I have had a pair of lowa combats now since about the begining of august, and they are brilliant however very heavy, and very very stiff. I would've thought that after having them for 6 months, they would be atleast wearable without running like a duck, and walking like a robot. I can hardly bend my toes. i keep them supple with polish etc. But are lowas just ver very supportive or just a pain in the bum-bum?