I have a lot of sneakers. It’s kind of a testament to my lifestyle I guess. Even though I’m a chubby girl, I’m an ACTIVE chubby girl. I like to move, because someday¬†I might have limited mobility. #MSsucks

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Hiking is one my favourite things ever, and if you follow me on Instagram, then you know that. I thought I’d start sharing some of my fave sneakers for my various fun times, because lordy-I got a LOT of sneakers. And I’m always looking for more! ūüėõ

Columbia Redmond Hiking Shoe

Columbia Redmond Hiking Shoe

Columbia Redmond Hiking Shoe (about $130-but I’ve found mine for under $100 at Famous Footwear)

You gotta love Columbia, right? I mean it’s the brand that just screams¬†hiking and being outdoors. I was looking for a hiking shoe to wear for city hikes, as Edmonton has a lot of hiking trails. It’s kind of cool actually, and one of the many reasons I love living here. The Columbia Redmond Hiking Shoe is a durable, waterproof hiker that has a¬†lightweight cushioned midsole so it’s got just enough cushioning. The outsole has great traction too, which is what I need in case it rains. It’s been raining a lot here lately, and I don’t like slipping and sliding on trails.

The¬†Upper is a combination of suede leather, mesh and webbing, which makes them really comfy. There’s loads of room in the toe box too, which I especially like for hiking. If I want to wear a thicker pair of socks, I can! And if I don’t? Well, they still fit fine. PLUS they are so breathable, because my feet? SWEAT. LOTS.

Columbia Redmond Hiking Shoe

Columbia Redmond Hiking Shoes-see? lots of room for toes to move!

The Midsole of the Columbia Redmond Hiking Shoe is made of Techlite‚ĄĘ, which means it’s a lightweight midsole for long lasting comfort, superior cushioning, and high energy return. I have high arches, so I need a lot of cushioning. If my sneakers don’t have enough cushioning, my arches ache like a mofo after long hikes and walks. I have no aches or pains when I wear my Redmonds.

Columbia Redmond Hiking Shoes-

Columbia Redmond Hiking Shoes

I also get blisters really easily (whiny feet or what hey?). Pretty much every pair of sneakers or shoes will give me blisters, but not the¬†Columbia Redmond Hiking Shoes. I’ve had none at all, so YAY! The high backs really help with that blister problem. I have narrow heels for a girl that’s 5’10”. ¬†My heels often slip in shoes, hence the blister problem. But because the¬†Columbia Redmond Hiking Shoe has a high heel backing, my heels are protected and cushioned, and just feel great no matter how long I walk.

Yup! I love my Columbia Redmond Hiking Shoes! I also love the grey and orchid pink colour combo going on. Matches my hair HAHA!

Would I wear these sneakers up in the mountains? Hmmm-nope to be honest. I feel that the outsole isn’t rigid enough and I’d feel every crag and crevice. But for city hiking? Or hiking in the forest like at Elk Island? They’re perfect! Worth every penny! You can order them online HERE.

Do you wear a lot of sneakers too? I’m finding I don’t wear much else anymore. Maybe it’s because I’m aging? Maybe I love my feet being comfy? Maybe. But more likely it’s because I like to be prepared to be active at any time I’m out and about!