Rated1out of5bycarlos406fromI returned this productShoes were very comfortable when I first put them on. However, everytime I hiked in them I got a blister on the top of my toes. I tried to give them a chance and break them in. But each time I got a blister in the same spot. To be fair, I have huge, size 14 feet and am very flat-footed. A++ for service at REI and allowing me to return them.
Date published: 2013-09-27
Rated4out of5byMovingtargetfromNot bad light hikerI use these as my everyday and travelling shoe. They are durable, with great traction. I haven't felt insecure on any surface thus far, and this has included climbing over some beach rocks on the north coast. On the flipside, the rubber is pretty squeaky on smooth indoor surfaces like tile and linoleum. A little warm, but not too bad for the central california summers, and I get sweaty feet pretty easily.
I'm a bigger guy. 6'1", 230 lbs. I find the cushioning to be bit lacking. The stock insole is a pretty useless thin foam, so extra support might be needed. Its a low top shoe, so I found that adding thick insoles made my heels slip a bit too much. A quality low profile insole would be my reccomendation.
They are a bit tight, but the full laces let you fine tune the fit a lot. Even still, I had to go a size up. I guess I have big toes, my usual complaint in shoes is the toe box being too narrow. So short but wide feet might have a problem with this shoe.
As a side note, the light colors show dirt pretty easily. Especially they grey/white at the end. So if you are concerned about that sort of thing, might not be for you.
Date published: 2013-07-10
Rated5out of5byNickinAzfromAwesome! Bulletproof!Loves me some Scarpa! It all started with the Crux approach shoe. I needed a light weight, rugged, durable shoe that could handle 3 - 5 day courses on the boot destroying ranges of the Arizona desert. The beat down of heat, rocky ground and multiple working positions render most footwear useless in a short time. The Crux just laughed. Sooo, I ran out and got me some Zen. They looked even more rugged. This has to be better, right? And how! First, the Zen are a hiking shoe not an approach shoe so they are even more built. They do feel a bit bulky at first when compared to the Crux but that goes away fast. Second, they inspire confidence. I really feel like I can go anywhere and not have to worry that my shoes will fail. And lastly, they look great! I am not one to avoid wearing my gear just because I don't want it to get dirty but every time I head out I can't help but think "is this outing worth my Scarpas?" Then I shrug, laugh and put them on.
As I have gotten older ( ... 40) I have trended to towards lighter footwear. My boots used to be Danner Acadias. Then I worked my way down to OTB Odins. Now I don't wear boots unless they are an absolute must. And I don't miss them. These Scarpa shoes have easily replaced my rugged boots. And at half the price of most good boots too. I would most definitely recommend these to my friends and anyone interested.
Date published: 2013-06-27
Rated5out of5byNo9fromGreat FitThese are great everyday shoes. The fit and traction are superb. I have nothing but compliments for the product.
Date published: 2013-06-12
Rated5out of5byhappyhouserfromHe loves these shoesI bought these for my husband and he loves them. He especially likes that the laces go all the way to the toes, giving great flexibility to the toe box. It is rare for him to rave about a shoe, but he has about these.
Date published: 2013-05-20
Rated5out of5byBuilderfromExcellent Hiking ShoesVery good product. Wears well, stylish and comfortable. Great grip and strong shank and solid seams for support. I will buy this shoe again.
Date published: 2013-05-01
Rated4out of5byTopDownfromAlmost perfectThese shoes are well-built of good materials. The fit is accurate and nicely adjustable with the rock shoe lacing. They are stable, supportive, moderately comfortable and attractive. There are two issues that keep them from perfection:
1. The tongues don't have debris collars. Sand and small rocks and water have easy access into the footbed, especially at the toes.
2. The decorative band of leather at the toes has a seam that compresses the top of the toes. This is particularly noticeable with thinner athletic socks. The effect is mild discomfort, but hasn't yet become a problem on moderately long hikes.
Date published: 2013-04-11
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