This doesn't really fit in MC or SW&D so I figure this is the best place to post this. I will be wearing these shoes solely for hiking, so styling isn't very important. I'm looking to purchase some hiking shoes or boots. I have hiked a pretty good amount (14ers in colorado, etc) so I'm looking for a comfortable pair for a moderately advanced hiker. I'll be hiking in the beautiful Andes, hopefully making it to Ojos del Salado eventually (tallest volcano in the world at ~6893 meters) and down to Patagonia. The shoes I'm looking to buy now, however, are not for that type of long distance, multi-day hiking. In Chile, I've seen North Face and Merrell shoes. I found a pair of North Face with Gore-Tex for around 130 USD (I've converted prices), with better models and boots reaching around 200. Merrell is more expensive, with good models with Gore-Tex being around 225. I would like to have some kind of water proofing and my last pair didn't have any and I regretted it. Are North Face hiking shoes/boots good quality? My last pair of shoes that I left in US were Merrell and had a great vibram sole, but were pretty much entry level hiking shoes. They still did a good job.