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I've done a lot of UK upland walking in minimal shoes, plus long Alpine treks with packs up to 30 lbs or so. A lot depends on the ground you are going to cover. If it's stony, I find that the soles can get a bit tender after a few days of bashing. You might prefer something with a minimalist rock-plate, or buy/make a removable rock-plate (my own solution). ...


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I love my Vibrams, and have been walking, hiking, swimming, climbing and running with them. I would not use them for multi-day hikes, though. Stepping on the wrong things (sharp/pointy) can give bruises. On a one-day outing I those were in my experience harmless; no problem there. But in a multi-day hike, it would really not be any fun if you step on ...



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