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Boots and Blisters--- mmmm new shooooes?

#1
hello, i know this forum is for all you pretty slodiers but wot the hey.

im an ACF L/Cpl looking to replace my old assault boots, i want to replace them with a set of smart leather boots for parade purposes (upto about £60) and a set of fieldcraft boots that are also appropriate for hiking ( top price about £65-£70). i dont know what boots to get though, my assault boots have lasted well but are nasty little things for hiking and i'd like to have more comfortable boots for FTX. any suggestions?
 
#4
im an ACF L/Cpl looking to replace my old assault boots, i want to replace them with a set of smart leather boots for parade purposes (upto about £60) and a set of fieldcraft boots that are also appropriate for hiking ( top price about £65-£70). i dont know what boots to get though, my assault boots have lasted well but are nasty little things for hiking and i'd like to have more comfortable boots for FTX. any suggestions?[/quote]

Cheap like the budgie!!

http://www.britishmilitarysurplus.co.uk/ishop/1069/shopscr4.html
 
#6
BeastAppreciationSociety. said:
comrade-max said:
sorry im a bit slow, what would that be
instead of two seperate sets, get one set of lowas, a set of bridgedale socks and you will be :D :D
He said he wants a pair for fieldcraft (that'll be the lowas) but also a pair for parade purposes. Are you suggesting he does drill in his lowas, and bulls them up?

There are always pro and lowa boots second hand on ebay. What ever the regulars amongst us may think of pro boots, they would be ideal for occasional use by a cadet. You can also pick up cheap second hand ammo boots from ebay and the site linked to on a post above. You could kit yourself out quite well for under your £130 budget.
 
#7
BeastAppreciationSociety. said:
comrade-max said:
sorry im a bit slow, what would that be
instead of two seperate sets, get one set of lowas, a set of bridgedale socks and you will be :D :D
Don't forget the supafeet insoles for otterburn/dartmoor/brecons style tabbing and dualstrike sorbathane for lighter work.

Having said that last thursday after 22 miles my feet were in tatters even with my lowas, but I hadn't done any trekking for about 8 months before then.

Lowas or pro-boots tend to be warm and comfy, get a 2nd hand pair but make sure they're in good nick. If they're good they'll last you years. Not much of an idea on smart boots - why not just get a brand new pair of c95 assault boots, they're reasonably good leather and bull pretty well...ish (oh, and cheapish)
 

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#8
got a brand new pair of CAB's off Ebay for £15 posted, and a pair of Proboots mint in the box for £35 posted. job done for £50.
 
#9
boney_m said:
BeastAppreciationSociety. said:
comrade-max said:
sorry im a bit slow, what would that be
instead of two seperate sets, get one set of lowas, a set of bridgedale socks and you will be :D :D
What I was trying to suggest was as follows. He mentions that he has a set of boots for parade, keep them
comrade-max said:
my assault boots have lasted well but are nasty little things for hiking and i'd like to have more comfortable boots for FTX.?
Then use the money to get himself a set of lowas which will last him years which covers the hiking/FTX aspect that he mentions.
 
#10
BeastAppreciationSociety. said:
boney_m said:
BeastAppreciationSociety. said:
comrade-max said:
sorry im a bit slow, what would that be
instead of two seperate sets, get one set of lowas, a set of bridgedale socks and you will be :D :D
What I was trying to suggest was as follows. He mentions that he has a set of boots for parade, keep them
comrade-max said:
my assault boots have lasted well but are nasty little things for hiking and i'd like to have more comfortable boots for FTX.?
Then use the money to get himself a set of lowas which will last him years which covers the hiking/FTX aspect that he mentions.
(my bold)
So long has his feet don't grow.
 
#11
my feet wont grow they stopped when i was 12, i could just buy some iowas for FTX and use my assault boots for parade. Thats someting though ive bin in cadets 3 years now and neva bin taught how to bull i know it invlove polish, water and alot of time can someone explain
 
#13
PartTimeSJT said:
Are these lowa's all there cracked up to be?.....are they the dogs danglies are they worth £145 new?......does the goretex liner do its job well?
They were until the last two times I used them, since then I've wavered. The leather is very good quality, the goretex does seem to work and the soles are very good. Once you've worn out the soles you can have them resoled - so they last for years.
However I find they get too hot in summer, my feet sweat too much and that can cause blisters. I might just need to change my sock type though.
The other thing is once you've got them wet - which can happen (go through a river, or a bog or something, dartmoor etc) then they take ages to dry and the interior lining does soak up a load of water. If you're going to be going somewhere where water will come over the top you're probably better off getting waterproof socks (are they all they're cracked up to be? I'm considering somone).
 
