I gave my Asolo TPS 520 a lot of chances to do well. Great reviews on Zappos, designed in the Italian Alps, how could they not be awesome? Well after 50 miles and sore, blistered feet I knew how.

Zappos let me return them for a full refund, even though they were in very much less than new condition.

My resolution was to find a great hiking shoe that was waterproof, could handle going “off trail” and that was, more than anything, comfortable.

I work in Palo Alto on California Avenue. The best coffee in Palo alto is just down the street from my office and is made by Don Lundell, the co-owner of Zombie Runner. Apparently, they also are crazy for carrying the best possible equipment for people who run and hike.

I ended up with a pair of Salomon XA Pro 3D Mid GTX boots from there. From the moment I tried them on, I knew they were it. Exceptionally friendly and knowledgable sales staff. Thumbs up for Zombie Runner!

Anyhow, I took a walk in them this past weekend. Fantastic! 8 miles and hardly a pain from my poor toes. Off trail, up slippery grass, over rocks – perfect. Here is a map of a portion of my route. The app I use to record the walks went haywire halfway through and didn’t capture my route back, which was on the Agua Caliente trail – the first time I’d taken it.