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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-25-2015, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
Scaling New Heights
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Default Boot heel seam

My girlfriend bought a pair of Oboz hiking boots and on the first trip out she got bad blisters. Upon further inspection the boot has a very noticieable seam in the heel area. The boots are Oboz Sawtooth i believe. I can run my finger along the seam/threads and they are very noticeable and I can feel them on my finger. No wonder she got blisters...

She can't return the boots and she paid a good sum of money for them.
What can she do to remediate this problem? Does anyone else have a similar pair of boots?

Thanks in advance (from the both of us!)
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-25-2015, 01:56 AM
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Some boot shops have steel tools that can be used to smooth such seams through pressure. You might try a shoe repair facility that specializes in hiking boots to see if they have such an item...

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 06-25-2015, 09:29 PM
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Good to know about those tools for the seams. For a particular pair of boots a while back I put duct tape on my heel to prevent blistering and it helped big time. The smooth tape meant there was minimal friction and of course the tape took the brunt of any rubbing that was there, not my skin. I wonder if in this case you could try putting some duct tape right over the seam? It'll smooth over the seam's ridge and the threading won't grab the sock, making the sock rub the skin. It won't get rid of the ridge completely though so maybe the repair shop tools are what's needed in the end.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 06-26-2015, 12:32 AM
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If the inner is leather, you can try soaking it with water (softening it), then wearing it around for awhile (but not hiking) to soften the seam.
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