Back in 2015 I was in Colombia with some friends for a wedding. We had about 5 days before the wedding in Cartagena. So we drove up to Santa Marta for a few days. We booked The Dreamer Hostel in Santa Marta then took a day trip to Tayrona National Park.
The plan was to hike to Cabo San Juan in about an hour but tt was hot really hot and nearly 100% humidity in the middle of June. We followed a trail along the coast which led us in and out of the forest up and down rocks and on various terrain. It’s a pretty easy hike except I was sweating as much water as I was drink and my backpack was full of bottles.
I had just enough water to get to the beach. My choice of footwear were, New balance sneakers. Usually they’d do just fine but the heat and humidity caused the insole to basically melt away from the shoe. My foot was slipping and sliding inside the shoe with every step. The hike took about 2 hours.
It was well worth it, the beach is absolutely gorgeous and the views the entire way were just as stunning.
Fast forward a few years and I’m in Queenstown new Zealand. While waiting for my friend to fly in from Sydney I planned to go for a hike and realized I just have sneakers and immediately had flash backs from Colombia. No way was I going to make the same mistake. I was staying in the Adventure Queenstown Hostel right in the middle of town and there were plenty of shops selling hiking and sporting goods. Just around the corner was a shop that had Merrell hiking boots, they were more expensive than Amazon but so is everything in Queesntown it’s not really a cheap place to travel.
Gig and I went to Denver recently and hiked at Red Rocks you can see that Denver vlog on our channel. We also went up the hudson to hike Breakneck ridge in NY. She got the Merrell Women’s Moab 2 Mid which is definitely more of a boot than shoe. The hike down from Breakneck is pretty steep through the woods and it puts a lot of pressure on your toes and the front of your feet. The terrain has a bunch of rocks and our Merrel hiking boots were so supportive and comfortable.