Have You Used Budget Trekking Shoes?

Have you ever used any budget trekking shoes? When I say budget trekking shoes, I mean shoes that cost less than Rs 3,000.

I know that good trekking shoes by brands like Quechua, Wildcraft, Hi-Tec, Salomon, start from around Rs 5,000. At Indiahikes, because we trek very often, we use shoes that are not always budget-friendly.

But that’s not the case for most trekkers. They trek once or twice in their lives and such expensive shoes are always a cause for worry. It’s no wonder that most of them opt to rent shoes.

On the other hand, many trekkers send me links to trekking shoes that cost around Rs 1,500 – Rs 2,000, to ask if those shoes would be good enough. And more often than not, they seem like pretty good shoes!   

So I’m trying to create a database of information on budget trekking shoes. And if you have used budget trekking shoes, your thoughts would really help!

If you have used trekking shoes that cost less than Rs 3,000, can you quickly fill this form out?

All you need to put in it is the brand and model of your shoe, the approximate cost, your experience with it, and whether you would recommend it to others.

Even if you have had a bad experience with it, please put it down so that we know what not to recommend to trekkers too!

Share your experience of using budget trekking shoes here

If you have any thoughts or recommendations on budget trekking shoes, drop in a comment below. It will surely help trekkers.

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Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy is the Chief Editor at Indiahikes. She also runs a video series, Trek With Swathi. Before joining Indiahikes, she worked as a reporter and sub-editor at Deccan Chronicle. She holds a Masters in Digital Journalism and continues to contribute to publications such as Deccan Herald. Trekking, to her, is a sport that liberates that mind like nothing else can.Read Swathi's other articles. Watch Swathi's video series here.

6 thoughts on “Have You Used Budget Trekking Shoes?

  1. Nop, I used very costly shoes for the single trek. Though it was very good but very costly too. I loved the idea of rented shoes as well as trekking gear.
    I will also look forward to the outcome of this idea of Budget shoes.

    I must say that… IH is very close to the trekking community and addressing the real issues. Keep it up…

    With lots of

  2. Oops, I used very costly shoes for the single trek. Though it was very good but very costly too. I loved the idea of rented shoes as well as trekking gear.
    I will also look forward to the outcome of this idea of Budget shoes.

    I must say that… IH is very close to the trekking community and addressing the real issues. Keep it up…

    With lots of

  3. Not exactly budget but not overly expensive either. They were from decathlon and costs 3500.
    In pretty short and simple terms of my friend would ask me then I would definitely recommend those. I was very happy with them and certainly plan to use them for future treks that I ‘wish’ to do.
    I think a good footwear goes a long way in deciding the kind of trek experience you have i.e. a bad choice can ruin your trek and vice versa. So if you don’t want to spend, rent it. Don’t buy cheap

  4. Bata warrior Jungle boots-costs rs 1600 only.
    Pretty descent for the price , though it has less cushioning .
    But a good grip,ankle support and they dry quickly.

  5. I have submitted data on the form already. However, I missed one detail – the Addidas shoe model is Climaproof. Good ankle support, grip etc etc. The only minus point is the weight. Just 3 treks totalling about 35 days in 8 years makes it expensive. I had to get the soles re-attached after the last trek and have to try out the repaired shoes yet. I have Wein Brenner shoes for walking, good but the models (two) I have do not afford ankle support. So I would not recommend for trekking in the Himalayas.

  6. I have submitted the data. I used Bata Power Outdoor costing Rs 1799. Excellant shoe. I did 4 Himalayan treks and two local treks before it came apart. Replaced with a new pair recently.

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