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#406870 - 01/06/15 08:24 PM Shoes.
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I have mostly worn North Face Hedgehog GTX shoes for my fast multi day trips. They have served me well until last year, when they changed them for a lighter upper giving less support than previous versions. They also didn't feel the same under foot.
I have been hoping that they would change them again for 2015 and go back to the more supportive type.
Well they've really confused me now by bringing in a whole range of Hedgehogs. However they are looking like their old self again. Now which ones to get?
http://www.thenorthface.co.uk/tnf-uk-en/p110088.html

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#406871 - 01/06/15 11:22 PM Re: Shoes. [Re: Slogger]
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The only times I've had Gortex shoes - or any 'waterproof' membrane, has been a disaster - feet need to breathe more than is allowed for by these 'wonder materials' IMO. Result: hot sweaty feet - perfect recipe for blisters...
Far better value HERE for walking only (better Gortex options too if you really must)
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#406874 - 02/06/15 06:18 PM Re: Shoes. [Re: Slogger]
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They do like to confuse dont they ? I may try a pair but am currently trying the non gortex Brookes Cascadias I mentioned before and so far im very impressed.

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#406875 - 02/06/15 08:07 PM Re: Shoes. [Re: Slogger]
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Hi Mick and Les. More food for thought then!!
I haven't seen the New Balance walking shoes before, look to be well made and I know from my running days they usually give a comfortable fit. Will have to check them out.
Les, Brooks Cascadia also look good, i have always been impressed by Brooks and have had several excellent pairs of road running shoes in the past.
My main requirements for a shoe are a wide and deep toe box, good cushioning and a good grippy sole.
Dave.

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#406876 - 03/06/15 10:33 AM Re: Shoes. [Re: Slogger]
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I've had New Balance running shoes for a while. Excellent. So impressed I bought a pair of New Balance boots (1569).

A bit more substantial than shoes and with a Gore-Tex lining, but the fit seems spot on. I have feet like a duck and I've always found it hard to get footwaer that fits. Until now!

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#406878 - 03/06/15 12:27 PM Re: Shoes. [Re: DodgeyKnee]
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shake dat booty...
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014...-balance-flimby
I think they only make the retro styles at Flimby though...
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#406880 - 03/06/15 12:48 PM Re: Shoes. [Re: Slogger]
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When I am in the Lakes I normally go to their factory shop and pick up a few pairs of trainers really cheap. As others have said their width fitting is wider than most I have tried so they are ideal for me.
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#406881 - 03/06/15 04:29 PM Re: Shoes. [Re: Harland]
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Originally Posted By: Harland
When I am in the Lakes I normally go to their factory shop and pick up a few pairs of trainers really cheap. As others have said their width fitting is wider than most I have tried so they are ideal for me.


Is that that shop in Shap, or that shop in Keswick?
Dave.

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#406882 - 03/06/15 05:32 PM Re: Shoes. [Re: Slogger]
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I go to the actual shop in Flimby. I think that they have more shoes/boots there as I believe it is near the actual factory. They disappear round the back and seem to find some that fit me and I have BIG feet size 11/12! If they put the wrong soles on a pair of trainers or there is a bit of glue on the uppers they sell them really cheap about 10/15 from memory although the last time was about 4 years ago. Definitely worth going there if you are in the area. Clearly they have others that are correct in every way but I think that they still sell them really cheap compared to normal shop prices.

They are in an industrial area, the address is:-

Saint Helens Lane, Flimby, Maryport, Cumbria CA15 8RX
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