Earlier this summer, Jarrett and I hiked Angel’s Pass Trail at the Grand Canyon and the Salkantay Trail in Peru. We knew we would be venturing into disparate climates and terrains, so I needed shoes that could protect my feet from freezing temperatures, yet keep them cool in the heat of the desert. Aside from protecting my feet from the elements, these hiking shoes needed to be comfortable enough to wear for hours on end. I did not think such shoes existed, but I found them: They’re the Altra Lone Peak 4 Mid Mesh Hiking Shoes.
It is not an easy task to make shoes that can withstand all the elements and be comfortable for me. I have an array of issues: Rheumatoid Arthritis, flat feet, plantar fasciitis, and poor balance in general. I “premiered” the shoes at the Grand Canyon. We hiked 16 miles on a hot day. My feet remained comfortable and cool. When I walked through shallow streams, no water seeped into my feet. This has been my longest hike in a single day, so I was amazed to find that I had no blisters when I got home.