[at-l] Time wounds all heels

giniajim jplynch at crosslink.net
Sun Jul 10 15:22:08 CDT 2011


I've got Salomon's, and before that REI Monarch.  I've considered switching 
to light trail-runner type of shoes, but just feel very comfortable with the 
support and protection of a full boot.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Cutter" <cutter78 at gmail.com>
To: "Victor Hoyt" <vnhoyt at gmail.com>
Cc: "at-l" <at-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Sunday, July 10, 2011 4:09 PM
Subject: Re: [at-l] Time wounds all heels


> 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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