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Higher State Soil Shaker test and trip report!

Higher State Soil Shaker test and trip report!

Postby Dave » 14 Nov 2020 15:29

I recently bought a pair of Higher State Soil Shaker shoes from SportsShoes.com for the incredibly low price of £29.99 - inc. p&p!

While they're described as trail-running shoes, I was intrigued by the rugged, grippy-looking soles and I wondered how they'd work as off-road walking shoes. Some very positive reviews combined with the low price settled the matter - I'd give them a try. Various colours were available, and I went for the least understated! :)

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The Soil Shakers arrived quickly and they fitted me perfectly. I was impressed by the look and feel, but the insoles were simple foam and didn't provide the arch support I like. This is normal for me and, except for Merrell shoes, I've always swapped the insoles for something more supportive. In this case, I happened to have a pair of Superfeet Trailblazers available (that hadn't solved a Berghaus boot problem) so I used them. Okay, the insoles cost more than the shoes, but I'm sure that cheaper replacements would have have done the job.

I did my first walk in the Soil Shakers yesterday - 12+ miles on mostly damp tarmac, which I usually find to be the slipperiest of all surfaces - especially when coated in a thin layer of oily clay! I was really pleased with the grip, which was far better than my Merrells - my usual favourite road shoes. And despite walking a fair distance in brand new shoes, my feet felt fine.

With the road test completed, this morning my wife and I did a woods walk which was entirely off-road where the surface was often very muddy. The Soil Shakers are meshy and not in the slightest bit waterproof, so I wore a pair of lightweight Bridgedale Stormsocks. I've previously tested medium weight Bridgedale Stormsocks with non-waterproof Merrells with total success, so my confidence was high!

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The shoes were really excellent. They were light, comfortable and gripped superbly, and the socks kept my feet bone dry throughout. :)

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The route we took this morning was almost entirely in nearby woods. A couple of weeks ago, we were walking through the woods when we kept seeing trail runners. On investigation, it turned out that a race was in progress: The Maverick Adidas Terrex Original Kent 2020 no less. I found the routes online (5k, 10k and half-marathon) and we decided to walk the 10k route with a view to running it another day. (Note: it's not easy to navigate woods with a GPS while running!) The car park was a little way from the route, so the potential 6.2mile run became an 8.1mile walk.

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So, all in all, a very successful morning. I'm impressed by the amazingly cheap but excellent Higher State Soil Shaker shoes, and the reconnaissance has shown us a 10k trail run route that we're looking forward to trying soon!
Dave

Booked cruise 2019: December - Caribbean on Marella Explorer 2
Remaining land-based holidays 2019: July - Peak District, August - Harris and Highlands, October - Brecon Beacons
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Re: Higher State Soil Shaker test and trip report!

Postby Camela » 14 Nov 2020 15:47

The shoes were a steal and at that price would do the job for non-serious walkers like myself. However insoles that cost more :!: although when it is your hobby I can see why you don't bat an eyelid.
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