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Best All Around Shoe?!?

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1. Posted by i c e (Respected Member, 324 posts) 4 May '08 14:59

I am planning my trip to south america this summer and will be running, hiking, playing soccer, driving, standing for long hours, asking for directions in the pouring rain...ect....
Right now I think the Merrel Overdrive XCR Gortex would be the best. Any opions?

thanx,

ice

2. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru, 307 posts) 4 May '08 17:43

wow! you are demanding a lot from one set of shoes... but I definately prefer to travel light so I understand the hunt

I haven't tried the "Overdrive XCR Gortex" specifically, but I do know the pair of Merrels that I lived in for 12 months were the most comfortable and versatile shoes I have ever owned.

If you decide to go with the Overdrives, let me know how they hold up as I'll be looking for a new pair before my next trip to South America at the end of the year.

3. Posted by adamandmeg (Respected Member, 7 posts) 21 May '08 00:13

Don't go past Keens,

Once you've tried them on you wont anyway. We lived in ours for two years recently and apart from some wear on the sole and at the inside heel of the Mens pair, they have done everything. The newer versions have e-vent (like Goretex)
and they seem to be water, snow and hot sand proof. We love them.

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru, 2026 posts) 21 May '08 08:54

I took similar Merrells (not goretex ones though) as a multi-purpose shoe, and they served me well.

Bear in mind that, for hiking, they won't do for serious treks, you really need more ankle support.

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 21 May '08 09:59

These are my travel babies--Mephisto Allrounder Neros. They're very comfy, very breathable, very pretty. I've hiked up and down a really large Swiss mountain in these things and didn't get a single blister. They may not be the best for jungle-like hiking or places where you need strong ankle support, but they've served me well for years.