It was time to get a real pair of hiking shoes
It was June 2016, and my trip to Mongolia was fast approaching. I needed a hiking shoe and I had no idea what to get. I knew I’d be walking a lot, up big hills and small, over potentially rough terrain, but it wasn’t a “hiking” trip so I didn’t need a full boot. There would be rain too. I had to keep that in mind. What I wanted was a super comfortable, stylish, waterproof hiking shoe.
It quickly became clear that I was searching for an oxymoron. At the very least, I would have to tweak my definition of “stylish.” When it came to hiking shoes it was all pretty relative.
Flash forward I’m in Mongolia, my new shoes on my feet. I’d Googled for the “most comfortable shoe for hiking,” read a few articles and decided to buy the Salomon Women’s Ellipse GTX. I didn’t know the brand but I liked the neutral khaki green color, the generous interior padding, and the silhouette was sleeker than others I’d seen. (I hate looking as if I’m wearing boats on my feet.) While I did wear them before my trip, there was no “wearing in”, they felt great from the start. No blisters. Yay!
They were surprisingly light and sturdy. My feet never got wet (and I walked in plenty of puddles), and they were very comfortable. Just what I needed. (FYI – They do run a little big. I normally wear an 8.5 med but after reading some reviews opted for an 8 and they fit perfectly.)
Wearing them in New York City
When I got home, they promptly went into my closet. I didn’t need them anymore, I owned a pair of “fashionable” slip on sneakers to wear around town.
Shortly after my return, I started a new habit; I take a walk before work, get a little exercise and catch up on my podcasts. After two weeks of New York City pavements, my lower back was killing me. I pulled out my Salomons and soon after my back aches vanished. Fashion be damned.
Now I wear them all the time: my walks, errands, exploring Central Park. (OK.. If I need to look cute I probably wear something else, unless it’s a rugged kind of cute, picnic or something like that. That said, I doubt I would have to look cute and walk a lot too.) And from now on I’ll have them with me every time I travel.
From what I could tell from the Salomon website, there’s not a men’s Ellipse but the Evasion 2 Aero looks very similar. Obviously, I can’t speak to the men’s hiking shoe specifically but if it’s like the women’s shoe, they’re worth a gander.
(This is not a paid endorsement. If you buy these babies by clicking on the links, I’ll receive a portion of the revenue at no more cost to you.)