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I'm not a runner but I've been following the shoe discussions on this site for a long time. Great info! I have crummy knees so I walk instead of run, 2-3 miles daily on pavement plus the occasional off road hike. I've used Merrell's for years and got the Bare Access Arc 2's a few months ago and LOVE them. My knees are so much better now though I'm still waiting for the foot/calf soreness to go away. I wear the BA all day, every day. All of my old shoes cause my knee pain to return.
I'm looking for another shoe, similar to the BA, to wear occasionally to give my feet/calves a break. But I don't want to mess up my knee improvement. Will be used strictly for walking. I occasionally wander off through tall grass with thorns/brambles so something with a bit of foot protection would be a plus. I would consider 2 pairs of shoes if necessary ... one for rotation during walking/casual use and one for the "field work." I tried the Merrell Proterras but they were too stiff and slipped on my heel.
Any suggestions? And thanks for such an informative site.