Serious Boot Failure

#4
Worn fairly regular, just seemed a coincidence I took a short cut across a Bulgarian building site then a few hours later the rot set in
 
#5
I took mine out of the cupboard a few month back and the soles stayed in the cupboard- wrong composition for the tropics I guess. Happened with another pair of shoes walking through Changi Airport- i had a weird feeling and looked behind me to see a trail of sole!
 
#6
Happened with another pair of shoes walking through Changi Airport- i had a weird feeling and looked behind me to see a trail of sole!
Similar thing happened to the wife last summer. She went walking in her Solomon boots and felt something was amiss, next thing the sole of one has completely come off. The rubber mid sole had just disintegrated.


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#7
Seen many pairs like this over the last few years. From well worn to new off the shelf just suddenly giving up their sole.

Was informed it was a bad batch but it must have been quite a large batch.



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#8
Those Britton style boots used to have soles that disintegrated a lot. However, they weren't as bad as the high leg boot soles that lasted centuries. Were they made of deleted uranium?


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#9
I think there have been a couple of threads on this topic - the last one was a bout 18 months ago, I think, and specifically about exactly this happening to Proboots. It certainly happened to mine and I have had exactly the same thing with Australian work boots, includng, quite recently, Blundstones. My man in the rubber industry tells me that any boot sole, or indeed, tyre, will have a finite life and then this happens.

Mind you, that being said, we do seem to have had more of this in the last 10 years than I was ever aware of before. Did it ever happen with boots DMS, for example? I wonder if the boot manufacturers have been seduced by the new product development fetish, what with things like 'dual density soles' and have changed the formula ?
 
#11
Those Britton style boots used to have soles that disintegrated a lot. However, they weren't as bad as the high leg boot soles that lasted centuries. Were they made of deleted uranium?


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Got a pair of these:



Had them over 16 years and they're still fecking indestructible! :)
 

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#15
Use the search Kit Monster has already said the reasons why it happens.
It's something like to make them flexible means they don't last as long. It's happened to me and its annoying when the rest of the boot is fine.
 
#16
My Pro Boots did the same, once the outer harder rubber goes the inner, being softer for comfort, soon wears away to nothing.

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#18
A few weeks ago I did a CFT and I noticed a stone stuck in the tread. It was really annoying and I couldn't scrape it out. By the 6 mile point I was tabbing with my ankles over pronating and trying to cow kick it out and getting shunted from the rear.

When I finally completed and took it off the sole was full of stones, the sole was like sponge, ripped up and convex, full of gravel.

I put them in for exchange and hey presto the next w end I did the sole in the second pair ripped in half and a huge chunk fell of the side of the ball.

Now, being a Stab we're still waiting for the Brown jobs so I've got to wear the Herrick winter issue black things which are huge and hot.

This is the 3rd pair which have gone west from new. The first pair went on the drill part of my seniors' course.

All three pairs were nearly new.

I hope I've enriched your lives with my incredible tales of boots.


 
#19
A few weeks ago I did a CFT and I noticed a stone stuck in the tread. It was really annoying and I couldn't scrape it out. By the 6 mile point I was tabbing with my ankles over pronating and trying to cow kick it out and getting shunted from the rear.

When I finally completed and took it off the sole was full of stones, the sole was like sponge, ripped up and convex, full of gravel.

I put them in for exchange and hey presto the next w end I did the sole in the second pair ripped in half and a huge chunk fell of the side of the ball.

Now, being a Stab we're still waiting for the Brown jobs so I've got to wear the Herrick winter issue black things which are huge and hot.

This is the 3rd pair which have gone west from new. The first pair went on the drill part of my seniors' course.

All three pairs were nearly new.

I hope I've enriched your lives with my incredible tales of boots.




Boots are supposed to have a max shelf life of 2yrs, as the rubber perishes.

I learnt that from our storeman when I handed a new set back after a de-clutter. He scraped them as he couldn't ascertain the life.


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