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Footwear for trekking / trails / general use

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1. Posted by Gurp007 (Budding Member 13 posts) 7y

I will be going backpacking around central and south america for 7 months in September and am looking at footwear to take with me.

I am taking 1 pair of flip-flops which are very comfy to wear during the day when warm. I will also be taking 1 pair of casual trainers that are nice enough to wear out in evenings. Both sets are light.

I am looking to take 1 final pair of trainers, which I will be able to use when doing trekking/trails (such as the inca trail), and general walking trails etc that I may come across on my journey. I have narrowed it down to two pairs of trainers, but do not know which one I should go for. I quite like the fact that the 2nd one is more casual but the 1st one seems to be more geared for trekking. Will the 2nd one be ok for trails/trekking or should I just go with the 1st pair?

(1) Timberland Men's Mountain Athletics® All Mountain Inferno Low with Gore-Tex® membrane
http://www.timberlandonline.co.uk/on/demandware.store/Sites-TBLGB-Site/default/Search-Show?cgid=men_footwear&psortb1=category-pos_men_footwear&pid=PS_mnsroute3a&start=12&source=search&color=827

(2) Timberland Men's Mountain Athletics® Route Racer with Gore-Tex® membrane
http://www.timberlandonline.co.uk/on/demandware.store/Sites-TBLGB-Site/default/Search-Show?cgid=men_footwear&psortb1=category-pos_men_footwear&pid=PS_mnsroute&start=13&source=search&color=827

Any help / advice you can give will be welcome, thanks!! ;)

2. Posted by swgdesign (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

What I would do if I was you would be to ditch your normal trainers and go for a walking shoe/trainer such as the following types...

http://www.itchyfeet.com/product_info.php?products_id=7751 - I'm buying a pair of these for trails and climbing a few peaks.

http://www.itchyfeet.com/product_info.php?products_id=7751

This means you can then take a proper pair of shoes for smart dress and you still have footwear for running and climbing trails etc.

Simon :)

3. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 7y

Buy the best pair of hikers you can afford, the Inca trail is rugged. Agree with 'swgdesign' ditch other trainers. We recently did 4 month RTW, took pair black crocs(I hate them too but they are light and comfy and good in the wet) and an excellent pair AKU hiking boots bought is sale for £50!

We found no occassion for 'smart shoes' during our stay in sth america, depends what you plan to do.

Also if you are a bloke, shoes take up a lot of room due to size, never mind the weight.