Note: These boots were provided to us to review at no charge by Oboz. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
Mara here. Ambassador Heather received a pair of Oboz Sapphire Mid Waterproof boots to review. She talks about how other boots gave her bad blisters. I too had the blister problem. I always got bad blisters along with losing toenails. Last year, I received the Obōz Bridger boot to review for Hike Like A Woman, and I have been very pleased with them. In fact, after a year and many miles, I have gotten minimal blisters and have lost NO toenails.
When I got the Oboz Sapphire Mid Waterproof boots in the mail I was so stoked! You see I had bought some hiking boots a couple of years ago and well… let’s just say not so good. I had blisters all over my feet and it was horrible! What was worse is I had to wear said boots for a week while leading hikes for a camp of young girls. I was doing at least two hikes a day in these blister-making boots. After that experience, I was scared to spend the money to try another brand or type. I mean let’s be honest shoes are not cheap! But, I still needed some good hiking shoes and went with some Salomon Trail Runners. They are great! However, they don’t support my ankles like I want them to when I am in the mountains.
Fast-forward to the day when Oboz gave HLAW a pair of boots to review. I turned in my name to review them. When I got them, I had mixed emotions. First, I was stoked. Then, I was like well, I hope these boots are different. I really wanted a boot that I could use on my mountain trips when I needed that extra support. I also have this bone spur on my left foot beside my big toe that makes wearing some shoes just uncomfortable and sometimes unbearable! Yeah, to say the least I had very mixed emotions.
I put the boots on in the house just to see if I would be able to wear them because of my left foot.
Perfect fit. I wore them around the house and it was amazing! Very comfortable!
I could not wait to take them on the trail! They also did well while doing housework! Hehehe!
I took them on some trails in Arkansas. Some of the trails were flat and some were rocky. On both sets of trails the boots performed amazingly. I had no blisters or hot spots. The first half of the first day, I wore some thicker socks and I thought that they were a little tight around my toes. I just readjusted my laces and that corrected the problem.
The second day on the trails it rained. The Oboz boots claim they are waterproof. So, I decided to try it out on another trail where you had to cross a little creek. The Oboz boots not only kept my feet dry but, when a rock turned under my foot (my fault not the boots. Let’s just say I was a little tired! Lol) I didn’t twist my ankle. If I had been wearing my trail runners, I know I would have twisted it.
Well, you know I may or may not have done it on previous hikes wearing said trail runners.
Overall, I think the Oboz boots performed amazingly!
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I would recommend them to anyone. In fact, I am considering buying my husband a pair of Oboz boots. He needs some supportive boots to hike in and these would be perfect! Thank you Oboz boots for allowing me to test these boots. I didn’t think any boots would be good after my first experience. I am happy to say these boots proved me wrong.