It was while packing for a quick three-day getaway to Oregon that I realized a crucial mistake: I hadn’t broken in my new hiking boots. My wife and I were planning to do a long hike in the Columbia River Gorge while we were away and thoughts of band-aids, blood and blisters were now flooding my mind as I took out the tissue paper stuffed inside my boots. My solution? I wore them on the flight because nothing simulates traversing wet, rocky ground quite like a stroll through an airport and airplane aisles.
Turns out, I didn’t need to go through the trouble. My recently acquired boots—the Teva Arrowood Lux Mid Hikers—were trail-ready right out of the box. This waterfall route provided a good test because of its varied terrain. Throughout the 5.7 miles, I walked on paved ground, loose rock, dirt and mud, and climbed slippery inclines and descended steep declines. Through it all, the Tevas held firm and were never an issue for me. They were as tough as you’d expect a weather-proof hiker to be and I was surprised by the lightness, a trait I’m sure is important to the brand most known for its eponymous sandals. The cons: They’re a little homely for a casual setting, but if you’re buying hiking boots to wear with jeans or chinos, you’re doing it wrong. There are plenty other options for lifestyle boots.
The hike itself was awesome, with no shortage of scenes like these. Predictably, it made me want to hit the trail more frequently, and I wasn’t the only one. This article made it into my inbox shortly after we got home along with a note from my wife: Weren’t we just talking about getting [our 6-year-old son] interested in hiking? I have the shoes to do it, but now am in the market for a brand selling patience by the bucketload. || HUCKBERRY: TEVA ARROWOOD LUX MID HIKERS