Vegetarian Shoes Veggie Trekker MK4 Vegan Hiking Boot Review

a guest post by Dael Devenport

Two pairs of well-used Veggie Trekkers. The pair on the right has recently been waterproofed in preparation for a hike.

Two pairs of well-used Veggie Trekkers. The pair on the right has recently been waterproofed in preparation for a hike.

How They Have Been Used and Abused

My job requires me to spend a lot of time in the backcountry. When I became vegan in 2009 my leather boots became a concern. I started looking for vegan options but couldn’t find boots that looked like they were heavy duty enough until I came across the Vegetarian Shoes Veggie Trekker. It appeared to be a serious hiking boot with the features I search for when shopping for a new pair of boots: one-piece uppers, Vibram soles, water resistant and a stiff shank to carry heavy loads. Not willing to risk being out in the middle of nowhere and having my boots fall apart, I bought a pair for my partner to test how they would hold up to her job working in remote mining camps. (It’s probably not the nicest thing to do to use your partner as a guinea pig, but the fact that we’re still together just might be a tribute to these boots!) When my previous pair of boots wore out and my partner’s boots proved worthy, I got a pair. I’ve had these boots for over five years which is twice as long as other boots usually last for me. I have used them in every terrain possible from wet tundra to rocky scree slopes. I have used them crossing glacial rivers and winter bike commuting.

Taking a compass bearing in Denali National Park and Preserve.

Taking a compass bearing in Denali National Park and Preserve.

Starting to cross the Toklat River in Denali National Park and Preserve.

Starting to cross the Toklat River in Denali National Park and Preserve.

How They’ve Held Up

These boots have performed exceptionally well. One feature that I really appreciate is how waterproof they are. I have become rather indiscriminate about getting them wet. As long as the water isn’t deeper than the top of my boot, my feet stay dry. These boots have outperformed any other boot I’ve owned as far as durability goes , they just might be indestructible. After all that I’ve put them through, they are still in good enough condition to go through it all over again. In spite of my laziness about getting them wet, there is no cracking or splitting of the uppers as there would usually be at this point on leather boots.

 

Things to Consider

They come with a stiff shank which has some pros and cons. The pros are it provides a lot of support for carrying heavy loads and while walking across a steep slope. Some (possible) cons are they might take a while to break in or get used to (according to my partner) and they can be stiff climbing straight up a hill or going straight down. I mitigated this by skipping the locking lace hook (the one closest to your heel) and the top hook.
The boots come with a thin insole which my partner kept and has no problems with. But, the boots are sized with their thin insole in mind, so if you want to wear multiple layers of socks or want a thicker insole consider ordering a half size up. My later version had a coating on them that my partner’s earlier model did not. It flaked off over time and looked odd, but did not affect the performance any. They look like hers underneath so I’m not sure what it was for. I’m assuming that this is no longer an issue with the more recent models of the boot.

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Would I recommend these boots?

In conclusion, yes, I would recommend these boots, especially for long hikes with heavy loads over rough terrain where you need a pair of boots you can depend on.

 

Hiking in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve looking over the Chilikadrotna River.

Hiking in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve looking over the Chilikadrotna River.

Dael Devenport is a fifth generation Alaskan currently residing in Anchorage with her partner, a dog, three cats, two goats and a sister. She is the oldest of 12 children and consequently has none of her own. She has been vegetarian since 1993 and vegan since 2009. She enjoys running with her dog, biking to work, reading non-fiction, and cooking delicious vegan food. She doesn’t understand how people have enough time to watch TV or why they would want to.


Thank you, Dael, for taking the time to share these amazing photos and your experiences with the Veggie Trekkers. I know many of us love to support vegan companies as much as possible!

> Get your Veggie Trekker MK4 vegan hiking boots here. (These are a closeout item and limited sizes are available.)

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