Author Topic: Is it me or what with boots  (Read 368 times)

OldBob

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Is it me or what with boots
« on: 15:48:39, 08/06/19 »
I dont walk miles and miles or that regularly to be honest but when I do I want me feet to feel okay and be dry. I have an old, possibly 20 year old, pair of one piece leather upper Scarpas that have been good boots, but the leather is starting to crack and look like it will split soon where my toes bend, so Im thinking of new boots and here is where the problems start.
Why can I not put a new pair of boots on and walk in them without feeling all the ridges inside the sole on the bottom of my feet, I use an orthotic arch insole because of my gait which is fairly solid but still between my old boots and any new ones I can feel the ridges, which after four of five hours is annoying. This by the way can occur in hiking boots from £50 to £200 in price.
Has anyone any suggestions on boots or something else I could try other than wellies. Special insoles whatever.


Owen

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Re: Is it me or what with boots
« Reply #1 on: 16:15:42, 08/06/19 »
Ridges? Are you sure it's not the insole rucking up?

OldBob

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Re: Is it me or what with boots
« Reply #2 on: 16:21:18, 08/06/19 »
I can feel lines under my feet some going across and some going along. Im wondering if soles are now shells reinforced with supporting ridges and midsoles are just cushioning.

kinkyboots

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Re: Is it me or what with boots
« Reply #3 on: 16:45:05, 08/06/19 »
Why can I not put a new pair of boots on and walk in them without feeling all the ridges inside the sole on the bottom of my feet, I use an orthotic arch insole because of my gait which is fairly solid but still between my old boots and any new ones I can feel the ridges, which after four of five hours is annoying.

I think you need to explain exactly what you mean by "feeling the ridges inside the sole"? There are no ridges for you to feel inside a boot as the the bit your foot/insole sits on is usually completely smooth and flat and that shape only changes when you add the insole/orthotic?

It could be that the soles on the make/model of the boots have been trying on are just too soft and flexible for the type of walking you do? What make/model boots have you been trying on?

It could be that your feet have changed over time and the orthotic insoles you have been using are no longer suitable for your feet? What make/model are the insoles and how old are they? Depending on how old the orthotic arch supports are they could be worn out and need replacing - they don't last forever as they get compacted over time.

As Owen says it could be caused by your insoles rucking up particularly if they're the soft spongy foam type.

It could even be the creases in your socks under your feet that you're feeling if they happen to be too big and/or badly fitting?

   

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Re: Is it me or what with boots
« Reply #4 on: 16:59:44, 08/06/19 »
I was going to suggest it was the socks, or perhaps very thin soles and the treads being felt through.
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OldBob

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Re: Is it me or what with boots
« Reply #5 on: 17:04:10, 08/06/19 »
Vibram soles these days possibly always consist of a moulded outer, the inner is  network/honeycomb of ridges to hold them together/strengthen them, there is then a midsole of sorts placed on top which could be soft whatever.

My socks are a good fit and are not getting ridges in them. My insoles are Foot Active Orthotic and are a new pair bought for new boots.

I have tried a pair of Grisport boots priced at the upper end of there range which have been returned and today a new pair of Scarpa again towards top of range to get width I needed. My old almost worn out Scarpas still fit better after walking in them with an older pair of the same insole in them.

kinkyboots

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Re: Is it me or what with boots
« Reply #6 on: 17:15:45, 08/06/19 »
It sounds like a trip to a proper bootfitters may be in order to get to the bottom of your problem and get you sorted out.

A couple down your way which may be worth a visit

https://www.lockwoods.com/index.php?act=viewDoc&docId=7

https://www.openair.co.uk/walking-boot-specialist-i30

If you ever get up to the Lake District these come highly recommended

https://www.whalleyoutdoor.co.uk/boot-fitting-service/

Bigfoot_Mike

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Re: Is it me or what with boots
« Reply #7 on: 17:29:14, 08/06/19 »
I had an old pair of trusted Scarpas that saw me through many miles of walking and scrambling. Eventually they had to be retirees the uppers were cut to pieces, the stitching was abraded and the sole needed replacing. Repair would have cost more than new boots. They were always comfortable, didnít need breaking in and I never had blisters. I then had a couple of pairs that hurt my feet - a 4 season pair in which the sole was too stiff for my overpronation and a non-leather pair that gave me terrible blisters.
I found that newer Scarpa boots appear to be much narrower than my original pair. I have ended up with a lightweight pair of Merrell MOAB II boots ( very comfortable) and a pair of Altbergs for tougher terrain. The latter have not really been tested yet due to injury To date I have only ever used the original insole and never felt ridges in the sole.

gunwharfman

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Re: Is it me or what with boots
« Reply #8 on: 11:34:21, 09/06/19 »
If it's not your boots or your socks, could it be that it's your skin that's causing the problem? For example, In the past, I once had a similar type of problem, a linear crack developed in the skin at the ball of my feet, very painful for a few hours.