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Walking Boots?

Travel Forums General Talk Walking Boots?

1. Posted by JennyCook (Full Member 95 posts) 11y

Do i need them or not?

How easy is it to get walking boots in other countries? I'm heading to Nepal at the end of my trip, so i don't particularly fancy lugging round my boots for six months if i know i can get some out there.

Also i have a pair of active sandals and wondered whether these would be good enough for short treks in thailand or vietnam.

I've just packed my rucksack and i'm trying to see if i can lose anymore items from it!

Cheers guys.

2. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 301 posts) 11y

well are you going to be trekking in the mountains or anything like that??
Personally i wouldnt risk it on getting some out there if i'm thinking of trekking, at least you know what you pay for over here is going to be good quality kit.

3. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

well for me i live in my hiking boots, i even have them on at the moment , i work in office, but hey they're the most comfortable shoes i own and for travelling i haven't been anywhere for any long period of time, i was in Egypt for a month and i only stopped wearing them for the last few days in Dahab ( they didn't go with a bikini )... but for me as i don't drive i tend to walk most places if possible so i like to be prepared....

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

On that note, I'm buying some new hiking boots - i had a really old pair for years and they're falling apart now, so can anyone recommend a good brand?

5. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

I think it depends on the shop you buy them, once they fit properly you should be okay, I'm currently wearing Berghaus ones, i've lived in them so to speak for 2 years and still going, emmm they were about €135 in a sale...... i got them for a bit less because i bought the backpack at the same time and asked for a discount !!

6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

right i better write that down or Ill forget it.....

7. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 301 posts) 11y

there is a huge variation of boots out there. You can go really extreme for hard trakking or cheaper, i got Brasher ones, cost me 89.99 GBP.
So so comfy. Just go to a good outdoor shop, they should have loads of different ones.

8. Posted by eve3981 (Full Member 34 posts) 11y

Not a great idea breaking in new hiking boots in Nepal (even if you can get them out there!). I fly in my boots to save space and to avoid loosing them in transit. I totally understand your concerns, but would recommend taking your own boots. They are better than sandals as the leeches cannot get a grip on you!
Enjoy your trip.
PS for the other person asking about brands of boots
1. Brasher Hillmaster
2. Berghaus
Both are pricey but sore feet ruin an otherwise wonderful holiday

9. Posted by JennyCook (Full Member 95 posts) 11y

Cheers guys, i thought that would be the case. oh well, i guess i'll wear them!

I repacked my bag again last night and it's shrunk a lot, so i guess i've got the room to take them. I think i must've emptied my pack and repacked it with half as much about four times already now! i best not do it again too much before i leave as i'm pretty sure i'm down to the basic essentials now!