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In response to 141706: Hiking boots, posted by Dan 64 on Tuesday, 23 January 2018, at 5:54 p.m.
Yes, my strategy when ordering shoes by mail is to buy the two pairs closest to the size that I think might fit me - then I only have to send one back that doesn't fit. This is an improvement on paying for shipping for another pair in a new order a second time.
But - sometimes it is possible to find hiking shoes in Dept. stores such as Sears, etc. Getting lighter hiking shoes (like a heavy cross-trainer tennis shoes style that breathes) that also will take a beating on the lava is possible too. Of course, it's best to be able to try them on, IMHO.
As an alternative, I've used sandals made by TEVA. This style is sometimes made 2x sizes bigger on the heel and toes (so you can wear them with socks) It's important when walking on lava to have the soles wrap around heels on each side. It also pays to get sandals for this purpose with toe-guards & a sturdy sides for when you sit cross-legged. The advantage of the TEVAS is when you run into having to slog through water, you can cinch them up tighter and they stay on while walking through water.
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