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mclay1234 09-13-2014 06:25 PM

Hiking boot resole - worth it?
I've had a pair of Scarpa SL M3 hiking boots for 6 years now and have put thousands of kilometers on them. This year my heels keep getting quite sore after perhaps 15 km on the trail. A bit of online research suggests this is because the shock absorbing materials in the sole are compressed and worn out. Otherwise, the uppers are in great shape and I love the boots!

My question is simply is it worth getting them resoled? Is this a process that usually produces excellent and dependable results or is it more hit and miss? Also, if does anyone know who can do this in Calgary (I've heard Spirit West is good - any experience with them?).

I'm not really concerned in this case about saving money, but rather saving these boots that are so perfectly molded to my feet.

Any advice is appreciated! Thanks!

Larry 09-13-2014 06:58 PM

I have a pair of Montrails I resoled last year with toe and heel welts and glad I did. They don`t make them anymore.
They were wore out and i had one sole fall off half way through a trip.[:0]

alexcanuck 09-13-2014 07:15 PM

Resoling only replaces the hard outer traction sole, doesn't affect the lining or "shock absorbing materials". Done mainly on good fitting boots in great shape to restore nice sharp tread for traction, especially for edging.

If by heel pain you mean blisters, likely the lining is worn and resoling won't help. Excessively worn soles can cause alignment issues and a deeper pain, if that, resoling may help.
Shock absorbing talk is mostly marketing, your feet have a far superior shock absorber in their fatty pads. You just need a good boot fit to allow the foot's natural (and amazing!) engineering to work. Feet vary more than manufacturers and retailers like to admit, and boot fit is by far the most important factor for comfort. Other peoples recommendations for a good boot are irrelevant, they must fit YOUR feet.

wilderness_seeker 09-20-2014 02:47 PM

I had a pair of the only boots that ever fit me resoled. Worked great and I got a few more years out of them. Make sure you get it done by someone who understands outdoor footwear.

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