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The North Face Hedgehog III GTX XCR® Reviews

29 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

42%Rated 5 stars

17%Rated 4 stars

21%Rated 3 stars

8%Rated 2 stars

13%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

66% "Felt true to size"

68% "Felt true to width"

57% "Moderate arch support"

23 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 5/28/11
Overall Rated:4 stars!
Comfort Rated:3 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

Very nice looking, well-made shoe, but didn't fit my foot. Has a narrow front, with a wide heel, and very little arch support. My foot is shaped completely opposite. So disappointed because they have great cushioning and look like they would last forever. And I love the khaki/red color! Alas, sending them back. :(

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6 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 2/20/12
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I've had NF shoes before so I was excited to get these, but I took only 5 steps with one shoe on to test the size and the top of the shoe was digging into the tops of my toes - sharply. The shoe, for me, does not bend where my foot bends - it bends at mid-toe. I would be unable to wear them in a larger or smaller size. Unfortunately, these will be going back.

Additional 9 Hedgehog III GTX XCR® The North Face Reviews

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3 people found this review helpful  

June 3, 2011

Tara D

from Weehawken, New Jersey

I bought Hedgehogs to be my primary shoes for a round-the-world trip, and after a year and amazingly, after a half of daily wear around Africa, Asia, and Europe, they are still going! They were comfortable right out of the box and remained pretty waterproof in every terrain from the urban jungle to the real jungle. While a few small rips developed along the ankle pretty early on, the shoes have never fallen apart. Great quality shoe.

Brands I'd also recommend: Saucony, Dansko, Pajar

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 15, 2011

Anonymous

from Neptune, NJ

Shoes look great but the fit was horrible! Purchased correct size in terms of length, but heel flipped and was very uncomfortable around the upper-foot area. Did not fit securely like you need/want in a shoe for hiking (or dog agility)!

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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December 29, 2011

Anonymous

 

These shoes were comfortable right from the first time they were put on. The size chart is right on. They look great. I can't wait to take them out on the trail.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 1, 2011

Lauren

from Atlanta, GA

I have enjoyed these shoes in the few short weeks I've had them. I haven't tested out the waterproof feature, but they are great shoes so far!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 22, 2011

Suzanne

from Colorado

I love these shoes. They are definitely stiff hiking shoes, not trail runners, but that's exactly what I wanted. Good quality. Fit-wise, try different lacing scenarios before finding what's perfect for you.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 16, 2012

Anonymous

from Seattle, WA

These shoes looked good on, had good looking tread, were very secure and had good support and comfort. I thought the toe box was a little narrow compared to the rest of the shoe, felt a little tight on the pinky toe. For that reason alone, I am sending them back. I do not want any rubbing when I am out putting these to good use. If you have a narrow toe to toe ratio across your foot, these are a great choice.

Brands I'd also recommend: Ahnu

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

August 7, 2011

Anonymous

from california

I love the looks of these shoes. If you care for fashion even when hiking, then these are the right choice. The insole is very comfortable. Outsole is very jagged. It's a good thing in the beginning but I've been told that, that kind of sole wears out fairly quickly after couple of serious hikes. The only problem I have is the width. I have wide feet, though I am generally okay with medium wide shoes. With these, I had some hard time at the first few times. After it got better, but still there is some tension around my small toe. I had North Face hiking shoes before and those got worn out and torn at that particular spot.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

August 2, 2011

Dollie M

 

I have just received my pair of hedgehog GTX XCR Shoes, I love the look and comfort, however I am concerned about the plastic loop holes for the shoe laces, will they break? This is not good, had I of known this I would have not bought these expensive shoes for hiking! Why would they have used plastic loops for laces? I am very disappointed!

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

April 20, 2012

Pamela

from Washington

As already mentioned, the shoe looks great, but the fit is horrible. You will need to order a half to full size up. The foot area is indeed too narrow (maybe narrow feet is what they were made for), and yes when you walk the shoe does not give too easily causing them to push down on your toes. After walking a mile in these things, I was hobbling due to my toes aching- being push and mushed from top side, and even the front. Too bad. I love North Face, and was wanting to love these shoes.

