quote:Originally posted by blackfly
My boots leak. The leather itself is cracked, and my feet have worn through the gore liner long ago.
My question is, seeing as how I don't want to go out and buy new boots, how can I keep my feet dry and warm (or at least warm) on a trip that will run a few days? I'll be tromping about in snow so there's no doubt my feet will be wet within a half hour of setting out. And there will be no possibility of drying my boots out.
I think I'll wrap my feet in plastic bags while I'm wearing the boots, and change footwear and socks while in camp? Anyone have any other thoughts or suggestions?
Is there a treatment that repairs cracked leather? I tried shoe goo but I have found that to be useless.
Blackfly, I hate to sound like your mother, but here goes: You need new boots! Your feet are what you walk on everyday. Treat them well. This is not the place to skimp.
If you insist on walking around with bad boots you could get yourself in trouble. What if the boots completely give out halfway through a multi-day hike? If the sole comes away from the boot or if one of the leather cracks opens up to become a hole, you could find yourself in a very difficult and potentially dangerous situation.
A waterproof sock will not help your foot against a hole letting in snow. You cannot seriously expect to walk about for a few days with plastic bags on your feet. They will be wet through with perspiration within half an hour, if it takes that long. Why would you subject yourself to that kind of discomfort? The more wet the skin around your feet is, the more susceptible you are to blisters, not a happy prospect!
I know this is lecturing but you really need to take good care of your feet. They deserve TLC!
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