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April Gear Highlight: Shoes

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Hi everyone! It’s that time again, gear highlight. I’m going to be talking about the shoes I adventure (and do everything else) in. Brooks Ghost (whatever number they use this year).

I have big and wide feet and finding shoes has always been difficult, especially cute ones. One day I went to the Dick’s Sporting Goods in my area and looked for anything I could in my size. I found these and haven’t purchased another type since.

I don’t have any crazy requirements for shoes, like some do for their activities. All I need is something that fits well and gets the job done.

What I like

In the world of running/walking, these shoes are pretty basic. I don’t run, so I don’t need anything super special. They work for me and I like them enough to purchase 5 pairs in the past 5ish years. The pros include:

  • They are built for activity so they don’t fall apart as quickly as other shoes I’ve used.
  • A wide variety of sizes, including narrow, regular, and wide.
  • Lots of colors and designs to choose from (especially if you have smaller/more standard sized feet)
  • I can tie these in a way so my heels don’t slip out 🙂 Most running shoes have this option and it’s one I appreciate.
  • Fast shipping if you buy from Brooks directly

What I don’t (again, there isn’t much)

Like I said, there isn’t much to dislike about these shoes. However, there are somethings that could be improved upon. The cons include:

  • Color and design choices are slim pickings if you have big and wide feet like me. I do have more options that usual, but if more were available it’d be awesome.
  • They are a little spendy–about $120-140 depending on if you purchase at the end of the season or not. That being said, shoes are a worthwhile investment. I am not upset about what I spent for what I got.

Other thoughts

When it comes to hiking, it is suggested that hiking boots or shoes with good ankle support are used. I talked about this in one of my adventure posts from last season. It was probably something along the lines of “My chiropractor said this and after doing everything my way and being sore, I agree with him.” Which tracks tbh…

While I agree that the right shoe makes all the difference and you should wear a pair that fits your activities, do what works best for you. I tend to use my regular shoes because it’s what I’ve always done and overall I don’t have an issue. Super strenuous hikes and climbing up mountains are something I do anymore, however, I will be looking into some boots for the upcoming season.

I think my biggest reason for not already having them is sizing. They tend to run small and with feet like mine it’s hard to find something in general let alone a specialty shoe. Hiking boots can be an investment as well. All I would have to do to solve the problem is actually go into the store and try them on. Simple solution to a simple problem.

Do you have any hiking boot suggestions? What kind of shoes do you wear on your adventures? Comment below 🙂

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And as always…Be safe out there! REMEMBER YOUR MAPS AND PASSPORT STAMPS!! Seeyalaterbye <3

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