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My favorite urban hiking shoes are these Merrills, their Boulder style. Not sure they make 'em anymore. I would not use them for bouldering but they might work for that. Good for clambering on ruins, cobblestones, dirt roads, and plain sidewalks. I like those Prana hiking pants too. Lightweight, lots of stretch, can put long underwear underneath if it's chilly, and truly water-resistant because I tested them.
This footwear selfie in Rome last week.
What do you like for long urban hiking with cobblestones, slippery places, dirt roads, etc?
I hardly ever wear sneakers, so I end up with a middle ground between cheapo and something without day-glo. What is it with fluorescent shoes these days, anyway? Obviously, a $20 pair of shoes turns into lawn-mowing gear pretty quickly.
Are these worth the price tag in terms of durability, or are they just comfortable shoes that wear out like any other ones?
Whenever I buy a pair of shoes/sneakers/boots that fit well and are comfortable I then go buy another pair. Really comfortable walking and hiking shoes are hard to find and you can't really tell in the store, you need to walk a few miles to know.