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Old October 9th 07, 03:52 AM posted to uk.rec.walking
blackhead
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Default Recommend hard wearing shoes/boots or repair soles?

Hi.

I do a lot of walking, say around 5 miles a day and so get through
boots very quickly. The best usually last 9 months, the worst 2
months. So can anyone here recommend cheap, hard wearing boots?

In the main, the wear is at the sole, so perhaps some people here have
a few tips on how to resole boots/shoes or to protect the sole?

Thanks in advance.

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Old October 9th 07, 11:12 AM posted to uk.rec.walking
Gordon[_2_]
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Default Recommend hard wearing shoes/boots or repair soles?

"blackhead" wrote in message
ps.com...
Hi.

I do a lot of walking, say around 5 miles a day


Over what type of surfaces? And do you really mean 365 days of the year?

and so get through
boots very quickly. The best usually last 9 months, the worst 2
months. So can anyone here recommend cheap, hard wearing boots?

In the main, the wear is at the sole, so perhaps some people here have
a few tips on how to resole boots/shoes or to protect the sole?

Thanks in advance.


I can't remember anyone having to replace boots every 9 months when I was in
the army, and we DID live in those boots from dawn to dusk, every day of the
year.

perhaps a pair of Army Surplus boots?

BTW, repairing or renewing Vibram soles is quite a specialist task - you
won't get Timpsons to do it, and is thus fairly expensive.



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Old October 9th 07, 11:40 AM posted to uk.rec.walking
Nick Mason
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Default Recommend hard wearing shoes/boots or repair soles?

blackhead wrote:
Hi.

I do a lot of walking, say around 5 miles a day and so get through
boots very quickly. The best usually last 9 months, the worst 2
months. So can anyone here recommend cheap, hard wearing boots?

In the main, the wear is at the sole, so perhaps some people here have
a few tips on how to resole boots/shoes or to protect the sole?

Thanks in advance.


Are you sure you're buying the right sort of footwear for the type of
surface you're walking on?

What surface do you spend most of your time on?

Do you drag your feet?
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Regards
Nick

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Old October 9th 07, 09:33 PM posted to uk.rec.walking
mike[_2_]
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Default Recommend hard wearing shoes/boots or repair soles?

5 miles day is a lot? i walk that to work and back every day...

"blackhead" wrote in message
ps.com...
Hi.

I do a lot of walking, say around 5 miles a day and so get through
boots very quickly. The best usually last 9 months, the worst 2
months. So can anyone here recommend cheap, hard wearing boots?

In the main, the wear is at the sole, so perhaps some people here have
a few tips on how to resole boots/shoes or to protect the sole?

Thanks in advance.



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Old October 10th 07, 04:07 AM posted to uk.rec.walking
blackhead
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Default Recommend hard wearing shoes/boots or repair soles?

On 9 Oct, 10:40, "Nick Mason" [email protected] wrote:
blackhead wrote:
Hi.


I do a lot of walking, say around 5 miles a day and so get through
boots very quickly. The best usually last 9 months, the worst 2
months. So can anyone here recommend cheap, hard wearing boots?


In the main, the wear is at the sole, so perhaps some people here have
a few tips on how to resole boots/shoes or to protect the sole?


Thanks in advance.


Are you sure you're buying the right sort of footwear for the type of
surface you're walking on?

What surface do you spend most of your time on?

Do you drag your feet?
--

Regards
Nick


I walk along the pavement mainly

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Old October 10th 07, 04:30 AM posted to uk.rec.walking
blackhead
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Default Recommend hard wearing shoes/boots or repair soles?

On 9 Oct, 10:12, "Gordon" wrote:
"blackhead" wrote in message

ps.com...

Hi.


I do a lot of walking, say around 5 miles a day


Over what type of surfaces? And do you really mean 365 days of the year?

and so get through
boots very quickly. The best usually last 9 months, the worst 2
months. So can anyone here recommend cheap, hard wearing boots?


In the main, the wear is at the sole, so perhaps some people here have
a few tips on how to resole boots/shoes or to protect the sole?


Thanks in advance.


I can't remember anyone having to replace boots every 9 months when I was in
the army, and we DID live in those boots from dawn to dusk, every day of the
year.


Yes, but maybe you wore them on gravel which has a bit of give in it,
rather than the pavements that I mainly walk on.

perhaps a pair of Army Surplus boots?


http://www.army-surplus.org.uk/acata..._Shoes_12.html

Yes, these look good, but again it's the sole I'm worried about. The
soles which are as flat as possible seem to be the best, the thickness
tends to be misleading. Whereas the thickness of the sole appears to
be 1/2" usually it's mainly space with maybe 2mm of wear.

BTW, repairing or renewing Vibram soles is quite a specialist task - you
won't get Timpsons to do it, and is thus fairly expensive.


What's the hardest wearing sole? Do any shoe/boot manufacturer make
soles that really have the amount of sole they appear to have?


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Old October 10th 07, 10:26 AM posted to uk.rec.walking
Nick Mason
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Default Recommend hard wearing shoes/boots or repair soles?

blackhead wrote:
On 9 Oct, 10:40, "Nick Mason" [email protected] wrote:
blackhead wrote:
Hi.


I do a lot of walking, say around 5 miles a day and so get through
boots very quickly. The best usually last 9 months, the worst 2
months. So can anyone here recommend cheap, hard wearing boots?


In the main, the wear is at the sole, so perhaps some people here
have a few tips on how to resole boots/shoes or to protect the sole?


Thanks in advance.


Are you sure you're buying the right sort of footwear for the type of
surface you're walking on?

What surface do you spend most of your time on?

Do you drag your feet?
--

Regards
Nick


I walk along the pavement mainly


Pavement, so why boots at all?

I do a fair bit of walking on paved surfaces and I have two pairs of shoes
that I mainly wear for this.

I have a pair of Merrell walking shoes, they're a sort of cross between a
shoe/trainer/climbing shoe, I'm sure you know the sort I mean. I've had my
current pair about 5 years now and they show no sign of wearing out despite
covering similar distances to you every day. My dog walk route is 2 miles
every morning and the evening route is a little longer. I also walk a lot
further at weekends.

My other pair are even older, they are a pair of Clarks 'walking shoes. They
are waterproof, thanks to a Gore-tex liner, and have Clarks Active Air soles
which give remarkable comfort. Have a look on eBay, copy the following item
number into the search box;

#290166648120

If you really do want boots then my next door neighbour, a surveyor who work
on the railways, has been wearing a pair of those American boots used by
their police. They aren't cheap but he swears by them, he says they are
light, comfortable, waterproof and hard wearing. He spends all day in them
and says he'll never wear anything else.

--

Regards
Nick

 




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