Shoes and Boots!
If you are like most, shoe shopping is not the most desirable way to spend an afternoon. Okay, okay, maybe you are in that small .5% that enjoys it. Maybe even more annoying is shopping for expedition boots. If you've ever been, first thing you'll notice - just about every hiking boot is just ugly. I mean really, is the end result of ever boot maker "to make the ugliest shoe ever"..? Anyway, finding the right look, fit, style, etc. can be quiet time consuming.
After successfully completing dozens of jungle expeditions, we have seen lots of boots and shoes hit the trails. Some were good and some not so much. Here is what we have learned.
This guide is built for jungle environment expeditions.
We get it...buying boots is one of those things you purchase for a specific trip. Unless you are a serious hiker, paying out big bucks is not something you desire to do. Perhaps the best and only advice we can give is this - do not buy water proof shoes/boots. Make sure they can drain water easily. You will spend a great deal of time in water - the last thing you want is 5 gallon buckets on your feet.
#1 - Military Style Boot
As my personal, go-to boot, I use the Brasil issued "jungle" military boot. Incredibly light-weight, durable, quick dry material and built for the jungle. They are water resistant and drain water easy and fast. Grip on all terrains is pretty impressive too.
We have seen some guys come through with military type issues boots and all have been impressed how the boot responded to the jungle.
Provides solid support.
Price: USD $75
#2 - North Face Style Hiking Shoe
A shoe that I have used in the past is the North Face Ultra series shoe and boot. A great, great shoe. Probably some of the best grip on rocks. Also, maybe one of the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn.
The negatives on this particular shoe and type of shoe:
- Wear and tear happened pretty quickly. Shoe did not hold up very long.
- Low-cut - shoe is going to get and hold a lot of sand, rocks, and other stuff
- Little to no ankle support
#3 - Columbia Style Boots
These boots are a dime a dozen. By far the most used brand of boot we some come through our doors. Relatively cheap, sold at most stores and has the proven name "Columbia." While it is a solid boot, we have not been too impressed with how they responded in the jungle.
- Little to no grip. This is pretty important.
- Super heavy when wet
Price: USD $60-150