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Never had a problem with leather boots cracking. I wipe/brush them clean, apply copious amounts of dubbing, then leave them for half an hour or so in a warm place. After that, a light brushing and they're good to go.

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My boots fail due to leather cracking and subsequently leaking rather than the soles failing TS. ..

As you say, with daily use in wet conditions they rarely get a chance to dry out naturally and so waxing is limited to the dry months ( ha! )

I try and use something like Nikwax even when they're wet. I know I'll forget if I don't do it almost straight away when I get back. I take the insoles out and remove the laces and leave them wide open. I do find as the moisture evaporates on the inside it draws the wax into the leather. Then I go out next day and it all gets washed out! I also think waterproof membranes slow down the drying out.

 

Turning into a couch potato this year - very little walking for me. Most of the time since August seems to have been spent decorating, plumbing, laying floor screeds, fixing holes in floors, fixing up the garden et al.

 

TS

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I've had a pair of Bates GX-8's for over a year, worn at least 5 days a week for 12-18hrs a day and only now are they getting worn.

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For thise who are into walking what Brand do you suggest. Most brands dont seem to be waht they used to be. My current Meindls are 2 years old and have just been sent back to Meindle for a assesment. The report being there totally worn out.

At the most worn once a fortnight, cleaned every time and always re-protected.

I`m a bit miffed that £160 boots would wear out that quick. So before spending out again wondering what others suggest.

 

 

I was only complaining about my latest meindls being terrible compared to the previous pair to a friend last week who's had similar issues. I've gone back to my trusty lowa which are on their last legs really but after 5 years of heavy use then relegated to gardening knocking about boots and now back in service and still comfortable and waterproof I'd happily buy them again my friend has gone to hanwag which he says are very comfortable and seem to be wearing well. I need to get into a shop and try some one to see what the fit is like for me but having seen his they're extremely well made similar to lowa so for me it'll be down to fit when I try them on but it will be either lowa or hanwag.

 

 

I have found work boots not lasting the same. A make I have used all the time now wear out quicker and their sizing is different, Ie I now need a larger size in their brand. May be they are all the same now.

Work boots I swear by haix these days current pair over 2 years old still waterproof comfortable and showing no signs of failing not cheap but I wear them at least 8-10 hours a day 5 days a week so worth spending the money on.

 

I bought a pair of Lowa boots with the Vibrant soles about ten years ago.

So typical of German technology they are as good today as when I first bought them.

The only thing is they don't bed in very well and I still Elastoplast my heels before doing a long hill walk over ten miles.

Good boots though, even if a bit overpriced.

If they've lasted 10 years they're not overpriced you've paid for the quality which made them last that long, get some decent insoles if you're heels are moving a bit this will help or keep bathing your feet in surgical spirits until they toughen up ;)

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Be intresting to see how many people with boots that have lasted 10 years plus have replacement boots that do the same

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Be intresting to see how many people with boots that have lasted 10 years plus have replacement boots that do the same

 

I'd put strong money on Lowas lasting the build quality is still there and they're still made in Europe as are hanwag which seem as well built. If they're looked after I don't see any reason why they wouldn't obviously soles wear if worn on Tarmac etc all the time but that would go for any boot.

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I had a pair of Hawkins walking boots which I wore most weekends doing 30ml walks on a Saturday & Sunday with the IVV & some longer ones with my dad, had these boots for about 6yrs before I changed them, But Hawkins are not longer in business

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I had Hawkins Braemar. Brilliant boots.

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Another vote for Lowa, (Renegade in my case). I bought them in a specialist outdoor shop (Gibb in Brecon). They were happy to bring out and let me try on about 20 different pairs of boots until I found a pair that properly fitted me. The owner noticed that I have "high" feet, (NOT the smell, honest!!), i. e. my feet are quite "tall", so if I don't get a good fit, the boots are very uncomfortable. The boots are worn every day during the winter, and two or three times a week during the summer. Washed and treated when they are not in use, and they are now 4 years old with no real signs of wear. Expensive? £160 and they've lasted 4 years and show no signs of wearing out yet, so, not really. Would I get another pair when (if) these wear out? Definitely yes.

 

Mike.

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Ive looked at the Lowa boots this week and dont seem to impresed, wonder if these have gone down hill too.

