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I have been researching footwear for survival and general use. Ive settled on hiking boots and from what ive read its best to have lots of ankle support. I cant seem to find any hike boots that are taller than mid hight. Am I missing something here or will mid heights be enough ?
 

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The FIRST thing to think about with hiking boots is that they fit like your skin or even better than your skin if you can find them WITHOUT feeling tight or rubbing at any place on your feet.

Your best bet would be to thing a walking or camping specialist store and try out a wide range of boots to find the ones that fit best while you are walking back and forward, if you can try them on some stairs as well.

The second thing is to IGNORE the price. I am on a LOW wage (under £250 per week) and I pay well over £100 per pair because I have found boots that are a second skin and come up above the ankle.

Lastly I would just suggest that when you find a pair that works lay in a stock of 2-3 or more extra pairs that way even if they stop making that type of boot you wont have to go looking for replacements for a few years.
 

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I know that this may seem bias as I have had to wear them for a long time now but when I was in Afghanistan I wore a boot named Rockies. They have amazing tread on the under sole and on the side to dig deep into whatever it is your are walking running or climbing through. The boot tops touch the bottom of my calf muscle and have some of the best ankle support I have ever seen. I full year use of them wearing them for 12-16 hours a day for a full year finally wore the treads flat but that was harsh every single day use in the mountains of rocky Afghanistan...

If there are any others out there that have had these boots please tell him what you think of them if they are good or not and if you dont mind shoot me a mail as to your thoughts on them as well.. As for the price for these they go about 150-170 USD i believe could be a little more or less...

Hope this helps.
 

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Yes, those Rockies are awesome, I tried on some, and couldn't get an exact fit, so all I can say is that in the store they were very light and had a very "bubblegum"like awesome tread. I settled on Underarmor Featherweights, and still love that pair of boots. My size 11's weighed less than my fiances size 7 magnums. And, like any of the veterans on this site will tell you, your feet are very important. Once being a 416 pound man, I know how critical feet and propper treatment/care is. Also, even though your looking at spending 150-200 dollars, most top brand boot manufacturers will have a one year warranty. hope my three cents worth helps.
As for finding width, I highly suggest you go to a wellknown dealer or supply, and try on everything close, like someone said "they have to be a great fit", so i wouldn't try mailorder until you knew you had the perfect size, then you can slowly save up and order the exact same boot next time..
 

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Thanks for the link! Those are the boots I've had recommended to me by several service members but none every knew 'what they were'. I know its the same because of the Vibram soles and look.

I would also like to suggest, if you DON"T need the ankle support, vibram trail shoes. I have a pair of new balance shoes with vibram soles and they are AMAZING. I run a dozen miles a week in them and they can go right off road, up rocky hills, through creeks, etc. They are light and after you get used to them, the zero drop/barefoot design takes a couple of leg muscle painful weeks to get used to, they are great for everything.

The only drawbacks is they are very light, so I wouldn't want to wear them for too long in deep snow, and they don't have any ankle support. For me and my AO I much prefer the light weight and versatility of the shoes and sacrifice the ankle support.

Here are the shoes that I fell in love with New Balance Minimus MT20OR Trail Barefoot Trainer although when I bought them they were on sale for less than half the current price.
 
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