I already own a pair of Obōz shoes, the sawtooth low, which are great hiking and approach shoes. I wanted another cross over shoe, shoes that would be good around town and then into the woods with the dogs.
Shoes that I didn’t have to change throughout my usual day. Shoes that I could drive in also would be the icing on the cake!
The first thing that caught my eye with the Sapphire Low is the colour, a gorgeous deep red, like a beautiful full-bodied Burgundy wine. The Navy base compliments the red and makes for a very nice looking shoe.
Out and About
After firstly wearing them around town, running errands and driving in them, they were broken in. I experienced no rubbing or discomfort from them, they were comfortable straight out the box.
Next outing was to Clent Hills, it’s owned by the National Trust, it’s local to us and a dog’s paradise. It was a lovely sunny Sunday morning, we put the dogs into the car and off we went. The views from Clent I find intriguing, considering the surrounding area was the birthplace of industry. You can see for miles on a clear day it is breathtaking.
We walked for 5 miles and the dogs enjoyed the sun and had a lovely run. There is a café at Clent, they just happen to do a lovely sandwich, so after the walk we grabbed a sandwich and some sausages for the dogs. The shoes were comfortable straight out of the box, which is welcomed. They got muddy and cleaned up like new, no leaks, just performed well in the mud, no slips.
I recently have visited Yorkshire Dales, three nights away camping, waterfall chasing, these were the only shoes I took. I wore them to the pub for an evening meal then to Asygarth Falls, I got them well into the stream, the water just beads off, I’m not one for videoing, photography is more my thing, but I did take a video I was that impressed. Our daughter was impressed also.
It bucketed it down, when we got to the lower falls, no worries there, the terrain was a mixture of dirt track, scree and concrete along with hardstone steps, I had no problems underfoot, the shoes provided enough grip.
The next daytrip was Inglewood Waterfall trail, this trail was 4 and a half miles and a little more involved than the other trail, the weather was miserable, wet and dull, wet is good for photographing waterfalls, so there was an upside.
The Oboz Shapphire didn’t let my down on the trail, granted I slipped a few times but so did everyone else, the polished surface of the stone when wet had no grip and it was very slippery. The shoes allowed no water in, I was wearing some Trekmates Gaitors so I was fully protected.
I wore the shoes to pack away the tent and to drive home, these shoes are great for crossing over from around town to a good walk. If you’ve got dogs, they’re brilliant, no need to worry about if you have suitable shoes if it rains or you encounter a muddy puddle or two.
I really like them the sizing is spot and they’re a good width without being too wide for narrow feet like mine. The women specific design and the O FIT Insole™ make these shoes extremely comfortable
Again, with my purchase Obōz have planted a tree in partnership with http://smallwoods.org.uk, which is brilliant and a great incentive for me and everyone, because we should all love our beautiful planet, and do a little to help.