I'm looking for shoes (not boots) with a boot-like stiff sole. They need to be waterproof, since my normal walking involved morning dew and travel includes places like Scotland. They also need to be available in wide width. A large toe box is needed since I've developed some peripheral neuropathy in my old age. The podiatrist doesn't think there's much to do besides messing with insoles. Since I live in the boondocks, trying on shoes doesn't work without the hassle of shipping, returns etc. Our dogs need about 5 miles of trail walking per day to stay sane.
I have Keen Targhee III's on right now, but after only two months, the rigidity in the soles has evaporated. So much so that Keen has given me a full credit. I don't know if mine were defective or if that's what a replacement pair would do. When new, I thought I'd struck gold.
I'd try the Ecco Track 25 but they don't come in wide.
I'm tempted by the Merrill Moab 2, so I'd like some feedback about the rigidity.
If you google stiff or rigid soles, you get all sorts of shoes with just arch support, or vague claims about rigidity. Obaz makes several shoes that sound good on paper.
I'm also tempted by carbon fiber insoles, but they cost as much as the shoes, and are an expensive experiment, at least without some feedback.