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Is ankle support a myth?

There are a number of studies cited in this forum thread. Subjects were filmed at 60 Hz while on an inversion platform that suddenly inverted the right ankle 35 degrees . We measured 5 trials of ...
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How to you wade a river/creek without getting water in your boots

Water shoes You really don't want to be getting your walking boots wet under such circumstances, nor do you want your socks wet. So rather than going barefoot, swap to some more suitable footware for ...
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Can I fix my boots by gluing the soles back on?

Where I live, we just take such shoes to a Cobbler and he stitches the sole with the shoe all the way around within 30 minutes for negligible amount of money. And the shoes get a new life. Your boots ...
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Can I fix my boots by gluing the soles back on?

My experience with gluing boots and shoes is that it never does the job for long. Whilst this may to some extent be down to the glue I've used, I think it is also due to the surfaces having been glued ...
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Is ankle support a myth?

Since you asked for actual studies, I think a study on general ankle support in sports will be helpful (It focuses on basketball and volleyball, but has also some generic information that might be ...
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What's the purpose of dog boots?

They protect the paws from injury or already injured paws from getting worse (and having bandages ripped off). Things they protect from include: rough terrain - sharp rocks, etc. chemicals like salt ...
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Can I fix my boots by gluing the soles back on?

They were glued when they were originally made, there's no particular reason they shouldn't be reglued now. It's better than having no shoes or the heel flapping about as you walk. Though the glue ...
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Boots: Does light damage affect waterproofing?

No. If the boots have a Gore-Tex membrane, this is a PTFE film that is sandwiched between the inner lining and the upper. Light going through a glass pane is mostly harmless. For example, most of the ...
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How to you wade a river/creek without getting water in your boots

If going barefoot is not an option, then basically 2 are left Waders. Preferred by fishers standing in water up to waist. Heavy, take a lot of place, and keep in mind, you will sweat inside. Sandals ...
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What makes shoelaces so special?

Aglets, shoelaces being easy to find and in the right lengths, the smooth exterior and if you have the right kind, the ease of tying and staying in their knots. As a hobby knot tyer, (and member of ...
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How to keep small rocks and stones out of hiking boots?

Like Russell said, gaiters are what you need, there are many varieties, most are meant to help keep your feet and pants dry while moving through the bush, but in your situation I'd probably recommend ...
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What's the purpose of dog boots?

These boots are designed for a few purposes actually. Firstly, dogs paws can be affected by snow and ice - especially in breeds or dogs unused to colder climates. The boots help protect their paws ...
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How to stow backpack and boots whilst in a hammock?

It depends largely on the hammock size and personal preference. My friend's hammock has mesh gear pockets on the underside for storage, but he doesn't mind sleeping with the boots on or inside the ...
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Using hiking boots for amateur rock-climbing

For easy climbs you have quite a good chance to be OK with hiking shoes. The most important property for a shoe to be usable for climbing is, that you have to be able to stand on contact points so ...
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Can I fix my boots by gluing the soles back on?

I've had nice boots glued properly - the local shoe-mender took a look and said "this needs three-day glue, come back on Friday" Wasn't particularly expensive either. Those boots lasted years more,...
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Hiking boot fit: how snug should height of instep feel

A bit of pressure at the top of your foot will not cause any long-term problems, so long as it isn't causing any pain. Boots are designed to hold your foot in place — the snug fit in the midfoot is an ...
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How to stow backpack and boots whilst in a hammock?

Having been in the same situation and tried various scenarios, I've found the best way for hanging my boots is to keep a carabiner with me. I hook it on the loops on the back of my boots and hang that ...
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How to clean hiking boots

My boots are leather, as you've not stated what yours are made of at time of writing, here goes with what I do to clean my boots on walks and to store at home. Firstly for at home I will always leave ...
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Do alpine boots hurt when walking (not climbing)?

I am not entirely sure, but I think you are referring to boots like the La Sportiva Nepal. In this case, while these shoes are as you mentioned designed primarerly for technical mountaineering, you ...
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Can I fix my boots by gluing the soles back on?

My Merrell boots came apart like yours after a few years. I glued the soles back on with Gorilla Glue (original version, amber polyurethane) and they're still holding strong after several more years. ...
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How long is Gore-Tex lining in boots effective?

There are a lot of variables here so you won't get a hard-and-fast response. It will depend on the stiffness and construction of the boot, your usage, the amount that you sweat, the terrain and the ...
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What is the difference between hiking boots and “hunting boots”?

From that linked site, "Hunting" just seems to be a marketing term, since most of the boots appear in multiple categories. Here in New Zealand, professional hunters usually wear rubber lace-ups. When ...
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How to you wade a river/creek without getting water in your boots

Carry a couple of tall, tough plastic bags. Put one over each boot and you can wade up to the height of the bags on your leg. You may get small holes in the bags from walking on them, but if you're ...
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How to repair the broken stitching and seams in my leather boots?

Your best bet for sewing is to use a Speedy Stitcher. The thick gauged thread works really well in boot/shoe repairs and is easy to use. You will be punching holes through the leather which creates ...
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Sliding Insoles: does this need to be resolved?

Most insoles are either sized to fit, or cut to fit in your shoes, if your insoles don't fit right then you should probably buy new ones. But first I would question whether or not your new boots are ...
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Does it look like these boots are too long for my foot?

Hiking boots definitely must be bought a size larger than your everyday shoes. The space in front of the toe is essentially a requirement. Your feet swells considerably during a strenuous hike. Do ...
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How to keep small rocks and stones out of hiking boots?

The two answers suggesting the purchase of gaiters seem like a great idea. The same effect can be gained with socks. Either cut the elastic off of a pair of socks that are worn out. Or just roll ...
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How to clean soaked-in winter salt off boots?

Put them on a go for a hike where it is wet or snowy and not salty. The post How much sea water can I safely drink? has a bunch of words about salt and water in a body. Leather is skin. The same ...
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Hiking with boots untied?

This seems to be the definition of valuing looks over function. I mean, yes you can hike with the laces untied, but its going to make you more likely to trip and slip around and your feet are going to ...

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