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#201178 - 06/13/18 07:00 PM Re: All leather hiking boots [Re: OregonMouse]
Bill1952 Offline
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Registered: 06/10/18
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I went old school and bought Zamberlan Vioz GT Hiking Boots and no regrets. No break in - just went. Training for Philmont and after the trek, my feet and ankles were the only parts that didnt hurt.

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#201195 - 06/15/18 08:00 PM Re: All leather hiking boots [Re: OregonMouse]
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Originally Posted By OregonMouse


It turns out that it's the footbed, not that piece of leather around your ankles, that provides the stability.


Not sure I'd agree with that. Case in point-ski boots and the job they have.

No matter I'll continue with what I've done for decades.

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#201196 - 06/15/18 11:01 PM Re: All leather hiking boots [Re: tramp]
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There's a lot of difference between a hiking boot and a ski boot! The ski boot is basically like a cast, and i've never seen a hiking boot like that.

I didn't believe it either until I tried trail runners, forced by not being able to find women's boots without Goretex lining. My daughter was really skeptical! However, I have not turned an ankle a single time since I made the switch to trail runners 10 years ago, while I was constantly turning my ankles in the hiking boots!
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#201208 - Yesterday at 05:30 PM Re: All leather hiking boots [Re: OregonMouse]
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My experience follows OM's. I had terrible ankle problems when I wore high top shoes. Since switching to low top shoes I've had significantly less incidents of injury. I believe there was a sports medicine paper that backed up this claim. The idea is that wearing high tops reduces your ankles necessity to develop the appropriate muscles but does not offer real protection in hard slip where you are likely to have an injury. The few times I have injured an ankle I wear a Mueller type brace which offer considerably more support than any shoe. Even those high top leather boots that extend 12" or more up your ankle do not offer much support when broken in. Obviously HYOH and use what works for you, but it is something to consider.

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