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Old 03-21-11, 01:56 AM
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Lightweight Hiking / Running Shoes

I wear clip-on shoes or sandals when touring, which is fine when I'm on the bike, but when I get off to do some sightseeing in town or hiking in the country (nothing too long), they're rather uncomfortable. I've been considering the purchase of some lightweight hiking / running shoes to take along with me.

The New Balance MT101 and Minimus Trail shoes were recommended on a lightweight backpacking site, but I've since learned some nasty things about the way NB treats their workers in China, so I'd like to find something similar made by a more enlightened company.

Any suggestions? I want something light and fast-drying.
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This is a very cool water shoe, designed for fishing. I don't own a pair, but would imagine they are fairly light. Sorry, I'm not at all familiar with how Columbia treats their people.

https://www.columbia.com/Men%27s-Drai...efault,pd.html

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I have recently discovered Keen shoes. They make riding shoes and off-bike shoes. I have a pair of their Commuter II riding sandals. So far, they seem very nice for both riding and walking. I just ordered a pair of McKenzies for off-bike wear.
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Search "Keen" at Zappos.com

There are at least 2 models that are 8 oz., which is what the WT101 weighs.

BTW...Wishing I was in Seveilla. Did a 7 week tour of Andalucia, starting/ending in Sevilla, back in '00. Loved it.
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If you're feeling cheap and don't mind shoes that sort of look like socks, check out Feiyue karate shoes. They're super light - just canvas and light foamy rubber.

They're only $15, some people use them for barefoot running. Popular among workers in China.

Like most super-light shoes, they wear-down a little faster than average
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I believe their labor practices were expose'd in 2006, they have likely improved by now. I agree with the idea of avoiding purchases from a company with bad labor practices, but I'm not sure how to find info that is current or more reliable than Internet Innuendo.

Anyway, it depends on how intensely you want to shave bulk and/or weight. You could go for a pair of Vibram Five Fingers, though you need to get used to them before walking extensively on them.

Otherwise, you can head over to your local shoe shop and pick out a lightweight pair of sneakers. IMO they really are almost all the same, the only difference is whether it fits you.
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Old 03-22-11, 09:03 PM
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Thanks to everyone for the suggestions.

@Indifabz: Wow, a seven-week tour of Andalusia! Sounds fab! Did you follow the TransAndalus route?

Seville has undergone a transformation since you were here. We now have 120 kilometers of bike paths crisscrossing the city and thousand of people now commute by bike. Hope you can make it back some day.
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I have a personal love for La Sportiva Wildcats. They are very lightweight, breathe crazy good, and are the most comfortable shoes I have owned. They also look like space age dork sneakers, although this gets better when they've been used some. They're also not unusually expensive. They are about 4 grams heavier than those new balance shoes, though. I think they have more padding (like a traditional runner), and are possibly stiffer around the heel, from the looks of them. They look cool though, although I've found shoes that work well for me and will likely stick with them. I do destroy them every year or two, but that probably has to do with hiking all summer with heavy packs and then using them the rest of the year around town, hiking, and more backpacking.

I'm a weirdo in that, after several years using heavy traditional hiking boots, I find that I strongly prefer very lightly built trail runners for backpacking, even with very heavy (up to 75 lb) packs. However, I have funny feet (they're flat, and I use custom orthotics) and possibly as a result I do not roll my ankles

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I have Nike Free 5.0s. They have different styles in the Free lineup as well. They were created to emulate being barefoot but look like regular shoes. My size 9 Free 5.0s weigh 8.5 ounces for the pair. I love them. The heel cup is soft as well so the entire shoe can be smashed down flat for easier packing.
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Originally Posted by phughes
I have Nike Free 5.0s. They have different styles in the Free lineup as well. They were created to emulate being barefoot but look like regular shoes. My size 9 Free 5.0s weigh 8.5 ounces for the pair. I love them. The heel cup is soft as well so the entire shoe can be smashed down flat for easier packing.
My friend has a pair of these but they fell apart really fast. If you want something that lasts I'd be reading up on reviews for the latest versions
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Originally Posted by Ekdog
Thanks to everyone for the suggestions.

@Indifabz: Wow, a seven-week tour of Andalusia! Sounds fab! Did you follow the TransAndalus route?

Seville has undergone a transformation since you were here. We now have 120 kilometers of bike paths crisscrossing the city and thousand of people now commute by bike. Hope you can make it back some day.
Made my own route using the Michellin map and The Rough Guide to Andalucia. Headed up to Aracena and then acorss the Sierra Morens eventually to Cordoba. Then Andujar, Baena, Cazzorla, Pozo Alcon, Velez Blanco and Mojacar on the coast. After a forray into the headwinds of the Tabernas Desert, I went back down to the coast east of Almeria and stayed there until Torre del Mar and then headed inland to Vinuela, Antequera, Ardales, Ronda (via Puerto del Viento), Ubrique Arcos and then back to Sevilla.

Had some bad weather that slowed me down. The climate and campground in Cordoba were so nice that I ended up hanging there for 4 days. I wanted to ride in the Alpujarras, but it was very cold and wet when I was near there, and I would have ended up in Granada (which I had already seen a few years earlier) during Semana Santa without any reservations, which my book suggested would be a bad idea. Ended up sepnding 4 days of that week in Ronda until things returned to normal. When I got home, I was craving jamon and goat cheese for weeks.
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Originally Posted by Pukeskywalker
My friend has a pair of these but they fell apart really fast. If you want something that lasts I'd be reading up on reviews for the latest versions
I've had my current pair for a year and they are still in great shape, other than the wear on the soles from the running mileage. If your friend had a pair fall apart so quickly he had a defective pair and should return them. I've had nothing but good luck with them.
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Stoker and I use Goretex trail runners for bike touring, day hiking, and backpacking. Ours weigh 20 oz./pair, but they are very comfortable, look to last a long time, do everything, and keep our feet dry. We use compression straps to make them smaller for pannier storage.
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I'm looking at the Merrell Trail Glove, True Glove or Tough Glove line for some shoes I can use to run/trail run, or carry on tour.

Minimalist, decent looking, <7 oz. I'm going to go try some on tonight.
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Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe
I believe their labor practices were expose'd in 2006, they have likely improved by now. I agree with the idea of avoiding purchases from a company with bad labor practices, but I'm not sure how to find info that is current or more reliable than Internet Innuendo.
There are some custom bootmakers out there. One man shops. I would presume they have reasonable labor practices. Of course you pay a premium.

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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Made my own route using the Michellin map and The Rough Guide to Andalucia. Headed up to Aracena and then acorss the Sierra Morens eventually to Cordoba. Then Andujar, Baena, Cazzorla, Pozo Alcon, Velez Blanco and Mojacar on the coast. After a forray into the headwinds of the Tabernas Desert, I went back down to the coast east of Almeria and stayed there until Torre del Mar and then headed inland to Vinuela, Antequera, Ardales, Ronda (via Puerto del Viento), Ubrique Arcos and then back to Sevilla.

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That's quite a tour! If I ever get the time...
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There are numerous lightweight minimalist trail shoes popping up these days similar to the MT101s. Merrill Trail Glove got pretty good reviews by the Runblogger. Also look at Innov-8 and GoLite as well. There is always the Vibram Five Fingers too. I personally have the NB MT101 for trailrunning, got them on right now as a matter of fact, and they are great minimalist trailrunners. Too bad about the treatment of their workers.
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