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goobster  ·  143 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 29, 2018

I'm only a 12, but I used to wear boots exclusively. Timberlands, Docs, etc. I used to do the same shoe-cycling you do, to keep the wear down, keep them fresh, and keep my feet from getting nasty diseases.

I took a close look at my life about 3 or 4 years ago, and realized I need one EXCELLENT pair of boots to wear when I actually need them, and lighter-weight shoes for the rest of my life.

I have, like, 4 or 5 pairs of shoes like this, now:

I wear them most days for a couple of reasons:

1. They are much lighter weight.

2. They don't get stinky.

3. No ankle-rolling because they are basically flat. There's nothing to fall off of.

4. The bursitis in my knee has basically gone away, now that I am not lugging around 5 lbs of shoe with every goddamn step.


For the days when I need an actual BOOT, I go with Danner:

For your size 14 skis, I have no idea if any of this is helpful, but this is my experience moving away from the "I must wear boots every day" mentality, and the benefits I gained from it.

(Of course, if you work in a blacksmith shop on concrete floors 18 hours a day, 7 days a week, you can ignore this post... :-)