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 How Long Do Hiking Boots Last? 
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Thanks for all the replies guys. About mileage on them...I really don't know. Can't be that much. I bought them when I was really hurt, so I was just walking a mile or two on them for a long time. I just recently started to hike more aggressively...if that's what I'd call it. I was waxing them the other day when I noticed the sole separating from the boot, and thought, what the heck?! I really love these boots. Like GG said, they are so light on your feet.

Oh well....I'll try and fix them and also buy a new pair. Ya can't have enough boots, right?

Thanks again guys! :D

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Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:46 am
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My first pair of LL Bean Crestas had a few thousand miles on them before the tread started to get a tad thin. Second pair has b couple thousand now, and doing just fine.

Get a pair of a leather boots with as few seams on them as possible. Every year (or every 6 months if you like) give them a good conditioning with NikWax. 8)

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Thu Jun 12, 2014 5:48 pm
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I thought the Keens would make super comfortable around town boots, but they are pretty light duty for hiking on rocks and roots of NH. Asian made, like high cut athletic shoes with a little beefier soles. Not much structure. I would expect them to last about halfway between a pair of trail runners and a pair of hiking boots.

My biggest problem with the Keens was that the fabric upper didn't provide enough structure to keep my foot and toes from slamming forward on the downhills -- a recipe for pain and suffering.


Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:02 pm
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Which model boot did you have HWC? I have the Bryce and have had none of those problems.

http://www.keenfootwear.com/us/en/product/shoes/men/outdoor/bryce%20mid%20wp

Like I said, my favorite boot ever, and maybe the best part is on longer hikes (10+ miles) I get no blisters or even hot spots. That never happened with any of my boots before. After my last 15 mile loop in the Catskills a couple weeks ago my feet felt like they could go another 15 miles. My legs however begged to differ! :D


Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:29 pm
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I really like Keens as they have a good toebox, and have two high tops plus a pair of low-tops I use for cycling. I like a beefy boot for hiking, so rarely use them for hiking. Did use a pair for doing a Grand Canyon N. Kaibob/Bright Angel loop once though. Mostly I use the Keens for knocking around the place, walking with my wife, etc, but not on trails in the Whites or elsewhere.

I mostly now get Salomons and lately Asolos, and they tend to be high-end boots - $175-$250+ full-retail range, but never actually pay that much. I wait for closeouts, Deal-of-the-Day at STP, etc. I get about 2 years before they need to be resoled. I usually use Dave Page in Seattle, which costs about $85 including shipping. His re-sole jobs are better than the original in my experience. I also have a pair of LL Beans Cresta, which still have lots of miles left on the original sole, as they're a bit light for me, especially in the toe bumper (or lack thereof). Good boots though.

That's my experience. I should add that I usually hike twice a week, and switch over to Cabela's Avalanche boot when it gets cold.


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I really do love my KEEN boots. But, do you guys remember the EMS brand from many years ago? EMS doesn't make them anymore. Those dogs were kick ass! I still have a pair that are about 14 years old. The grip is gone, but the rest of the boot is fine. And it took a long time to wear the grip out too. They were the best IMO. I think they went for around $200. Don't quote me on that...but somewhere in that price range.

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Sat Jun 14, 2014 4:25 am
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I don't remember them. Were they any of these?

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xems+hiking+boot&_nkw=ems+hiking+boot&_sacat=0&_from=R40


Sat Jun 14, 2014 6:25 am
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Here they are GG. They look like THESE, but I don’t think those are them. These are my wife’s boots with about maybe 12 years on them. There’s no way we paid $52 for them....I only wish we did! I remember thinking….wow, those are expensive. (I was kinda new to hiking back then and didn’t know how much good boots cost). But I’m positive they cost more than that. Now that I’ve been hiking for a good amount of years, the high cost of a good boot is worth it. Look at the thread she still has, and the good condition they’re still in. Mine don’t look as good as hers…but like I said, I can still and do still use them during the winter when I put on micros.

IMO….these were the best boot around! The people at EMS even told me that people come in still to this day asking for them. I don’t know why they stopped making them,.

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They probably stopped making them because if they never wear out thell never sell more boots! :D

I'm sure you paid more too when they were new. If you really like them, need new boots and happen to be a size 11 this might be your last best chance to pick up a pair! :D


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I think I'll take a pass on the old smelly boots GG. :lol:
My wife's are still good. Me...I don't care. I'll get another pair.
I don't mind spending $$ on boots. They're very important.
It's Fathers Day. I should be getting 2 EMS cards from my kids.
:D "YES"! :D

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keyz:

Your wife's EMS boots look like the LLBean Cresta Hikers. Basic all leather classic hiking boot, made by an Italian company called AKU. They make some of their boots in Italy. Some in Romania.

I have two pair of Cresta Hikers. Never had a blister or hot spot with either of them, even wearing them straight out of the box.

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GG:

I think the Keen I had home to wear around was the Targhee II. Mid-height. Keen's waterproof/breathable liner. I had the Cresta Hikers to try at the same time.


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I have a pair of merrills that's I think are great, I estimate about 300 ish miles on them, varying terrain from local conservation areas, blue hills and the whites.
ive recommended them to a few people who are very happy with them..
I plan of getting a new pair by seasons end. hopefully gg just had a random bad pair rater than me having a random good pair

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I really can't estimate the mileage on my KEENS, but they sucked yesterday walking through small brooks. That opening between the sole and boot is letting water in. I'll try that "Shoe Goo"...or what ever that stuff was, but I'm buying a new pair of boots tomorrow at EMS. I have 2 gift cards that I was gonna use for a GPS, but I think boots are more important now.

Any suggestions on a GOOD brand boot? :?

Ray wrote:
I have a pair of merrills that's I think are great,

I have Merrill low tops that I love. But I need a high top boot so I don't bang my ankles too much. I'm really pissed about the other boots breaking down so fast. You guys know the kind of hiking I do...they're only about 2 years old. What a bummer!

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I bought new boots yesterday. I was ready to dump at least $200 or more down on a new pair, but I tried a few on….the KEEN boots felt the most comfortable on my feet and don’t need to be broken in. I have a double wide foot size, so I’m kind of limited to my choices. The KEENS were $130, but I did see a really nice pair for $235. The thing is, they were very stiff and the bottoms weren’t soft enough for rock skipping across brooks. They also hurt my feet. The young lady helping me at the boot area told me, with the more expensive boots, that hurt because it takes time to break them in, I could get about 4 years. The KEENS, that were comfortable, and cheaper in price, would only last about 2 years. So if you add the whole thing up, I have to buy new boots about every 2 years. But it still comes out to the same cost if I bought the more expensive ones.
2 years at $130, vs 4 years at $235. So it equals out in price.

Thank you EMS workers for your time and help!

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Old KEENS. You can see the split of the sole and boot. (2 years old)

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While pictures can be deceiving, the sole separation on your old boots doesn't look too bad. You might consider either some Shoe Goo or if you have a tube of silcone caulk/sealant - inject that into the crack, let it "set up" for a short period of time, and then use a big C-clamp to hold both sides together for a day or two. You might get a bit more hiking life out of the old ones.


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