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Writer’s Pick: The Icebug Zeal Is My New Favorite Dog-Walking Shoe

I walk and hike regularly with my dog, Riggins, and our friends. These shoes are helping me keep up with the pack!

Wendy Newell  |  Jul 14th 2016


My struggle to find good dog-walking/hiking shoes is real. So when the folks at Icebug pitched their Zeal-L RB9X as exactly that, I said I would give them a try.

Cute Riggins' paws and Icebug Trail Runners. (photo by Wendy Newell)

Riggins and I, ready to hit the trail. (Photo by Wendy Newell)

Riggins and I spend a lot of time with our friends, four- and two-legged, on local trails. When faced with a difficult incline, the pups often show up the humans, easily bounding up the trail we try our best to get traction on the loose and sandy California ground. Years ago I invested in hiking shoes and didn’t look back. I have two issues with traditional hiking shoes, though: They are heavy, and they hurt my feet after awhile.

Icebug’s Zeal-L RB9X managed to solve my previous hiking-shoe problems — and with style!

I really appreciate how light the shoe is. At first I was concerned about the lack of arch support; I have extremely high arches and have custom orthotic insoles that go into any of my workout shoes. I did a number of trails in Icebug’s without my insoles, and they managed to be BETTER than my shoes with them in. I can’t explain why — obviously, they are magic.

Riggins and his friend Kili want me to stop taking pictures of my feet and get going! (Photo by Wendy Newell)

Riggins and his friend Kili want me to stop taking pictures of my feet and get going! (Photo by Wendy Newell)

I have a feeling all of Icebug’s shoes contain that same magic, aka the result of years of research as well as top-notch technology and innovation. Head to their website to learn more about the Zeal-L RB9X along with the company’s other shoes.