Shoes for Patagonia - boots or walking shoes?

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Shoes for Patagonia - boots or walking shoes?

Postby boogaloo » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:35 am

I' ve read a bit about not needing proper hiking boots for the inca trail - a good pair of walking shoes will do. But what about for Patagonia? I'd rather not have to spend more and carry around an extra load of boots if I can get away with some more versatile walking shoes.
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Re: Shoes for Patagonia - boots or walking shoes?

Postby Zuleika » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:53 am

There are a number of trips to Patagonia, without knowing which one your doing its impossible to say, but generally if your doing a hiking trip, such as the Torres circuit then you will need proper boots, if not hiking then really its up to you, wear whatever your comfortable with. Take into account whether you need ankle support or not and time of year, the weather is very changeable down there so water proof would be a good idea.
And just for the record I wore hiking boots for the Inca trail - one would be crazy not to!
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Re: Shoes for Patagonia - boots or walking shoes?

Postby boogaloo » Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:53 pm

Thanks Zuleika.

What I really meant was whether you really need the full on ankle support hiking boot style or whether you can just use the toned down multisport style boot (basically reinforced trainers).

I think I'll just go with some multisport Merrells without anything over the ankle.
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Re: Shoes for Patagonia - boots or walking shoes?

Postby thecakeisalie » Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:56 am

Again, depends on what you're doing. The 'W' and therefore the Paine circuit have lots of places to twist an ankle. And then there's thousands of other hikes that offer the same. And will you be carrying your pack during the hikes? The weight makes a difference. I will also second the notion for waterproof footwear, rain should be expected.
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