[at-l] Time wounds all heels

Victor Hoyt vnhoyt at gmail.com
Sun Jul 10 14:31:57 CDT 2011

I have always regretted any attempt I've made to lighten my footwear. Many people thrive with trail runners, or low cut hiking boots. But I have the kind of feet that can't take anything but good old fashioned boots. I've worn Asolo TPS 520 boots now through about 2000 miles of day hikes and long trips. They have never let me down, and I have suffered no blisters. Best boots I've ever had. 

If your feet don't like light weight footwear, it's not a failure. Support is extremely important, particularly in the sole of the shoe. 


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On Jul 10, 2011, at 12:33 PM, Cutter <cutter78 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I completed a thru-hike of the Smokies Friday. Yesterday was spent in a post-hike vegetative state.
> Despite finishing the last mile in a driving downpour, it was a great hike, but I'm disappointed in how my feet held up. On the first day I was suffering from what appeared to be a bad case of plantar fasciitis. The pain was so bad I thought I might have to abandon the hike just as it was started.
> Thankfully, my feet strengthened over time and the pain mostly subsided, but blisters on my toes became a continuous problem.
> I was wearing a pair of Ecco Namco Mid GTX (with Superfeet Green insoles). The shoes are a bit of a departure for me. I know trailrunners are often recommended, but found that when I wore them I had ankle support problems. The Eccos have even more ankle support than I was used to, and that was welcome, but the other blisters were not an expected trade-off.
> I think moisture control contributed to the problem. The shoes did not breathe at all, and when it rained, it was like walking in a wet sponge.
> So here's a question: Should I ditch the boots or can they be salvaged so they don't tear up my feet?
> Cutter
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