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Re: Hiking Boot recommendations?

Bumping this as it's the most recent thread I can find on hiking boots. I need some good boots but I have struggled to find something that fits here. I've tried in the usual suspect stores such as Dosenbach and Ochsner Sport, but the boots are either too small or too large. Can anyone recommend stores/brands with boots that come in half sizes? I'm in the Bern area

I do like natural trails but I don't do overly adventurous. I don't need crampons or anything. I definitely need good support, preferably with room to insert custom orthotics and to allow for swelling. I prefer lightweight since boots already take up a fair amount of space in luggage.

What is a fair price to pay for a good boot? Is there anything else I should watch for or consider? I haven't owned hiking boots in years so I am sure technology has changed over time.
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Old 13.06.2021, 19:49
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What is a fair price to pay for a good boot? Is there anything else I should watch for or consider? I haven't owned hiking boots in years so I am sure technology has changed over time.
In the U.K. I always got Goretex-lined boots and walking shoes to keep my feet dry.
Here, I find these sorts of boots to hot to wear most of the time.

Hiking footwear here can be incredibly expensive.

Do you have wide or narrow feet? That can make a big difference to which manufacturer you choose.

Personally, for what you describe, I wouldn't pay more than around CHF 100.

The following place is mail order but it will give you some sort of idea of price, style, choice.

Yo state that you wanted a half size. It may make a big difference to you but unless the boots are too small, just tightening the laces a bit more would make a difference for a slightly larger pair.
I say this as at one point, I owned the same Asic running shoes in three different sizes at the same time (I bought some in the U.S) and even running marathons, it wasn't really a problem that I noticed.
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Old 13.06.2021, 19:57
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Re: Hiking Boot recommendations?

Thanks for the link! Unfortunately I have one foot that's rather narrow and the other kind of wide thanks to an old surgery. One is also a smidge longer than the other. Finding shoes is that fit properly and comfortably always a pain. But I've decided I can't keep hiking in tennis shoes so I need to start looking for when I'm allowed to hike again.
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Re: Hiking Boot recommendations?

Transa, is specialist for mountain sports, have shops in many places, including Bern. In my opinion they are expensive. You get discount, if you are member of SAC.
Bächli Bergsport often have better prices especially in outlet, but not necessary. They also have shop in Bern.
Decathlon has a lot of stuff for lower price, usually more entry level quality but not necessary bad.
I am sure there are many other shops close to you, hiking is Swiss national activity.


Hiking boots can range from trail running to ascending Mt.Everest (almost) get an idea what you want before you go buying.
Try them at the end of the day (swollen feet), with the socks you are going to use when hiking.

Try different models, listen to the seller, but decide for yourself.

Usually companies have very different basic shape, i.e. LaSportiva have narrow, USA brands more wide shape etc, so it is better buying in shops where you can try different models.
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Old 13.06.2021, 23:04
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Re: Hiking Boot recommendations?

Your first decision is whether you want low-cut (below the ankle) or high-cut (above the ankle). If you want good support, in general high cut is a big plus, especially in uneven terrain. In your case, having ankle support would give you more freedom to work with insoles and helps compensate for your uneven feet by making a wider shoe more stable.

But if you prioritize lightness, then low-cut is better.


Compare in the store, you will see the difference especially if the store has stairs or a terrain mockup.


The price difference is not that big. For instance, a popular model, the Lowa Renegade, retails for CHF 209 in low-cut and CHF 239 in high-cut. (These are SportXX prices, though these may be available cheaper as explained elsewhere in the thread, and there are look-alikes that are even cheaper.)


This thread also contains some information: https://www.englishforum.ch/daily-li...ing-shoes.html
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Old 13.06.2021, 23:28
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Thanks for the link! Unfortunately I have one foot that's rather narrow and the other kind of wide thanks to an old surgery. One is also a smidge longer than the other. Finding shoes is that fit properly and comfortably always a pain. But I've decided I can't keep hiking in tennis shoes so I need to start looking for when I'm allowed to hike again.
As narrow foot guy I can recommend Salomon. There's a model which has the relatively soft materials of a tennis shoe but high ankle. Eventually, you'll tame the shoes to your particular foot shape. I have flat feet and it takes 2-3 weeks to shape them. For some time the model was named Wings whatever, I think now it's X-Ultra mid. There's an outlet in Schönenwerd.
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Re: Hiking Boot recommendations?

In your situation I would go to a shop and ask support to find the right boot. I would think that if you want GT and over the ankle, a decent boot should be about 200-250. They will last a long time.

Under the ankle I quite like Scarpa and they come in mid size. Zalando has a decent few in GT and you can order a few sizes and send back what you don't need.

(If You are only going for 1 pair then I suggest over the ankle as it sorts you for all sorts of terrains etc)
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Thanks for the link! Unfortunately I have one foot that's rather narrow and the other kind of wide thanks to an old surgery. One is also a smidge longer than the other. Finding shoes is that fit properly and comfortably always a pain. But I've decided I can't keep hiking in tennis shoes so I need to start looking for when I'm allowed to hike again.
Hiking in... tennis shoes? LOL 3Wishes, come on that is terrible.

For hiking shoes you generally cannot go wrong Salomon (usually best price/performance), Lowa (usualla win most tests) and Merrell (known for being super comfortable).

I would go to Ochsner Sport and spend an hour trying as many brands on as you can to see what fits your foot.
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Old 14.06.2021, 12:43
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Hiking in... tennis shoes? LOL 3Wishes, come on that is terrible.
It is, and I learnt a very hard and painful lesson which continues to this day.

