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Jan 25, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: 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.

Troy Russell
From Fenton, MI
Joined Dec 29, 2011
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Jan 25, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Just below the chockstone on Alexander's chimney

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).

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.

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