#14
ive got some Kefas combat boots which wen all considered wernt cheapies (80 squidders) and there "sympatex" lined ....ive made a promise to myself if they dont get any better by christmas time ill buy a pair of lowa combat boots, or a pair of Altbergs. p.s thanks for input , much appreciated.
 
#15
comrade-max said:
my feet wont grow they stopped when i was 12, i could just buy some iowas for FTX and use my assault boots for parade. Thats someting though ive bin in cadets 3 years now and neva bin taught how to bull i know it invlove polish, water and alot of time can someone explain
It basically involves putting a VERY small amount of polish on your duster and going round and round in tiny circles with your finger tip, adding drops of water from time to time. When the polish stops smearing around you start again with another tiny bit.

You won't see anyresult until the polish builds up unless the leather is already very smooth. For thsi reason you often start with a thick coat of polish which you spread on smoothly and leave to set before the process above.

On the blisters question, I have these strange protrusions from the backs of my heels that cause me no end of problems as they rub raw, and even more so since the change from the MkII to the assault boot. Does anyone know what to do about this? Can a chiropodist do anything?
 
#16
i've got some of those 1000 mile socks which i used for a night nav the other week, and i reckon my boots wernt tight enuf because i had blisters the size of ten pence pieces ( no lie) is there any other way to solve this problem, wat socks have you found that prevent blisters? once agen input much appreciated
 
#17
PartTimeSJT said:
i've got some of those 1000 mile socks which i used for a night nav the other week, and i reckon my boots wernt tight enuf because i had blisters the size of ten pence pieces ( no lie) is there any other way to solve this problem, wat socks have you found that prevent blisters? once agen input much appreciated
I've just worn out my 1000 mile socks, so decided I do too much walking. I get blisters with whatever socks I wear due to the same strange shaped heels described by someone above. Basically any good quality socks will help, some people use thin socks inside thick trekking socks. Some people like just one thick pair. Experiment. Good insoles can help - dual strike sorbathane (but they give me too much movement), or supafeet.
Work out how to tie your boots best - too tight and you get pain when your feet swell, or in your ankles or across the roof of your foot.
You tend to get blisters when your feet are wet (not exclusively though), so work out why they were. Did your boots let in water or were your feet sweating?
The other thing can just be doing too much too soon, if you're not used to boots your feet will take a while to adjust.
 
#18
i wear the same pair of boots most mon n wed nights, and i wore them for nearly 2 weeks solid, it was only really on my night nav that i found them to be hurting, there is next to no chance there letting in water as there "sympatex" lined and ive nikwaxed them but it might have been sweat and not tight enuf.
 
#19
For bulling boots -the butlers guide to bulling boots

I've used lowas all year round, as crabby mentioned occasionally on the hotest of hot days, last month, they did start to get a bit gunky, but all it needs is to adequately powder your feet e.t.c. As for the waterproof socks , i've only ever tried seal skinz but had no complaints.
Socks wise after trying a few brands , i've gone for thorlos. PartTimeSJT-you mention you have recuring blisters, the thorlos have a reinforced section at the heels and toes , perhaps this is your solution?

As for the gore-tex , I opted for the non Gtex variety. Not only was this cheaper but my rationale was that invariably once my feet were wet they would dry quicker if the boot didn't retain the water, which I thought would help my boots dry quicker, yes they have got wet many a time and they have dried out but not having a Gtex set I can't compare and contrast, haven't noticed much difference between the drying abilities of the issueVsLowa.
My main reasoning behind getting lowas was doing all tarmac cfts and getting shin splints towards the end, the combination of sorbothane sole, thorlo socks (with thin cotton ones to cut down on friction) and lowas I've never had a twinge. :D
 
#20
PartTimeSJT said:
i've got some of those 1000 mile socks which i used for a night nav the other week, and i reckon my boots wernt tight enuf because i had blisters the size of ten pence pieces ( no lie) is there any other way to solve this problem, wat socks have you found that prevent blisters? once agen input much appreciated
In certain shops you can get soles custom made to your feet, have a look in a climbing mag that gives the adresses of the nearest specialists. Perhaps this might elp but as crabby says its down to experimenting with diff combos. Alternatively , go and see a company called Altberg ( the factory is in richmond Nr catterik, i think) you have to pay slightly over the odds compared to shop bought ones but they wwill custom make them to your feet, which can only help. altbergs custom made boots
 

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