When you're taking pictures in the great outdoors, your footwear is just as important as what's in your photo bag. The last thing you want is to be distracted by sore feet, or worry about your footing on uneven surfaces. I've tested some reasonably priced gear that you might want to consider for your next big outing.
Merrell Moab Ventilator Hiking Boots
The Merrell Moab Ventilator boots don't feel like traditional boots in terms of weight and comfort -- they are as light as many athletic shoes and feel just as good... except they provide wonderful support and traction on the trail. I've worn these shoes with backpacks, photo packs, up hills, down hills, crossing streams, and around camp. And I'm never in a rush to take them off.
The Moabs breath well to keep your feet at a comfortable temperature. I usually wear one pair of hiking socks, and that's all I need. If you like to wear very thick socks or double pairs, I would order up a size, or at least a half size for the Moabs. Merrells do not run large for their listed size. So if you normally buy size 12 in your training shoes, you might want to try size 13 for the Moabs.
The Merrell Moabs run about $85 retail. So they are a good value as well as a comfortable, versatile boot.
Keen Newport Leather Sandals
When you want total comfort, easy on and off, yet great tread in case you have to sprint off to grab a shot, you might want to look at these Keen Newport Sandals.
Typically, I wear these Keens around camp and, quite honestly, with shorts most of the summer. But I've also tested them on day hike with reasonable terrain, and they, along with my feet, have held up just fine. When I do day hike in them, however, I wear ankle socks for added comfort and to wick away moisture.
The Keen Newport Sandals run about $75 retail, but I've had a pair for well over a year, and they are definitely built to last.
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