Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Mon, 10 Apr 1995 09:49:00 MST
Seems a little odd this advice has not yet come out, so here goes.
First I cannot tell you the brand name on my boots. But I can tell you
where I purchased them. I bought the boots form REI in Berkeley about 15
years ago. Before I went to the store to buy, I read their catalog and
compared all the information about the boots. I had picked a pair I wanted
to buy because it seemed to best fit what I thought would be my needs. I
went into the store and tried the boots on. Thank goodness the salesperson
at that time knew something about boots. He encourage me to be honest
about them, I was, they bothered me a little (I thought it might just be
break in type stuff). He got me another pair of boots to try on. Wow,
these boots where great! They felt like they were already broken in.
These boots where less expensive than the pair I had originally selected.
As you can tell I still have them. As far as a six month break in period,
maybe for mountain climbing boots, but certainly not for hiking boots. I
went out in my mine almost with no break-in at all. Blisters, yes I will
admint to getting one once. It was well past year 8, I had not worn proper
socks (do not forget how important this is).
Prior to this I had purchased a brand name pair of boots, which I thought
would break in. Those boots got very little use, they just plain were not
comfortable. The store I purchased them from was not an outdoor store, but
a shoe store.
Bottom Line: My feet are different from your feet, what works good for me
may or may not work good for you. Go to a store that has staff that knows
something about hiking boots, not just a shoe store, and try some boots on.
If they feel like it will take some break-in before you will be
comfortable, do not buy them. True most boots will need some break-in
before the 50 miler backpack trip, but if they are not comfortable in the
shoe store, the break-in process will be a real pain, if it ever ends.
The most important ingredient is that the person selling you the shoes
knows boots and is not trying to sell you the most expensive pair, but the
Chris Haggerty, District Advancement Chairman,
Cochise District, Catalina Council, Sierra Vista, Arizona
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