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Fri, Aug. 13th, 2010, 05:46 pm
algeh: Leather-free hiking boots?

I'm in the market for a nice pair of hiking boots. I've decided to get into real hiking again and tennis shoes just aren't cutting it. I'd really like to buy a leather-free pair, and I really need to try them on before committing because they have to fit my orthotics and I've found that few shoes do. I'm therefore looking for a brick-and-mortar store in Portland that would carry such a thing. I last bought a pair in the 90s at a store at Pioneer Place, but I'm guessing that there may now be better places to go (I think I bought the only pair of leather-free boots in the store - I loved them and wore them for years, though).

The other catch is that I wear a really awkward size. In women's I'm a 10WW and in men's I'm a 8EEEE. (Wearing shoes that were too narrow in the past is probably why I need orthotics now. Joy.)

Any suggestions?

Sun, Aug. 15th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)

I've had these a bit over a year. I'd say they're just okay. I do a lot of hiking, and the waterproofness only lasted a couple of hikes. But I've yet to find a better alternative.

Tue, Aug. 17th, 2010 06:12 am (UTC)

Those don't appear to come in different widths at all. :( Rats.

Sun, Aug. 22nd, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)

I would give Cobbler Bill's on SE 82nd a call to see if they have any nonleather options in trail runners or hiking boots. Cobbler Bill's is very good at finding shoes that don't hurt you, although they don't specialize in nonleather shoes.