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Ive looked at the Lowa boots this week and dont seem to impresed, wonder if these have gone down hill too.

 

In what way? I tried some on Thursday and they seem exactly the same as my originals I'm looking to try some hanwag too otherwise I'd have bought the Lowas there and then

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Ive looked at the Lowa boots this week and dont seem to impresed, wonder if these have gone down hill too.

Have you checked out the Lowa Mountain GTX boots. ?...... They are military grade and as good as any I've worn in the past. ...

 

http://www. lowamilitaryboots. com/lowa-mountain-boot-brown-gore-tex

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Yes, there the ones i looked at, the problem seems to be the sole, the rubber seems so soft, just cant see it lasting.

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Yes, there the ones i looked at, the problem seems to be the sole, the rubber seems so soft, just cant see it lasting.

 

The soles are Vibram t5van. .......arguably the best soles available. ..... It's also worth noting that the soles on these boots are renewable. ... unlike most boots, whereby you have to buy new boots if the soles wear out. ....

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Thats part of the problem, the Vibram soles on my Meindl have only lasted 2 years and are totally mullered and the new Vibram sole seems so soft, just cant see it lasting, even the guy in the shop said you may be better seeking a different sole manufacture as were having so many brought back.

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Thats part of the problem, the Vibram soles on my Meindl have only lasted 2 years and are totally mullered and the new Vibram sole seems so soft, just cant see it lasting, even the guy in the shop said you may be better seeking a different sole manufacture as were having so many brought back.

 

That surprises me, the problems I've had with my meindl are stitching/glue related the soles are fine, my Lowas are well worn now but they are circa 8 years old. I haven't heard of vibram wearing out too fast before are you doing mainly road miles? Mine are mainly used fields tracks etc etc not much on the pavement. Haix who make my work boots don't use vibram soles they're 2 years old with plenty of tread wearing very well used 90% on concrete or metal floors they also make walking boots which I haven't tried personally but if they're as well made as my work boots they will last well.

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I must confess, most of my mileage is over fields and rough tracks. ...very little tarmac involved. ..

Because I have a dodgy knee my heel wears down unevenly whatever soles I choose. ... up till now the leather uppers have always failed before the soles. ..
I've found that the leather on my Lowa's appear to be lasting longer than on other boots I have worn in the past. .
I'm resigned to having to buy new boots every 2- 3 years no matter what . ...

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I can confirm the more recent boots I've had with Vibram soles just haven't lasted like their predecessors.

 

I've had them resoled at Feet First in Chesterfield and have been delighted. I did tell them about the poor life and they recommended a particular sole. Took their advice and find they last much longer. Not cheap but if the rest of the boot is in good condition then less than a new pair.

 

TS

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I can confirm the more recent boots I've had with Vibram soles just haven't lasted like their predecessors.

 

I've had them resoled at Feet First in Chesterfield and have been delighted. I did tell them about the poor life and they recommended a particular sole. Took their advice and find they last much longer. Not cheap but if the rest of the boot is in good condition then less than a new pair.

 

TS

 

I wonder if vibram have changed the compounds used on newer boots which is meaning they don't last as long anymore

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I wonder if vibram have changed the compounds used on newer boots which is meaning they don't last as long anymore

 

Good point Sparkyy. .....

 

Manufacturers are continuously looking at ways of cutting costs ( including caravan manufacturers ) usually with the end result that quality is compromised at the expense of the customer. ...

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Another vote for Merrell here

 

Friends of mine report Salomon to be very good also

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Well, the wife treated me a the Berghaus i was looking at, non Vibram sole, also waiting to hear back from Meindl about the boots i sent back.

As for Tarmac walking, hardly any at all, only if a walk we are on takes in a small section.

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I really rate Berghaus Explorers - the leather ones. They last ages, they're light and comfortable.

For lighter walking, Mammut make great trail shoes.

And for trail running, it has to be Salomon Fellcross shoes; loads of grip, super light.

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On 29/11/2015 at 16:01, Wozerp said:

Love our Brashers, so comfortable, doesn't feel like you are wearing big strong boots at all. Both pairs 10 years+ old

The old Brashers were a good boot I bought a pair of super lites about 5 years ago an d the quality was poor at best currently using Scarpa GTX   2 years old and still going strong.  

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