#6. "RE: Early morning walk(s) , Nikon S6200" In response to Reply # 5 Fri 30-Mar-12 09:42 PM by agitater
Footwear for photographers, along with advice and guidance on building walking strength and stamina, is a sorely neglected information category.
Ecco Xpedition II mid-height boots for me, in Toronto and environs, with Spenco Cross-Trainer insoles. All season, wide range of terrain, very good on city streets for long distances in particular for average walk distances of 5K or longer. I've done 18K in the Ecco boots without a problem. I average 24K a week in a pair of Ecco Xpedition II's. Superb water resistance, great breathbility and good in all temperatures.
My standard travel photography footwear is a pair of Lowa Renegade GTX mid-height hikers. Slightly lighter than the Ecco Xpedition. Spenco Cross-Trainer insoles here too. A pair of Lowas lasts about 600 kilometers for me. Not quite as wide a forefoot as the Ecco Xpedition.
The best regular cut walking shoes I found are the Keen Austin. I use Spenco Cross-Trainer insoles in these ones too. Nice wide forefoot (like the Ecco Xpedition). Keen uses a slightly softer outsole than other makers, I think, but the Austin's wear quite well. For moderate distance city walking (say, anything under 8K) and flat nature trails, the Keen Austin's are hard to beat.