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Some many 13 about years ago I bought a pair if Koflach Vertical Boots, and then life happened.
I may have made 1 hike maybe 2, and am not sure if even did.
Moving ahead this year i have been out every weekend and each time these boots have tried to cripple me. Each time I made something different with pads socks and tried several pair insoles and modified them heavily.
Each new test brought failure in around 3 miles, which made it a living hell getting out another 3 miles with burning feet.
Today on the trail at wind chill -10 I was again altering my latest failure to just get out of the woods, and found the soles of the bootie liners all cracking up and the heels have broken up and chunked off hunks of black powder and pebbles.
12 trips and the liners are about DOA. The boot shells appear brand new, but may see the consignment shop for cheap if i can't figure a fix.
What might be some options? These things have just plain hurt.
I think the liners are cheap junk. What other liners would work in these shells?
Then the shell has a 1/8 inch think closed cell foam inside ahead of the heel well. That seems to be as hard as a rock, and the liner sole has 0 padding and that combination sets my feet on fire, and tries to bruise bones.
And that is what I have been trying to get fixed. None of the foot beds have worked, Most have been cut to ribbons now, I cut several sets in 1/2. I tried old blue closed cell foam sleeping pad which worked well until it was crushed by repeated blows of my feet against the rick hard shells.
Or do I just stick red hot knitting needles thru these things and intone voo doo chants in hopes that the Koflach Vertical Boot designer is doomed to the fires on his feet surely found in HELL?
Last I almost think the area just behind my toes and or around the ball of my foot, but over where smaller central toe bones are that the shell is convexed up...... Can that even be?