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Q&A Are there ice-skates that will strap to a full shank mountaineering boot?

I was hiking through the snow to a frozen alpine lake and it made me wonder if there were ice-skates that would strap directly to a mountaineering boot instead of being a completely separate boot? ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A Footwear for one month in wet climate

Are there any suggestions on what footwear to wear in a wet climate (specific: Vietnam in September)? The use case would be mostly walking on streets, with occasional hikes in easy but slippery te...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Haini‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A Winter boots for -40°C that are snowshoe and crampon compatible?

One should never let middle age men sit around drinking and reliving the glory days of their youth on a holiday weekend. I think I may have agreed to a mid January Presidential traverse in the Whit...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by StrongBad‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A Post-hike shoe care

How do I get rid of bad smell of mountaineering boots / skiing boots which comes from sweaty feet? I know the best way is preventing that smell by putting them in a ventilated area, but sometimes ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by cerv21‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the fastest method to 'break in' full leather boots?

After purchasing full leather boots (similar to these boots) I had many blisters for the first few hikes until I broke in my boots. What are the fastest ways to age the boot so that when my foot w...

7 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Patrick‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

Question hiking boots footwear
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Q&A How to repair the broken stitching and seams in my leather boots?

After several years of abuse and poor care my boots have completely gone at the seams around the inner ankle (see photos) What can I do to repair my boots? My current plan is to just get some t...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by nivag‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to clean trail running shoes?

I've asked all of my trail running friends and the general consensus is to simply hose them off in the sink (some even just wear them in the shower...). I'm concerned that leaving soaking wet shoes...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Atlas‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Running shoes for asphalt + winter conditions?

What is the good choice for the running shoes for winter conditions in city (mostly running on asphalt)? When the snow is shoveld, normal running shoes would be no problem, but when the snow fallin...

5 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Danubian Sailor‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to repair worn hiking boot eyelets

I noticed one of the eyelets on one of my hiking boots is very worn. The lace was fraying at the point of the worn eyelet, so I have put new laces in. However it does not look like the eyelet will ...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by vegemite4me‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What to look for in wellington boots

So this actually stems from the fact my last two pairs of wellington boots have split - as have my husbands, and his were a different brand - my boots were both Joules (~£45 so low-mid range boots)...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Aravona‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

Question boots footwear
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Q&A How stiff of a sole should I look for in hiking boots?

There is a spectrum of sole stiffness in boots, from full shank on mountaineering boots to the easily bendable ones on really cheap boots. The way to test is to push in on the shoe lengthwise and s...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I fix my boots by gluing the soles back on?

The sole of my trekking boots get separated from the boot body. Since the boots would be otherwise usable - they are more than ten years old but without much use - repairing them would be an option...

10 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Pere‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What model of Hanwag boots are those?

I bought a pair of Hanwag boots late in 2013 at Naturkompaniet in Norrköping, Sweden, and I've never loved a pair of boots more. But now at least one of the shoes is in a bad state and a repair sh...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What type of glue is best to repair/resole cross country ski boots with plastic soles?

Does anybody know a good type of suitable glue to repair a delaminated sole on (modern) cross country ski boots with plastic soles (Rottefella NNN in particular). The delaminated part is in the fro...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Martin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Boots or trail runners with reference to blisters?

I know that I can significantly improve my hiking efficiency by reducing the weight of my footwear. However, I have historically had trouble with blisters while hiking. I also often do long distanc...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Richenda‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Technique for swimming with fins?

I recently bought some fins... Short, much stiffer than some fins used by divers these are more aimed at surfing. I can feel they make me faster but am struggling with technique. I feel I'm fighti...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Mr. Boy‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does a pound on your foot equal 5 pounds on your back?

I have heard a number of people say that a pound on your foot equals 5 pounds on your back. Is there any hard evidence to support this claim and how does the terrain affect it?

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by StrongBad‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why go without socks with climbing shoes?

I've been going climbing (indoor bouldering) for about six months, using shoes I rented at the gym, and wearing socks (and everything was fine). I've recently got a pair of climbing shoes, and want...

6 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Eyal‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Restoring water repellency in leather hiking boots

I have a pair of leather boots that are a couple of years old. They were fairly expensive and I'm not a big fan of discarding and replacing things so I'm hoping they can still be of use to me. The ...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by tomfumb‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where to buy running shoe sole replacements?

I've got a comfy pair of runners that I primarily use for walking. I've put them through the wash a few times and they come out spotless. The only ware is on sole, which appears to be 1/2 cm thic...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by ElHaix‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the options for stopping wetsuit booties becoming water logged?

Whenever I surf with wetsuit booties on, either the boots themselves become waterlogged or the leg of the wetsuit fills with water. I've seen people use tape. Is this an effective method? What tape...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by br3w5‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to wash hiking boots

I have a pair of GriSport boots. They are natural leather, with SimpaTex membrane. I use them for biking, weekend hikes and general wear in the winter in the city: salt and car oils everywhere. Th...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Vorac‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How much time/distance on average does it take take to break in hiking boots?

If you are buying new hiking boots before a trip there is a break in period before the boots get comfortable and you don't want to go on a long backpacking trip with brand new boots. Time will depe...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is leather superseded as footwear material?

I grew up in the 80s and most of what seemed top outdoor/adventure footwear was made of leather. Leather, at least in my surrounding was considered supreme for shoes. But a lot of enhancement in o...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by amphibient‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How many miles should one expect to get out of a good pair of hiking boots?

They say that on average 400-500 miles is a good bet for running shoes, but for myself it's only about 300-350 miles before the aches of worn out shoes start to occur. It seems that shoes are one ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by wanderweeer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Boots: Does light damage affect waterproofing?