For those reading who like to hike but don't yet have hiking boots, please start doing some homework like I am so you have the proper gear.

Thanks for all the links and tips so far, very much appreciated.
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Old 14.06.2021, 13:38
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Thanks for the link! Unfortunately I have one foot that's rather narrow and the other kind of wide thanks to an old surgery. One is also a smidge longer than the other. Finding shoes is that fit properly and comfortably always a pain. But I've decided I can't keep hiking in tennis shoes so I need to start looking for when I'm allowed to hike again.
May have to buy 2 pairs. One for the left and the other for the right. Otherwise go to your doctor who will prescribe you to an orthopedic shop courtesy of your med insurance.
As for what boots, I still go with leather if possible and that yellow Vibram emblem on the sole is still critical IMO.
As for brands look here: https://www.srf.ch/sendungen/kassens...erzeugen-wenig

As for shops in Bern:
https://www.baechli-bergsport.ch/de/Filialen.htm
https://www.transa.ch/filialen/bern/
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May have to buy 2 pairs. One for the left and the other for the right. Otherwise go to your doctor who will prescribe you to an orthopedic shop courtesy of your med insurance.
Insoles might be a cheaper option than two pairs of boots. if you get good advice either in the shop or via your doctor, you can also buy insoles so they support your arch. It makes a huge difference.
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Re: Hiking Boot recommendations?

I love my Salomon boots and will be getting another pair to bring with me to Switzerland.
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Re: Hiking Boot recommendations?

As mentioned by others, Bächli and Transa are both good shops. Someone mentioned the Lowa Renegade, which I think is a good option for mountain hiking on paths: not too expensive, not too heavy, but still enough ankle support. I did the Tour du Mont Blanc with a pair of these and they were perfectly up to the job.
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Re: Hiking Boot recommendations?

Another nice feature of the Lowa Renegade is that it comes in both narrow and wide.

In general, a good store will have as many widths in stock as exist for whatever model they offer, will start by sizing each foot, and swill spontaneously discuss the width options accordingly. If you do not already have your own insoles, also look at what they have in stock. The choices and prices for insoles vary widely, and shoes like the Renegade are actually so flexible that they work smoothly with the default soft insole, but I would doubt the expertise of a store that sell harder hiking shoes and does not carry insoles.

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Another nice feature of the Lowa Renegade is that it comes in both narrow and wide.

In general, a good store will have as many widths in stock as exist for whatever model they offer, will start by sizing each foot, and swill spontaneously discuss the width options accordingly. If you do not already have your own insoles, also look at what they have in stock. The choices and prices for insoles vary widely, and shoes like the Renegade are actually so flexible that they work smoothly with the default soft insole, but I would doubt the expertise of a store that sell harder hiking shoes and does not carry insoles.
Thanks. The surgeon has said he'll prescribe insoles at some point later this year but for now there's no point as the foot is still changing.

I was a bit impulsive and after browsing the sites shown above I've ordered a pair of Jack Wolfskin boots that were half price (98 instead of 200). Maybe it's dumb and too early but I want to start to try something. If they don't work out then I can always return.
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Thanks. The surgeon has said he'll prescribe insoles at some point later this year but for now there's no point as the foot is still changing.

I was a bit impulsive and after browsing the sites shown above I've ordered a pair of Jack Wolfskin boots that were half price (98 instead of 200). Maybe it's dumb and too early but I want to start to try something. If they don't work out then I can always return.
You didn't even go to a store and try any on before buying? Sigh.

Buying blind online is certainly not wise, especially considering you seem to have genuine foot problems, but if saving a few bucks is that important then hopefully you will get lucky and they fit well.

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You didn't even go to a store and try any on before buying? Sigh.

Buying blind online is certainly not wise, especially considering you seem to have genuine foot problems, but if saving a few bucks is that important then hopefully you will get lucky and they fit well.
You're right, of course. I'm just fed up with not being able to do anything and getting kind of restless.
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As mentioned by others, Bächli and Transa are both good shops. Someone mentioned the Lowa Renegade, which I think is a good option for mountain hiking on paths: not too expensive, not too heavy, but still enough ankle support. I did the Tour du Mont Blanc with a pair of these and they were perfectly up to the job.
Good effort.

My sister did the Tour du Mont Blanc a couple of years ago but she did it a bit early in the season so some steep bits were quite icy!
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Thanks. The surgeon has said he'll prescribe insoles at some point later this year but for now there's no point as the foot is still changing.

I was a bit impulsive and after browsing the sites shown above I've ordered a pair of Jack Wolfskin boots that were half price (98 instead of 200). Maybe it's dumb and too early but I want to start to try something. If they don't work out then I can always return.
Then be sure they fit before venturing out and about. Once you leave the house, assume they can't be returned.
So, wear em around the house as long as possible. If you have stairs use em to the max. And keep the box.
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Thanks. The surgeon has said he'll prescribe insoles at some point later this year but for now there's no point as the foot is still changing.

I was a bit impulsive and after browsing the sites shown above I've ordered a pair of Jack Wolfskin boots that were half price (98 instead of 200). Maybe it's dumb and too early but I want to start to try something. If they don't work out then I can always return.
It is really worth going in and trying on different boots. What looks nice might feel awful. In addition, some of those sales clerks have enough experience and knowledge to steer in you in the right direction regarding best fit, best boots and etc.

I bought my last pair at Tschümperlin years ago and have been highly satisfied with their durability. I'd rather pay more now and be satisfied with the fit than pay less and grumble about the boots.
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