I’ve got this sad, beat up old pair of Salomons I’ve been wearing almost daily (no exaggeration) since picking them up for $3 at Goodwill during the spring of 2008. (Mint condition at the time of purchase, I might add. God bless ya, Goodwill.)
These shoes have logged more miles than any pair of shoes should ever be made to log, the bottoms are worn smooth, the laces on both shoes have broken and been retied more than once… and I love them. My favorite pair of shoes I’ve ever owned. Can’t bear to part with them and don’t know how I’ll bring myself to toss them out, but toss them out I must. And soon. There’s just no support left and my dogs are killing me!
I’d love to buy another pair of this same shoe, except that I can’t find them anywhere. The closest I’ve found are these, but none of the retailers they list have the color combo shown on Salomon’s site. What’s up with that??
As such I’m trying to find a replacement pair that looks as much as possible like the ones pictured above. Suggestions? For my part, I want (require/need/demand) gray because I don’t want the shoes to stand out, I like green accents because… because I like green, and I insist that any logos be understated. (I ain’t yer billboard.) And while I prefer traditional laces because they’re easier to replace if something happens to them, whatevertheheck the laces pictured here are called will do in a pinch.
So, time to weigh in, all ye who know about such things. Anything I should be aware of in regard to the shoes or brands listed below? The prices vary quite a bit, but they fit the look I want and I imagine they’re all about equally comfortable. Mostly I’m just leery of diving into an expensive purchase on a type of product I know so very little about. I don’t want to get them and then learn that “Such and such brand is notorious for poor stitching” or “for being full of spiders” or whatever. Tell me now, folks. Tell me now.
The Current Contenders
Teva Sky Lake Trail ($51 + S&H)
Saucony Grid Excursion TR 5 Trail Running ($60 + Free S&H)
I like these, and I like that they’re so (comparatively) cheap. Funny how all it takes are a few pair of hundred dollar shoes on the list to make $60 shoes seem like a real steal.
Oboz Footwear Dash Trail Running ($65 + S&H)
These are pretty sweet.
Merrell Avian Light Ventilator Hiking ($67 + S&H)
Lowa Neutron Walking ($98 + S&H)
Scarpa Persuit Alpine Cross ($100 + Free S&H)
These might just be the front-runners. I hate the thought of spending this much money on shoes, but seeing as I wore $3 shoes almost every single day for three years I figure I’m ahead of the game on this next purchase.
Lowa S-Cope Mesh Trail ($110 + Free S&H)
These shoes are gonna get a lot of wear for a long, long time. Does this kind of material hide dirt and wear or are they gonna look junky right away since the gray is so light? I sure do like ’em.
Suggestions on other sites I should check out? I know there are loads of outdoorsy type online shops, but I figure if any of you have had good shopping experiences at any in particular then I may as well start with those.