Best boots for Texas?

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What, in your opinion, are the best boots for Texas. Feel free to name a brand or two, but I am looking more for the qualities. What is the most important quality? Weight? Should they be waterproof or should they drain water easily? Are things like trail shoes or the Vibrams that Jesse wears where it's at? For the last gathering, I used what I call "river shoes", i.e. an old pair that I don't care if they get messed up but I can walk in the river without hurting my feet. What I normally wear every day are a pair of steel toed Redwings (very important in an office environment :) ), but they are pretty heavy. I don't do a lot of hiking but I would like to be able to do so if it came up.

What are your thoughts?

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Summer time=Palladiums.
Winter=a pair of Wally World, Merrill knock offs.
For down here (gulf coast) the Palladiums rock.

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What is it about them that you like?

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redrob wrote:What is it about them that you like?

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The ones I have are kinda like these.

The Palladium Pampa Hi Boot is just a good basic canvas shoe. For most of the year these are great boots. Light weight, rugged enough for where I go (no rocks to climb), dries fast (faster than your socks), and has good traction. You can also treat them with Permethrin, to keep the little nasty blood suckers away.
These are NOT expedition style heavy weights. If you're looking to carry 50+ pounds, 30 miles at a time, try a more supportive boot.
Knocking around in the woods, even a 3 day outing, I love 'em.

ETA: I did replace the laces with paracord. The regular cotton laces would catch every grass burr or thorn, around, and when wet were hard to untie.
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I like them there boots.
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Yuppers, purty good stuff.
Like having PF Flyers (you young'uns can Google that) for the woods.

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I wouldn't worry about boots I,d be thinking about insulated waders.
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I just bought some of the Palladium Pampa Hi. I got the leather ones instead of canvas. Should have them Tuesday. I'll let you know how they go.

I wanted something a bit more rugged and substantial. Plus, at the San Saba Rendezvous Morabob had the canvas ones and he told me that they accumulate burrs pretty easily.



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I like the look of the leather.
If you replace the cotton shoe strings with paracord the burr problem goes away.
I wore mine on the Enchanted Rock Death March recently and they performed beautifully.
Get you some good insoles because they have no real support built-in.

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They do look awesome. I'm excited to get them in.
I'll definitely replace the laces. Another reason I got leather is for the water resistance. The way I see it is if you need water PROOF get some waders. lol. I'm rarely in water that is lower than ankle deep. So in those situation where the water is that high, I'd just take the shoes off anyway.
I pretty much exclusively wear "skate" shoes. They essentially don't have any support so I'm used to it.
Only thing I'm worried about is how hot they get.
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