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Need Good Boots That Aren’t Too Expensive

Q. I can’t find any good boots that hold up. The bottoms of mine wore off. I’m headed to Philmont next year with my troop, so I’m in desperate need of some good boots that aren’t too expensive.
— Bootless Bob, Columbia, Mississippi

A. You’re in luck, Bootless Bob. Rich Life Footwear just launched its own line of licensed boots, the Be Prepared Expedition Pro, for a mere $70 at bpboot.com. These kicks have a slip-resistant rubber outsole, an EVA midsole and a squishy memory foam footbed — which means they’ll withstand Philmont trails and keep your feet comfy along the way.

The design blends waterproof leather outer material with breathable mesh to keep feet dry and ventilated. Plus, the reinforced rubber toecap gives extra rock protection on rougher trails.

If you’re looking for a lower-cut boot, consider the Salomon X Ultra 2 GTX ($145, salomon.com). The trail-runner-meets-hiker design keeps you light on your feet while offering a stable footbed for rugged trails. There’s a quick-tie lacing system, and the breathable Gore-Tex uppers help keep feet dry.


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