Breaking In My New Hiking Boots

I went online and bought a new pair of Eddie Bauer hiking boots last week. I've been thinking about getting a pair of well made, sturdy, serious hiking boots for some time. The problem being the boots I wanted were $300, and I have a hard time paying $300 for anything. The other thing is, I'm a traditionalist. I wanted my hiking boots to look like the hiking boots I had when I was younger.

That was another problem. The only boots I could find that had all the things I wanted in a boot were the $300 ones. And then I found the Eddie Bauer K-6 boot. It's looks are unchanged from boots of 30 to 40 years ago. The boot has a serious old school Vibram sole. The leather is think and sturdy. It looks like the $300 boots. Like a traditional hiking boot and not a glorified sneaker. 

Best of, they were on sale for $140! Half the price of the other boots! 

Inside the boot is comfortable and has a modern cushioned footbed. They're a little heavier than my other hiking boots, but I know they're going to last me a few years. 

But theses boots were going to have to be broken in. You can't just pop these out of the box and hike the Pacific Crest Trail. So a few break in sessions will have to be in order, and I did the first one at Wind Wolves Preserve yesterday. 

My wife and I did a short 4 mile hike up the creek trail at WW. I wanted to get a little dust on my boots so they didn't look so brand new. 

For about the first mile I was aware of how much heavier the K-6s are from my previous hiking boots. But I was surprised at how comfortable they were and how much my foot didn't slip inside. The footbed held me snug and secure. The band-aids I put on my heals to prevent blisters were completely unecessary. 

By the time we got to the dry wash at the base of the hill, I realized I was walking around with a goofy grin on my face. My wife noticed too. 

Getting to the top of the hill was a breeze. 

By the time we got back to our car, i had a healthy layer of trail dust on my boots. I can't wait to bust them out again next weekend. My eventual goal is to do the Pacific Crest Trail from Highway 58 to Highway 178. Wish me luck! 

Mike Bell

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