[at-l] Time wounds all heels

Cutter cutter78 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 10 15:09:49 CDT 2011


Hmmm. It turns out I still have an old pair of Asolos. I abandoned them when
I started reducing my gear weight. They are heavy boots and weigh a couple
pounds more than the Eccos, but it might be worth checking them out again.

Thanks for the advice.



On Sun, Jul 10, 2011 at 3:31 PM, Victor Hoyt <vnhoyt at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
>
> v
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> 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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