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I may have found a winner!

I was beginning to despair of ever finding a truly comfortable shoe for our upcoming trip. My Brooks just aren't doing it for a full day of walking, the KEENs that I had such high hope for turned out to be a disappointment. Allbirds aren't supportive enough. Hoka is way too bulky on my feet.

But then...
I remembered Mardee writing about Oboz, specifically the Bozeman. I scoured the website, compared all the options, and ordered the Bozeman mid leather waterproof.
They arrived yesterday, and I think we finally have a winner. They are suppportive, cushiony, and my toes are not being compressed into a too-small toe box. And, they aren't overly chunky, so they look fine with leggings and a casual dress.

Mardee, thank you!

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Woohoo! Glad they at least feel comfortable at this stage of the game! Fingers crossed for you.

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Have you tried any of the Hoka styles? Hoka Kawana are my favorites ! Good luck!

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Oboz are the best. Have long, narrow feet and comfortable right out of the box.
Think you’ll make out well with these.
Happy feet, happy travels.

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MaryEllen, you're very welcome!! I am so glad they worked for you! I now have 3 pairs of them, because I want to wear them forever, lol! I just came back from a 4 mile walk and they made my feet feel so good.

Where are you going on your trip?

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Mardee,

We are going to the UK for two weeks! Just over a week of "road trip" involving Bath, Salisbury, the Cotswolds, Conwy, and Keswick, then one week in London. I have never been, and it has been a lifelong dream. My grandfather was born in the Kensington/Bayswater neighborhood in the late 1800's. Unfortunately, street names have changed, so I don't think I'll be able to see exactly where he lived, but I am just so excited to be going to a place I have always felt drawn to.

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Oboz are the best. Have long, narrow feet and comfortable right out of the box.
Think you’ll make out well with these.
Happy feet, happy travels.

Yes, now I feel like I can finally begin the walking regimen I need to prepare for the trip!

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Well, maybe, they will work for me.

I have Morton's Neuroma. I have a bunion. I have hammertoes. I have spinal stenosis with pain down the leg and just in case that is not enough, I now have arthritis of the knees. The right knee is very bad and I have radiating pain down the leg.

I wear Chaco sandals but would like to try something else. I can wear loafers and moccasins but not tennis shoes. I have to be able to slip my foot in and out.

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I’ve never heard of that brand, this is good to know. And they are rather low key looking and I can definitely see them with leggings or tights with a skirt or nicer slacks. Congrats. It’s such a big weight off your planning brain if you have shoes that work.

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Congratulations Mary Ellen, that must be such a relief !

And how fun to be planning a trip that will take you to where your grandfather was born!

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Thanks for this info. And, mcduffshouse, glad to hear these work with narrow feet. I have narrow heels but need room in the toes. I think I will try a pair. I ordered Vessi, which I'd seen advertised. They just arrived and are too roomy. I have thought about trying an insole to see if they will fit better and feel better supported.

I like the look of the Bozeman mid-leather, but I wish the sole was black as well as the upper.

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Mary Ellen, your trip sounds wonderful! I love England but haven't been there in 25+ years, and am planning a 5 week trip there next year. You will have an incredible time - England is one of my favorite countries.

Oboz are really interesting shoes - to all of you who have narrow feet and love them, my feet are on the wide site (at least in the toe box) but my heel is somewhat narrow and I have a higher arch. And yet they fit perfectly, so they are obviously shoes that are great for a number of people. :) I like them because they are so supportive - I have never tripped or fallen in them while walking, unlike other shoes.

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My local REI didn't have the Bozeman, so I tried on the Oboz Sypes mid Leather which I was told are very similar.. They fit very well, and felt good on my feet. However, if I get them, I'll order a different color online. I'm thinking of ordering Bozeman to try as well. I was impressed with the Sypes. When I got home, I remembered that I'd picked up a pair of waterproof Clarks at the outlet mall recently. I've started wearing them around home. They are sturdy and supportive. I may look to Oboz for my second pair for my upcoming trip.

Thanks for the info!

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Well, the Clarks I got at the outlet ended up being too tight in the toe box after wearing for awhile. I've just ordered a couple of Oboz to try as well as a pair of Keens. I'll be curious to see how the Oboz perform on your trip. I think we'll be in UK at the same time...
Cheryl

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Mary-Ellen:
Slightly off topic, but while you’re in London looking for your GFather’s neighbourhood; find out where the local City Hall and the library are in that area.
They may be able to help you find out where the original streets were from old records or maps.
You may be surprised to find that the street names are the same!
I found the street and house my Mum was born in in London in 1920.
Have fun there in your new shoes!

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Cheryl,
I hope that the Oboz work for you. I've been wearing mine daily, wanting to break them in and soften them up. So far I have no pain or discomfort in them. I do wish they were a bit more like a daily shoe, rather than a hiking shoe, but for my purposes comfort and stability while traveling are top priority.
When is your trip? We leave September 21 from Seattle.

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ianandjulie, that's interesting! Glad to know they're available there!

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On my last trip, I took a pair of Oboz and a pair of Keens (I have to have a change). They both worked well.

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Four pairs of shoes just arrived, and there should be one more. Love that REI gives a year to return. I'm definitely keeping the Oboz low Sypes, so I need to break them in. Waiting for the mids to arrive. I'd ordered a pair of Bozeman mid-insulated just to see...then found a used pair of the Bozeman mid-leathers waterproof (in my size & color!) at REI Used Gear. I will probably keep those, too--I especially liked the price, just under 60.

Keens are a no-go. Toe box is slightly narrower, and they are a little higher on the ankle. I like my Keen Newports during summer travel.
My feet feel a little claustrophobic after sandals.

Oh, the mid Sypes just arrived...

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Mary Ellen,
We leave on Monday, Sept 25 (Pasco-Seattle-Heathrow). It looks like we won't get into London this time, unless we decide to go in the last day or two. Our daughter and her boyfriend will meet us at the airport after we arrive (they get into London a couple of days before---my husband has a reunion he must be at in OR) and we'll head to Leicester and Battle of Bosworth location. We'll squeeze in an overnight and day in Whittlesey (just east of Peterborough) where my ggrandma was born and married. In 2018, my husband and I visited many surrounding little villages of ggma's ancestors. Our daughter will humor us so we can show her at least the main town. Then we'll head to York and Scotland. J & C will fly back to Heathrow, then to Seattle, while we will head to the Dumfries area of Scotland to see where another gggrandmother was born. We'll have 4 days to mozey around and make our way back to Heathrow for our trip back to Seattle on Oct 11.

Now, I better get walking to get my shoes (and self) into shape for the trip!

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I just read your post out loud to my partner and he thought I wrote it. 😂 I have 4 pairs of Oboz including 2 pairs of the Bozeman (one men’s one women’s). They are the best!

I wore a pair of them right out of the box to Portugal last year and walked over 100 miles (in dresses!) in them. I just ordered the Emma hoping it would be a good summer shoe but it’s a little too warm, but it’s super cute and wears like the Bozeman—for when you are ready for another pair.

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naomirp,

That's too funny! I'm happy to hear the shoes worked so well for extended walking.
I was looking at getting Emma, or possibly Jeanette, when I found a sale on Jeanette and Bozeman Low on another site. I ordered both (for less than my Bozeman Mid)! If they feel good I just may keep both.