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By Troy Russell
From Fenton, MI
Jan 25, 2013
Me at Peabody's orchard.
I've got a pair of La Sportiva Evo mountaineering boots, and have enjoyed them thus far. I'm curious if it's advisable to wear these while hiking.

I've tried walking around in them roughly a couple miles or so, and after a while they begin to hurt my feet. I don't know if my feet are used to the flat/rigidness of the boots, or if I should add some sort of sole protection.

Do regular hikers/climbers use these boots while hiking (mountains or not)? If so, do regulars use sole inserts for comfort?

Any comments would be great.

Thanks

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By seth0687
From Fort Collins
Jan 25, 2013
Leading the first ice pitch of the NW Gully-Thatchtop
Hey,

I have the Trango S Evo GTX's and the Trango Extremes. The S Evo's are my go to boot for all of the 14ers I have done. I also normally use these on day hikes when I don't feel like using trail runners. I personally am infatuated with Sportiva footwear as it fits my feet perfectly. But, with that being said, I recently tried out the Sole insoles (Ed Viesturs Edition).

rei.com/product/721632/sole-ed...

I originally bought the insoles for my work boots (have to stand all day at work), and since have purchased another pair of insoles to rotate in all my climbing boots/ski boots. So far I have nothing but great things to say about the Sole Insoles, but one consideration I have come up against is that the insole adds a good amount of height to the foot bed which may not work with heavy socks...foot size dependent of course. The insoles are about 40ish dollars and The pair I use for work I have had for 18 months now and they are still going strong (40+hrs per week).

Hope this helps, feel free to PM me with questions.

Seth

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