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Sometimes change is lame...
For several years I kept changing the shoes/boots I bought because I'd buy a pair and they'd seem OK - but over time they proved not to be as comfortable. One set I had, some style of Lugz, actually proved to be the cause of the bad pain I was having in my left knee for a while. As soon as I stopped wearing them the pain cleared up - that's after X-rays, CAT scans, etc. I'm a big guy - 6'6" and close to 400# for those who don't know me - so I put a lot of pounding on my footwear.

Eventually I picked up a pair of Timberland Euro Trekker Leather Black boots, style 84160. And they were great. I wore them into the ground and they still felt good, so I got another pair and I've worn those pretty much daily for a couple of years. But the soles are almost worn smooth, the inner padding is pretty much all gone, and the surface of the leather is so scuffed and scratched that polishing really doesn't help anymore. I've been trying to find another pair since *last* summer when these were 'pretty well worn out' - now they're really worn out and have actually started to be less than comfortable for much walking. I'd called some months ago and was told they were seasonal and wouldn't be in production until the spring. So I waited, but they never showed up.

Well, I just called and got the news I expected - Timberland overhauled their product line and no longer makes that style boot. So I'm taking my chances with the boot which is kind of the replacement, the Euro Hiker Leather Black, style 85079. The lower part looks the same, with the same sole, but it looks like it doesn't come as high up on the ankle and it doesn't have as many eyelets. I ordered a pair and I'll have them in a week or so. I hope they're as good as the boots I've had.

I am: disappointed disappointed
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chiieddy From: chiieddy Date: July 2nd, 2004 04:26 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
You might do well with LL Bean shoes too. Same idea, more money to buy :).
carocrow From: carocrow Date: July 2nd, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Wow. You're like a foot taller than me. That makes me feel... small. Wow.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: July 2nd, 2004 05:08 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Most people could hollow me out and use me as power armor...
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: July 2nd, 2004 05:16 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
... though it would smell after a while.
carocrow From: carocrow Date: July 2nd, 2004 06:04 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
You have to consult a good taxidermist or leather tannery.
carocrow From: carocrow Date: July 2nd, 2004 05:30 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Hee Hee... what a thought. Well, I at least discreetly didn't ask you how big your feet are :-p
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: July 2nd, 2004 05:56 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Only a Size 13.
carocrow From: carocrow Date: July 2nd, 2004 06:03 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
*winks* That's plenty big.

I've only dated one guy with Size 13's, and he's in FL, too... on Death Row. No comparisons meant or made, dear.

zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: July 2nd, 2004 06:20 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
You don't think I'm in FL, right?
carocrow From: carocrow Date: July 2nd, 2004 06:29 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
No, I think I was typing and not editing at the same time. You're somewhere down the road from me, here (in that sort of nebulous way that everyone in MA is somewhere down the road from everyone else).

I think I was trying to say he is in FL as well as being a person who wears big shoes. Or something. But don't quote me on that, I'm a little scattered right now and don't even have liquor to blame for it.
From: ninjarat Date: July 2nd, 2004 05:56 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I've become rather fond of two brands of footwear.

Merell, initially for the suede moccasins and later the hiking sneakers and boots.

Ecco (not to be confused with Ecko) for sandals. LL Bean's boots with the sewn-in Gore-Tex liners are OEMed by Ecco. Other Bean boots may be OEMed by Ecco as well.
pfloyd From: pfloyd Date: July 6th, 2004 05:58 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Best pair of boots I've ever owned are the Hi-Tec Magnums. These boots are used by SWAT and mountain rescue units, as well as the SG teams on Stargate SG-1. These boots have saved my right foot twice from getting anything more than a sprain in a couple of situations. I love 'em. They take a little whiel to break in, but they're great.