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I wore heavier boots for years - I still have a pair of LL Bean Cresta Hikers. A couple of years ago I decided to try some trail runners, so I bought a pair of La Sportiva Wildcats. Now I wear these most of the time until there's a chance of snow or ice on trail. They're absolutely not waterproof but who cares? I wore them last year on a Bonds traverse and my feet felt great all the way to the end of the hike. If you get wet (which is as easy as stepping on some wet ground and sinking in a half-inch), because of the way they're designed, your feet will dry pretty quickly. In fact, towards the end of that Bonds traverse I purposely stepped in a stream to cool off, knowing that they'd dry out pretty quickly. As for the Presis, I'm not sure how they'd be because I haven't worn them on a trip like that. Last year when I did Jefferson I used my Cresta Hikers though...I wasn't sure I trusted them up in the Presis so they probably do have their limits.

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Since this spring all of my hiking has been done in either :
http://www.altrarunning.com/fitness/en/ ... ak-15-mens
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http://www.lunasandals.com/products/luna-oso

I've done all sorts of trails in the sandals, including Tuckerman Ravine, King Ravine, Chemin des Dames, Great Gully, Parapet Trail, Osgood Trail, Sphinx Trail, Six Husbands, Caps Ridge(in a hailstorm), North Twin Trail, Hale FWT, Webster Cliff Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail, Desolation Trail, and a few others. The scrambles above the ladders on 6H were probably the trickiest thing I encountered. Never rolled an ankle. Got out about 3-4 times a month before breaking my toe(while wearing a third, different pair of shoes)

In my uneducated opinion I think the foot needs to be able to move freely, and if you restrict or "support" that movement then the muscles don't have to work and remain weak. So boots are terrible and most trail runners aren't very good either. I have a pair of Sportiva Raptors from couple of years ago and if I put them on now they feel like combat boots. I think another problem might be people with big burly boots thinking that their foot armor allows them total indiscretion in how they take their steps. Well since going much more minimalist I'm convinced that traction and agility is more about how you apply your weight to the ground rather than the friction of the rubber under your feet.

You've heard the saying "Trust your boots."? eff that: Trust Yourself.



(It is absurd that when it is 80 degrees out and I am wearing an overpriced flip-flop and you are wearing 4 pounds of sheep and cow on your feet that I am the one who has to explain myself.)


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The running shoes I could do and have thought many times about trying them. The sandals I just couldn't. I wear them from April - Oct almost every day off trail but tried some Tevas once up Mt. Hale and couldn't stand the rocks and sticks getting under my feet. Sure would be nice at river crossings though.


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Well the good thing is those sticks and rocks come out just as easily as they go in, but maybe it's not a big deal. I wore the Altras when I descended true Flume slide in June and they just got filled with rocks and there were very few places to dump them out so I just went with it and ended up with no harm done. I have walked a couple of hundred miles in soaking wet shoes over snow and monorail and fetid pond water over the years so maybe I have built up some resilience.

The most hilarious thing was on Mt. Straightback this summer when I was picking blueberries. I felt something under my foot and tried to shake it out but couldn't. So I take off the sandal and look and it is a crushed dead yellow jacket with its stinger firmly embedded in the rubber sole. I wondered how I would feel if that bug had been rotated 180 degrees.


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