@Roadturn once you've worn them around the house and have a good sense that one pair will work, we recommend heading outside; it's true that the only way you'll know a pair will work hiking is to go hiking in them. At REI, we offer a 1-year Satisfaction Guarantee, so even if you take them outside and then discover they don't work, you can still return them for a refund or exchange. Hope this helps!

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