I am looking at a new pair of suede leather walking boots. Price is low due to one boot being in a shop window and so is faded and doesn't match the other boot. My question is: would the light dam...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Bambi88‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Climbing barefoot/in toe-shoes?

I recently went bouldering for the first time and liked it a lot. One thing I wondered about are the climbing shoes. The mostly form your feet to a very firm, compact package. So the following ques...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Paul Paulsen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is bog shoeing?

This question asks about bog-crossing grades of difficulty, and special equipment like bog shoes. What are bog shoes?

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there boots made for a longer 2nd toe?

I have a longer 2nd toe than the big toe (Morton's toe or royal toe). The major problem is finding boots or sports shoes that fit properly. If I didn't have this longer toe I would wear a 9 or 9.5 ...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by BillyNair‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Damaged Gore-tex boots

I bought Aku Slope boots with Gore-tex at a good price and as it turned out they have punctures in one place, which are probably minimal when I check them inside the shoe. I do not want to use the ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by snowboi‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Using hiking boots for amateur rock-climbing

What are the practical aspects of using good quality hiking boots (e.g. ones shown below) for climbing? Arguably, an outdoor enthusiast might be involved in various sorts of activities from hik...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Yogesch‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there any kid sized alpine touring ski boots and bindings?

Do any kid size (205 mm or 32 EU) ski touring boots and bindings exist? The smallest size I'm able to find is 220 mm, 35 EU.

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by user1209304‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do the stitches on Adidas shoes' foot (out sole) make the shoes more durable for walking?

Are the stitches on Adidas shoes' foot (out sole) part for decor only, or do they have a purpose for more durability via sewing and gluing? (see on linked image, foot part with white stitches) I ...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Anne Kate‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What do I need to look for in good, quality hiking boots?

My wife and I are going to buy some hiking boots as we've been using regular tennis shoes anytime we go on a hike. What are the things I need to keep in mind when looking for a good set of quality...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Justin Self‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Timberland classic 6 inch boots for mountain hiking/trekking

The original Timberland classic 6-inch boots were made 40 years ago for the cold, wet and mountainous terrain of New England. They were innovative footwear for their time, but now have become mostl...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Yogesch‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What do you call what amounts to a modern hybrid between a sneaker and a high top moccasin?

Thirty odd years ago there was a fad for shoes generically called snow joggers. It was a super lightweight boot in appearence -- usually 6-8" tall, but with a very light construction throughout. ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Sherwood Botsford‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How long is Gore-Tex lining in boots effective?

I was reading a recent answer and found this statement for the great majority of users, Gore-Tex boot liners fail anyway, and sooner rather than later if any real mileage is being covered. In f...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What temperature is needed for heat molding ski boot liners? Isn't body temperature enough for that?

After a season of skiing in rental boots of all sorts, I want to buy my own pair. My options are: a local shop in a country where there's no snow and the prices are so high, online deals that ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Neeku‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Yellow Overboot Repair

I have a cut in the ankle of my boot (see pic). I'm concerned that any glueing/patching will not hold due to movement and flexing while walking. What is the proper method of gluing and patching t...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by B540Glenn‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Which brands make wider hiking boot sizes?

My old boots are dying. Sadly it took me quite some time to find them, and the particular brand is not made anymore. I have wide feet, like 4E wide, but some 2E boots will fit fine. Unfortunatel...

5 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should one purchase a smaller water shoe size?

Do water shoes (not socks) expand some so when purchasing you should go down a size? I wear 8.5 shoe but water shoes do not come in half sizes so wandering if I should go down to an 8 since the sh...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by MEL56‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Chacos: Toe strap or no toe strap?

I'm looking into buying some chaco sandals and tried on pairs with the extra toe strap and without. I've heard chacos can be uncomfortable to wear in and I'm wondering if the extra security provide...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by user80205‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should one buy a higher shoe size while buying hiking shoes?

I've heard this multiple times from different people that while buying a hiking shoe, always go for one size larger than what fits you perfectly. The most recent one being a local store where I wen...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Ricketyship‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Lacing materials for huaraches

I have been walking/running/hiking in my huaraches for about half a year now and have worn through 3 pairs of laces. I have been using accessory cord used in climbing as lacing material, since it h...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by DudeOnRock‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Getting Alpine Touring (a.k.a Randonee) boots for big feet

I wear US 14 / Euro 48 size shoes, and Alpine Touring / Randonee boots don't appear to be available at online retailers (e.g. REI and Backcountry.com) despite some manufacturers making them in this...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by ryanjdillon‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there B2 alpine boot brands in the UK besides La Sportiva and Scarpa?

I'm looking at buying some B2 rated alpine/winter boots for use with Crampons, etc. I'm trying to avoid paying full price for them (searching ebay, looking for special offers, etc.) as they are pro...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to prevent metal eyelets from rusting?

I have these hiking shoes that have metal hook type of eyelets. Since I frequently go to the leech infested areas of the western ghats in India, I'm forced to use salt on my shoes to prevent leeche...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Ricketyship‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What makes shoelaces so special?

The laces on my hiking boots broke years ago, and instead of going out of my way to buy a replacement pair, I replaced them with some lengths of paracord I had kicking around, albeit with the inten...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A FiveFingers or hiking boots?

I have been wearing Vibram FiveFingers exclusively for three years now. I day hike in them, I exercise in them, I go to to work with them, I hit the beach and swim in them. I have tried wearing "re...

12 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Varuuknahl‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are used climbing shoes safe?

We have several used gear shops locally, which also sell climbing shoes. I'm looking to start climbing and I am considering buying used shoes to save cost. Is it ever safe to buy used shoes, and ...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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