I've just passed out of basics at Pirbright and me n the lads are trying to find out if we can wear our own boots at Larkhill for phase 2 training. I've got a pair of Lowa Combats on reserve. Any definate gen on this would be much appreciated.
I don't know about Larkhill but at ITC my platoon were allowed to wear our own boots for the last 2 weeks to break them in for Btn. I think they only let us do that though because we had passed Worcop and were officially allowed to wear rank slides aswel and had nothing else to pass.
One thing you can do is slap a decent pair of insoles in, the Viper 4 layer ones are really decent, an actual decent piece of Viper kit aka the polices version of webtex, heres the description I snagged off my own ebay page for them
Washable and breathable top quality insole, ideal for combat & hiking boots, walking and hiking shoes, cross trainers etc. Easy to fit and remove.
Layer 1: Moisture wicking with antibacterial to keep your feet dry and more hygienic
Layer 2: Odour-control carbon fibres
Layer 3: Foam padding
Layer 4: Dual density Polyou rubber.