questionsgood womens hiking boots for under $80?

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I recently got a pair of Keen hiking boots off ebay. They were brand new and around $50. I can't say enough positive things about Keen hiking boots. They felt great from the moment I put them on and have great support for long hikes and are very light weight.

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Check www.sierratradingpost.com and sign up for their newsletter as they send a lot of discount codes. I love the Khombu boots I bought from them.

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My mom and I both have pairs from Cabela's. One is Cabela's brand, and the other is Columbia. Both were under $80, I believe the more expensive pair was $70.

They're both nice and warm with the sheep-type liner like you'll find in Uggs. I like that the exterior is more durable and doesn't fit so wide. They're a tad wider than a regular tennis shoe. Both pair were waterproof,. but they're probably due for a refresher coat since we've had them for ~6 years now. We've been really pleased.

http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/browse/footwear-womens-footwear-womens-hiking-boots-shoes/_/N-1101218/Ns-MIN_SALE_PRICE?WTz_l=SBC%3Bcat104797980%3Bcat104790780&WTz_stype=GNU

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Awesome. Its great to see that are that many great deals at that website. Thanks =D

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I love my Courteney boots. They are practically indestructible and do a great job of keeping out rocks and pebbles. Unfortunately, they ran a bit more than $80.

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I have a pair of Merrels that are the greatest thing that ever happened to my hiking feet. Unfortunately, they're $120. But worth every single penny, I swear to you! I got them on Zappos (http://www.zappos.com/product/7459480/color/78224). Back in March I wore them for two weeks through hilly Scotland on 7-8 hour long hikes, and even when it was pouring out--raining so hard that despite a waterproof coat I was soaked five layers through (literally; when I took my coat and two soaked sweaters off, my tshirt, undershirt AND bra were dripping water, as well)--my feet stayed completely dry and comfortable.
Admittedly, these Merrels were/are my very first and only pair of hiking shoes, so I'm no expert. But if a city-girl hiking n00b thinks they're glorious (those long, arduous hikes felt like cloud-strolls to my feet, though my thighs died nightly), they've got to be good, right? I didn't even have to break them in. Really, I can't praise them enough.
/gush

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Merrells are the best. Highly recommended. You can often find them on clearance at REI and DSW if you have either close to you.

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Oh, from experience, even GoreTex leaks. Invest in a bottle of Nikwax waterproofing: http://nikwax.com/en-gb/products/productdetail.php?productid=81&activityid=1

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This might sound a bit unconventional, but if you're looking for cheap and well-made, you might want to consider army surplus. I got a pair of nice leather boots for $30, waterproof up to about mid-calf, warm, and pretty sturdily made. Also, I have wide-ish feet and was able to find a wide version in my size with no trouble.

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I found these Columbia ones at 6pm for $51.00, its waterproof, light weight and has anti-odor treatment.

http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/feecece2-71ae-4c6e-befe-9d3eb7b6f5cb/columbia-wallawalla-mid-omni-tech-boot#0

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@imeldamarcos: When Imelda Marcos points you towards a good pair of shoes you should listen!

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I've had Merrels for 4-5 years. I've put a lot of miles on them in all kinds of weather and surface types. They've been very good to my feet.

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Shoes, like backpacks, are a personal fit. Some can swear by a brand or model, and they will be terrible for another person's foot. The "best" shoe is the one that fits you best, and is able to handle the terrain you want to tread. My favorite pair of boots has been a pair of Columbias that I found on sale for $25, but my foot didn't like the wildly popular Keen Targhees. Currently I'm hiking in a pair of Salomon's. Trying them on before buying is almost mandatory.

If you want a goretex waterproof shoe then look for "GTX" in the name, it always stands for goretex. Other waterproofing options are eVent (an awesome choice for breathability) and methods that are specific to a brand (Iike keendry for Keens). Check out reviews for quality issues (zappos usually has a lot of reviews, and rei.com, backcountry.com, and altrec.com often have reviews from hikers' perspectives (they also have good online outlets).

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@charisboof: Came here to say exactly this. Everyone's feet are a little different in terms of width and bone structure. Hopefully you're using these suggestions as jumping off points to go try on some boots.

I'm a guy, but I got some awesome Goretex Keen boots for right around $80 at REI. Can't say enough good things about them.