool socks, and foot powder. The Matterhorns were uncomfortable IMO. I had Cocran jump boots, but they were not suitable for the field for me.
     
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    Are any of these snake resistant?
     
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    You can run real fast while screaming like a little girl in the Vasque boots... I won't tell you how I know this, but it is a fact.
     
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    I have a pair of these: http://www.merrell.com/US/en-us/Pro...en/Footwear/Filters/Mens/Outland-Mid-GORE-TEX

    and they work really well. Added some good insoles and also got some of the extra waterproofer treatment stuff for the outside just to add a little extra waterproofing and they are great. Wore them every day for a month during winter hiking around all over europe in rain and snow and never once had wet feet and they are really comfortable straight away.
     
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    That's my experience as well.

    Water resistant, good fit (no foot sliding in the boot), quality leather upper, good traction non-squeak rubber sole, cushy socks (single pair - don't double up). The ones I currently wear (some cheapie Highland Creek Back Country model) have fit the above criteria surprisingly well and were bought on sale for under $50 bucks. I'm not saying they are the highest quality (the soles are obviously glued on - no visible stitches) but they've held up to two months of daily service plenty of walking miles where other (higher quality) boots have left my feet sore. We'll see how they last. These are relatively low cut - not a "wader" style where water runs up mid calf.

    Identifying the boot "purpose" is critical to proper selection.

    Snake resistant involves a taller boot than what I've described above.
     
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    I've had pretty good luck using Gore Tex oversocks along with gaiters. I've used non-waterproof boots with that setup and my feet stay pretty darn dry (and my friends with Vasques and such have wet feet and blisters).
     
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    How do you get fitted for boots? I like the Danner USMC boots. How does Danner compare to other high end companies?
     
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    My father just purchased a real nice pair of redwing "Irish Setter" boots for upland hunting. They are leather and I believe he said they were waterproof. I really want a pair, BAD.
     
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