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What is the point of hiking boots, versus any comfortable walking shoes?

You are using your old used sneaker-like city-shoes, sport-shoes or jogging-shoes to go hiking? Well, those are made for really flat paths without lots of surface irregularities and they aren't ...
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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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What is the point of hiking boots, versus any comfortable walking shoes?

There are many who nowadays shun boots and prefer to have lightweight footwear in all terrains and most weather conditions. It's worth having a look at Chris Townsend's website. He has hiked many ...
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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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What is the point of hiking boots, versus any comfortable walking shoes?

My ankles sprain easily. I have good quality walking boots that give good ankle support, because I need them. You may not. Everyone’s different. Yes, they’re heavier than runners, significantly ...
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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 is the point of hiking boots, versus any comfortable walking shoes?

The simple answer for me is that my feet hurt less. There are two factors that cause foot pain with regular shoes. The first is that rocks poke your feet through the soles. The second is that ...
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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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Painful leather hiking boots - persevere or give up?

Any advice is greatly appreciated; I can't really afford new boots Well there goes my #1 piece of advice - I don't want to rub it in too much at all, but it just goes to show how important it is to ...
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What is the point of hiking boots, versus any comfortable walking shoes?

As someone who's done a decent amount of hiking both with proper boots and a standby I used for years, hightop skateboarding shoes, here's the three major differences I've noticed: The boots ...
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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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How to dry Gore-Tex boots in the field

The army solution is to have two pairs of boots so that one pair dries while the other is worn (yes, even in the field). Another solution is to use goretex socks so that it doesn't matter what state ...
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What is the point of hiking boots, versus any comfortable walking shoes?

One advantage I'm missing so far is that hiking boots also protect the ankles against the outside (not only against sprainng): from getting scratched by or hitting stones, wooden branches sticking up,...
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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 harden feet to avoid blisters on long hikes

Stop PAMPERING Your Feet if you Want Them TOUGHER! Not sure what you mean by "liner socks", but one of the worst footwear mistakes a hiker can make is wearing TWO pairs of socks. I would sincerely ...
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What is the point of hiking boots, versus any comfortable walking shoes?

The simplest answer is this. Hiking boots, with their higher top, prevent material such as stones, mud, snow, and water from easily getting into the shoe. If I hike on a graveled trail for example, I ...
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