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I laced the laces up a little tighter to fit my narrow-medium feet

During errands yesterday in my LOWA San Luis GTX Lo ($200) I thought, “If I had been clocking the miles I walked in these suckers over the past four months, I could have walked the Leadville Trail 100 four times over.” Then I went, “Huh. I need to sit my ass down and write a review. Tell the world how I feel!”

What I like

  • Size is accurate for normal width feet. I wear a size 7.5 shoe and I opted for the size 7.5. Perfect fit. If I had gone up a half size they would have been too big. As for width, they’re classic normal widths. With my feet falling between normal and narrow, I have to tighten the laces a bit more—unless my hot, swollen feet need room to expand. When they do, the LOWA San Luix GTX’s are extremely accommodating. If you have wide feet they’ll probably be a bit snug.
  • Comfortable. Every time I slide my foot in I go, “Ahhh…$&*@#$!.” Then I roll my eyes and people think I’m a freak. The San Luis GTX’s cradle my feet in a soft cloud of healing touch massage therapy. And no, this does cause major heat retention on hot days because the construction (more on that below in the “breathable” section) is designed to increase circulation between air and trapped moisture. However, because they’re so breathable, you’ll definitely need a sock on cold days. The tongue, although very comfortable, is wide so you may have to fiddle with it a bit to lay flat.
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    Socks not needed in the summer, you’re feet will not sweat

    Breathable. You won’t find a lot of people wearing sneakers sockless during Minnesota’s summer months. We’re plagued with a wet heat that is so intense that walking out to the car feels like a full day’s work and requires a change of clothes. The days leading up to a big rainstorm imprisons us in a humidity that that can only be cut with a Wusthof meat cleaver—except that our sweat-drenched hands are incapable of holding solid objects. But we’re stuck here. We suffer. We sweat. We rage. And thanks to the San Luis GTX’s GORE-TEX® SURROUND™ technology, which provides 360 degrees of breathability through the uppers, lowers, soles, everywhere, I can rage all that much quieter. (<<<riiiight)

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    Made in Europe

  • Durable and high-quality. LOWA’s are made in Europe (not China). Meticulous stitching, gusseted tongue, thick soles, these standards are evident in the construction. I’ve known a lot of LOWA’s in recent years and I’ve known a lot of non-LOWA’s. LOWA’s aren’t just a shoe, they’re a work of art built for longevity and to withstand the brutality of life on the trail, in the mountains and around town.

What I don’t like

It’s the same thing that I always chirp about when it comes to LOWA: Price.

Nothing with the LOWA label is going to come cheap. Most people will argue (and win) that $200 for a pair of sneakers, no matter how well made, isn’t justifiable when you can pay $175 for a pair of LOWA Ferrox GTX Lo day hikers or $190 for the LOWA Innox GTX Lo. But ask any LOWA wearer if they regret their purchase the resounding answer is always “Never!”

Final thoughts:

Expensive but worth it if you can afford it because they’re shoes that will last a long time. They’re sure-footed on wet sidewalks and asphalt, they’re very supportive with decent arch support. They’re also lightweight which means you can throw them in your backpack and wear around camp and feel confident you’ll have total foot protection.

The LOWA San Luix GTX Lo’s are, and always will be, a Gear Gals Recommended Piece of Gear.

  • Lowa
    The San Luis GTX Lo Surround from Lowa is a warm weather casual shoe that features new Gore-Tex Surround technology. The innovative open sole contraction allows air to circulate throughout the shoe to keep feet comfortably dry in warm weather yet is waterproof.
    $199.95  from Camp Saver
  • Lowa
    Keep on moving fast and securely as you power uphill with the ultra lightweight Lowa Ferrox GTX LO trail shoe! ; Uppers of durable synthetic materials. ; Waterproof GORE-TEX lining for dry and comfortable wear in cold and wet conditions. ; Heel pull loop for an easier on and off. ; Climate Control footbed for optimum breathability. ; PU MONOWRAP frame with STG PU promotes the natural roll-through motion of the foot. ; Three-quarter nylon stabilizer. ; LOWA NXT outsole delivers reliable traction and lasting comfort. ; Imported. Measurements: ; Weight: 1 lb 2 oz ; Product measurements were taken using size 12, width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
    $175.00  from Zappos.com
  • Lowa
    The torrential downpour might be over, but the trails are still muddy. Lucky for you, the Lowa Men's Innox Evo GTX Lo Hiking Shoe has the protection needed for mud and wet weather. This lightweight trail shoe sports a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex membrane to make sure your feet aren't a soggy, sopping mess when you return home. Underfoot, the Innox features Lowa's Monowrap midsole that includes shock-absorbing foam, a stability shank, and heel counter for a secure fit. The Endure Evo sole uses a bi-density design to combine cushy comfort with reliable traction.
    $189.95  from Backcountry