It’s time to retire my hiking boots…

I’ve had these hiking boots for about a year and a
They were a necessity, and I’m so
glad I purchased them!
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I’ve put a lot of miles on these hiking boots:  In the past year I’ve climbed 35 unique
14ers, but I’ve done over 100 hikes wearing these boots, most averaging around
10 miles each.
  That’s a lot of mileage
to get out of a pair of shoes!
   So while I’m a bit upset these boots only
lasted a year and a half, I got great use out of them.
  Most of the tread has worn off the bottom,
and they don’t grasp like they should.
slipping on the trail again :/

Up until recently they were completely water proof.  I could cross streams without worrying about
my feet getting wet.
  It was awesome! However,
recently they’ve begun to show their wear.
They have several holes both on the shoe itself and on the rubber
  That doesn’t help much with water,
not to mention snow and little rocks.
The past few hikes I’ve been on I’ve had lots of sand and rocks to dump out
at the end, and since my fingers have been frozen I wasn’t able to take the
rocks out earlier, translating into sore feet.

They were a bit of an impulse buy, and I paid more for them
than I should have:   
I found the same pair online for half the
price at several other retailers.
really made me upset, but now I know better:
I found a great Christmas deal and ordered the exact same pair, so now I
have time to work them in before hiking season begins again!

Author: Laura M Clark

Laura has summited over 500 peaks above 13,000' solo, including being the first woman to solo summit all of the Colorado 14ers, as well as the centennials. After each hike, she writes trip reports for each one and publishes them on her blog, which is read by fans all over the world. Author of Wild Wanderer: Summiting Colorado’s 200 Highest Peaks, which is available to purchase on Amazon.

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