I bought my hiking boots and shoes online. I have Wicked Hemp hikers and Garmont Kiowa Vegan hiking boots. The Wicked Hemps are now two years old and the Garmonts are three years old and both pairs of hikers are still tough and in excellent condition, even after countless long hikes, canoe camping trips, mountain biking off road etc.
Here is what I did. I googled vegan hiking shoes because that is specifically what I was looking for. I researched the materials used, then went to sites providing feedback from customers about these products and read through the reviews. With the garmonts, a lot of people said go up a size because they run small. So when I ordered mine I did just that and when they arrived and I tried them on they fit perfectly. I also wanted a hard soled and hard toe shoe for cycling and the Wicked Hemp shoes fit that bill with tons of customer reviews stating just this, that the soles were hard and grippy and so on. The only downfall about both shoes for me was lack of arch support. I have very high arches. so I bought cheap arch supports and put them in my shoes and it works beautifully. the shoes I have are high quality made but not excessively expensive. I also watched prices as they tend to go up and down over time. I was able to get my Wicked Hemps for $44 including shipping/handling which is insanely cheap. They are also made ethically and sustainably using hemp and fair trade strategies. The Garmonts are also incredibly warm and I have worn them all winter in subzero temps so they double as winter boots but are not waterproof. I bought warm hemp socks to go with my Wicked Hemps in place of wool socks because I do a lot of snowshoeing and hiking in winter and they work very well. I have not worn wool for three brutal Minnesota winters and have not missed it at all.
Locally it is impossibly hard to find vegan hiking shoes for me. I can find running shoes and other tennis shoes that are vegan, and canvas shoes and some dress shoes and sandals that are naturally vegan locally. But the hiking ones I had to resort to online. I have been fortunate not to have to return them as they have fit well each time. But researching return policies for online stuff is always a good practice.
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