- February 2 2012
Good everyday shoe or off road hiker
Before buying these through this site, I tried on several pairs of shoes in local store, including a pair of these. These were by far the most comfortable and responsive I tried, but I wasn't wanting to spend the full cost, and I didn't need them instantly, so when I saw them on sale on here, I decided to buy them. Since then, I have only worn them a few days, but there are some things I can tell about them: Overall styling is good - they look like a normal pair of sneakers, but seem as well suited for most hiking and outdoors activities as they are for walking through a mall. I ordered the New Taupe Green/ Moon Mist Grey, which is the color I had tried on, and they are a nice neutral gray color. In my searching before buying these, I also saw the Coffee Brown/ Algae Yellow, which I also liked - in fact, I may have preferred it, but I thought the taupe color was more neutral, and would hide dirt better and look fine with a wider array of colors of pants - not that that's a big deal to me, but it was a small consideration on which shoe I would buy. Fitment is like a normal pair of shoes. I wear 10.5 in Addidas, Nike, Reebok, etc., and these fit just as well. I have worn them with mid weight hiking socks and regular gold toes, and they are comfortable either way. The support of the insole is very good. Initial inspection of the insole that they call Northodic, shows it is well supported around the heel, with a little extra padding under the ball of the foot. This helps cradle your foot in the shoe very comfortably. They do have a bit of arch support, so if you are flat footed, you may want to look elsewhere or change the insole (though that is a part of what I like about them). The lacing is a little tight to adjust, but I think that will loosen up a little as they get more wear. The Vibram sole is a nice aggressive pattern that gives good grip, even on wet, slippery tile, and after laying pavers on wet soil, I didn't have any issues with tracking any of it indoors. The sole also has a little bit of a rocking motion built in, which helps with natural striding. I haven't tested their waterproofing, but I expect they should do a decent job. The tongue is gussetted to just under the top lacing eye. The best boots I've ever inspected that had a Gore-Tex lining had it all the way around the inside of the shoe, seamlessly covering the entire lining - even under the insole. These don't - it is more the typical layout, extending about 1/4 to 1/2 inch under the insole. I don't think that will compromise the waterproofness, though. I haven't had a chance to wear them in hot temperatures, but in 88* weather, the lining didn't cause any breathability issues. Initial build quality seems very good. They are the first North Face products I have owned, and they seem to live up to the reputation. Hope that's helpful.
- January 21 2012
comfortable right out of the box
My first pair of TNF shoes.Super comfortable right out of the box.Gortex lets feet stay warm and dry even on a chilly winters day.Look forward to getting another pair.Big thumbs up!
- December 26 2011
Great shoe for student
These are great for wearing around campus in all kinds of weather...keep my feet warm and dry and they are very comfortable. I need a shoe that I can wear daily and this fits the bill.
- December 19 2011
I bought these shoes for my husband for work. He read the reviews on them and thought they would be great for comfort being on his feet all day. He loves them!! they are so comfortable and they fit him true to size.
- November 24 2011
NEEDED A PAIR OF ALL AROUND HIKERS
NICE STURDY HICKERS, GOOD FOR CASUAL WEAR ALSO...THEASE ARE THE BEST HIKERS I HAVE EVER OWNED. I PURCHASED THESE BECAUSE I LIKED THE SOLE DESIGN AND COLOR SELECTION AND THE PRICE COULDN'T BE BEAT BY ANY LOCAL STORE IN MY AREA. I HAVE HAD THEM FOR 2 MONTHS NOW AND WEAR THEM EVERY DAY. I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT A PAIR FOR EVERY MEMBER OF MY FAMILY.. MAYBE I WILL ON MY NEXT ORDER...THANKS ALTREC.