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The primary difference this will make is that they'll be just a little easier to "walk in" as some of the work has been done for you already. At the point where they're truly comfortable they'll be a lot more creased than that, and it's only after that point that you'll really be able to put the miles on them. It's cosmetic, don't worry about it.


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I recommend you bring your shoes to a professional shoemaker / cobbler. The issue you are describing in where your seams crack sounds what I have had multiple times in the past, and my shoes were easily fixed by a professional back then. Personally I would recommend against trying to fix this yourself, unless you have the experience and tools to do so the ...


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Consider using a thin poly inner sock followed by a vapor barrier liner sock, followed by a thick wool or synthetic wool outer sock. Then put a super-gaiter over your boot. The VBL sock will prevent sweat from degrading the insulating capability of the outer wool sock. The super gaiter will provide water and wind protection, and add another insulating ...


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The only boots that I can think off, which are really easy to clean beneath a tap are rubber boots. These, however, are mostly not very suited for hiking: most of the available ones are made rather cheaply, provide neither good soles, nor good comfort or stability. And of course their breathability is essentially zero. Unless you buys some very specifically ...


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Rust is iron oxide (Fe2O3) so it is produced by exposure to oxygen in air. To protect, you need to prevent air from getting to the hooks/loops. The easiest way to do this will be to oil them - spray some light lubricating oil onto a cloth/paper towel, rub over all surfaces of the hooks.


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I have had an old pair of work boots do this, I used shoe goo [what I happened to have] and they lasted months longer, I am less sure if I would trust it for a hiking boot. It will depend on what kind of terrain weather and distance you normally go. If you mostly hike in good weather, easy trails and less than a few hours long, sure go for it, worst comes ...


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