Brands I'd also recommend: Brooks

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

June 28, 2012

Anonymous

from Westborough, MA

This is my third pair of Hedgehogs and I love them. They are great for all-weather walking and light hiking. They're comfortable enough to wear walking or hiking all day long. My only complaint is that the laces are slippery and don't stay tied, even with a double knot - come on North Face, do a little product testing!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

March 17, 2012

Carol T

from Traverse City, Michigan

These shoes are amazing. I was looking for a comfortable hiking boot and these met all my qualifications.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

April 20, 2012

Bay

from Seattle

I really wanted to like this shoe, but like it has been mentioned already, the fit is not quite what I expected from North Face. First, you will need to go up at least a half size (for me I had to go up a full size), and it does indeed feel as if the front of the shoe is cut too narrow. The upper part of the shoe does indeed push down on the foot as you walk because of the stiffness, and again as mentioned already, it has a very stiff sole and feel to the whole shoe. It is not very comfortable, but it is a pretty shoe. If you have narrow feet, these might be for you.

Brands I'd also recommend: Asics and Brooks

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

August 25, 2011

JANET D

from BEDFORD, NY

These shoes were comfortable on arrival. Unfortunately, they started leaking within a month and now at 3 months, they are so bad I have replaced them. I've had 2 pairs of these prior to this paid and they were both great so perhaps this is just a lemon pair.

Brands I'd also recommend: Merrell

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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September 3, 2013

Corey m

from just north of Los Angeles

I recently moved to a mountain top community that gets the Southern California equivalent of 4 seasons and this LA girl needed something more than city grade toning shoes with which to adapt my afternoon walks. Bingo! Out of the box comfort and solid stability on uneven terrain, even when being pulled by a 90lb, 11 month old, highly active puppy. For the summer, I would consider the non Gore-Tex version for just a tad more breathability but choose these if you can only budget for one pair as they are excellent. A size 7 girl, I chose these as my airport shoes when traveling recently as they offer good purchase underfoot while being very lightweight and, well, adorable in a bad-a** kind of way.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 13, 2013

Anonymous

 

I wear these shoes to work every day as a barn manager. Comfy for a wide foot for hours on end, sturdy but light, pretty darn waterproof, and hold up well. Mine get a LOT of miles and abuse, and I go through about 2 pairs a year. LOVE them...been ordering them for about 5 years now!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 10, 2013

Anonymous

from Corvallis, OR

Perfect for long walks in the rain! I have hiked on very muddy trails in them as well and my feet stayed completely dry.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 22, 2012

Anonymous

from nm

Comfortable shoe for wearing anywhere & waterproof besides.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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February 13, 2013

Jacquelyn S

from Palmerton, Pa

I wanted to love these shoes, I really did. And I finally do love them...but it took a while. The things I loved from the beginning were the treads (you'll stick to the sidewalks like a gecko, which is important when you're walking a combined 165 lbs of exuberant canines), the style (much more attractive than any other shoes in this category), and the fact that they're waterproof. However...it took quite a lot of creative lace-adjustment to make them fit comfortably. That's why I gave them a three in the comfort category -- yes, I've adjusted them to the point where I could comfortably wear them on an all-day hike, but it shouldn't be that dang difficult. Overall, though, I love them. It was just an acquired taste sort of thing.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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August 30, 2012

Anonymous

 

I love the looks of these, but not the fit. I usually wear a 6.5 or 7 in street shoes, and my feet are not wide. The 7 in these was too narrow, but the 7.5 was too long. Too bad.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vasque

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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July 6, 2013

Anonymous

from Barrington, RI

I really like the look and function of these shoes but they are just not comfortable. I thought maybe it would just take some time to break them in or I might need socks with more cushioning, but after several hikes and walks, they still hurt. For the price, they are not worth it.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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February 23, 2013

Anonymous

 

Liked the look of these shoes but for the price I expected them to be much more comfortable. After a day of hiking my feet were killing me. Need softer foot bed and padding.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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November 9, 2012

Anonymous

from Rhode Island

Attractive, waterproof hiking shoe but not as comfortable as expected. Overall a bit large and stiff feeling. Hard to break in. My feet ended up hurting on a long hike.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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September 6, 2012

Barberella

 

I really wanted to love these shoes because they are super cute, unfortunately they showed my fat feet no love in return. I ordered these along with a few other pairs to test out for an upcoming hiking trip. I walked around the house for a bit and was pleased. I tried on my Merrell Moab Ventilators next and - heaven! It wasn't until putting the Merrell's on that I realized how uncomfortable the Hedgehog III's were. The Hedgehog III's feel very narrow in the toe box and felt like the top was pushing down on my toes. They were also just generally very constricting. I can't imagine how they would feel after walking a long distance and having the feet swell up a bit. Ouch!

Brands I'd also recommend: Merrell, Patagonia

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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March 4, 2013

Jacquelyn S

from Palmerton, PA

This is a sad update to my previous review. Less than a week after writing the first review, the right shoe started pinching my toe so badly that I had to return them. Really bummed. Too bad North Face couldn't make a shoe as comfortable as it was stylish.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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