/ Approach shoe guidance
Hello everybody - I am a forestry consultant, walking miles every day on uneven and rough terrains, and i therefore live in Meindl B1 type boots which are superb for my arthritic foot due to the very stiff sole. Unfortunatley I can't always wear these boots and so i wish to get a pair of walking shoes or similar to wear in warmer weather, the office and outside of work and research tells me an approach shoe is my best bet? Therefore can anyone advise on a good shoe or shoes with these stiff soles as the description rarely tells you about the sole stiffness? Being waterproof whilst not essential would be an advantage. Many thanks in advance. Ross
Don't Meindl also make shoes? Would seem like an obvious starting point, as you like their boots so much. Other than that it's the usual answer concerning footwear - try some on and see which suit your feet best. I like my current 5.10 tennies but I wouldn't say they were super-stiff (at least, not once broken in - I remember they felt fairly 'clompy' when box-fresh)
Go to decent bootfitter and take their advice, I'd suggest
I love my five ten tennies but I'm not sure whether they're durable enough for the OP's purposes. Might something like a Salomon X GTX trail shoe be a better alternative? They'll keep your feet dry at the very least.
I think you might be better off with 'walking shoes which are likely to have stiffer soles. I got some own brand ones from gooutdoors which are pretty good. Like walking boots but shoe height. Not cheap but cheaper than some approach shoes. Vibrant soles but the unfortunately the rubber is too hard so in the wet on slick surfaces they are all over the place.
I second the Scarpa Zen’s, and my go to big boot is my trusty Meindl Bhutan’s.
The zen’s sole is thick, and has a reinforced horseshoe shaped sole rubber which is good for stepping up on smaller edges. They work well with the kahtoola microspikes if hard packed ice is an issue.
The Haglofs Vertical II is pretty solid and of heavy construction - I have a pair that get heavy use here in NZ, and the midsole is stiff (and can be used with a heavy pack). Not cheap but often available on discount. I have been very happy with mine, and suspect we have quite similar requirements.
I have some Meidl shoes that are pretty tough and waterproof. They might suit you - I would not want to do a big day in them. You might want to consider a pair of trail running shoes also where a long day or much more practical – although the latest colour scheme may make them less suitable for a work situation.
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