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Boot & Sock Setup to Avoid Blisters
Jan 11th, 2018 at 10:15am
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Hey all,

I have had a pair of Meindl islands boots for the last 7 years. I have never been happy with them, but pushed through it as i spent the money on them. Mainly due to me constantly getting blisters.

Looking at getting some Lowa Tibet GTX instead. I am after peoples advice on their sock setup. Currently I use a thin good quality ice breaker sock with a second woolen sock ontop. So a two sock setup.

When looking at purchasing new boots, should i just fit the boot with a single pair of good socks e.g thorlos or still rock a double sock setup?

Do most people use the one sock setup, or do people use two?

Cheers for the advice in advance.

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Re: Boot & Sock Setup to Avoid Blisters
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I have the Lowa Tibets, I wear a single pair of Bridgedale socks. Never had blisters. Did the same with a pair of Meindl Island Pro, never had blisters.
Make sure the boots fit properly and with modern boots blisters should never happen.
  
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Sounds odd but recently did power of walking using horse bandages for puttees instead of the neoprene ones. Feet felt so much more comfortable in the bullers.
  
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Horse bandages were all we ever used in the 70's. Worked great, especially in rivers. Came in handy on the odd occasion as a sling if someone did their arm in, or needed a splint held tight. Can't do that with these flash patties these days Cheesy
  
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I'm the same as Stug, Lowa GTX and Bridgedale socks, never had a blister and that includes a few kms with wet socks.
  
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I have the lowas too, never needed any special socks just use some from farmlands etc, never had an issue even if they’re wet. I do recall being told by ski instructors never to wear two pairs or you’ll get blisters. Same may apply for walking boots?
  
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Reply #6 - Jan 12th, 2018 at 8:33pm
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I'm the same as you Appers, wear a thin pair of merino socks under a pair of bridgedales.
  
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Reply #7 - Jan 13th, 2018 at 8:22am
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I use a Bridgedale liner sock under a Bridgedale outer sock, boots are Island pros- very comfy no blisters ever.
  
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I swear by two pairs socks if doing big kms with weight especially
  
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Sock and boot selection is a very personal thing, find what works for you and stick with them, used bullers, norsewears and canvas or horse bandages for 15 yrs, then over the past 10-12 yrs have been using good quality leather boots (meindles or Andrews) and bridgedale hiker socks (winter) and lite bridgedales socks in summer. Kms were any where between 120 and 250 per 10 day trip, 20 to 22 trips per year for 20+ yrs, notched up a few Kaweka challenges and southern traverses in the bullers in a previous life

When you get a new pair of leathers soak them in water and wear then wet for the 1st month and they will mould to your feet properly, carry a foot kit if you don’t do a lot of walking or have soft feet, clean and dry your feet each night , talc powder and clean socks , also carry some strapping tape and blister blockers and deal with hot spots on your feet immediately before they turn to blisters

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sako wrote on Jan 11th, 2018 at 3:09pm:
Sounds odd but recently did power of walking using horse bandages for puttees instead of the neoprene ones. Feet felt so much more comfortable in the bullers.



Been using home made Puttees using light canvas/calico type material for the last 55 years. Very comfee, supportive.

Cure for blisters is easy. your feet are too soft,  do more hard tramps, you feet have to get used to it. Smiley
  
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Tararua Hunter wrote on Jan 14th, 2018 at 7:18pm:
sako wrote on Jan 11th, 2018 at 3:09pm:
Sounds odd but recently did power of walking using horse bandages for puttees instead of the neoprene ones. Feet felt so much more comfortable in the bullers.



Been using home made Puttees using light canvas/calico type material for the last 55 years. Very comfee, supportive.

Cure for blisters is easy. your feet are too soft,  do more hard tramps, you feet have to get used to it. Smiley


Grin Grin Grin You're a hard man TH, But I think your advice is worth taking into consideration.

I have Lowa tibets and just use workboot socks from Farmers or the Warehouse. I do put a bit of strapping tape on if I feel a spot starting to rub. Usually rubbing is from having boots tied too loose, I find tightening boot a bit stops rubbing.
  

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Tararua Hunter wrote on Jan 14th, 2018 at 7:18pm:
Cure for blisters is easy. your feet are too soft,  do more hard tramps, you feet have to get used to it


yep, the only way to get hard feet is do the miles on them

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Reply #13 - Jan 14th, 2018 at 9:47pm
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I am on about pair ten of Meindl Islands.They fit me with almost no breaking in so I have stuck with them. If it aint broke dont fix it. First thing I do is throw away the factory inner soles and put in a softer one of the same thickness with a decent arch support. So much comfier and reduces foot soreness after a long day on the hill. Always wore farmlands type socks (one pair) but couple years back went to Bridgedales. They and thorlos are gold and make a real difference. Wear decnet puttees to keep sand and grit out. The more you walk the easier it gets.
  
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Re: Boot & Sock Setup to Avoid Blisters
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Years ago I always wore two pairs of socks inside Frames Footwear boots, a skinny pair on the skin and a thick pair over those and I did not get blisters. I use much more comfortable Lowa boots now and just one pair of socks and never get blisters. An old solution to soft feet in ugly boots was to soak the feet in meths which did a very quick job of hardening up the skin and the result was no blisters.
  
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