/ Blister Nightmare
I'm a newbie to this forum but by no means a newbie to hiking and fell walking.
Last year I bought a pair of Salomon Quest 4D GTX. Over 100 quid, which is a fair outlay for me, being used to Berghaus fabric boots in the past (which have generally served me well).
Over the last 6 months I have done a number of longer hikes, and without fail after at the end of the walk, I end up with two large and painful blood blisters on the outer side of my heels, one on the ball of my foot and often on the little toes around the nail. I begin to feel the pressure and then then pain around 10 miles or so into the walk.
I have upgraded to 'blister free guaranteed' 1000-mile socks (dual layer), with a very slight improvement, but nothing significant. My boots are around 1/2 size larger than my normal foot size to account for swelling and feel very comfortable when I first put them on. Just done the Yorkshire Three Peaks this weekend, and once again was crippled by the end of the walk. I'm beginning to wonder whether it's just something I've got to live with - and am considering taping up my problem zones with duck tape before heading out as some people suggest!
Before I give up, or buy some new boots, any suggestions on things to try or things to look for in a new pair of boots?
I always pre-emptively tape my feet now. Used to never ever get blisters, but then got new boots and started getting them. Tried every sock combination possible then just gave in and started taping the bits that blistered. I use Strappal tape, it's great.
Experiment with two pairs of socks or different sock combinations too. In winter I use a coolmax sock under a woolen sock. In summer a cotton sock under a woolen sock. Vary the thicknes of the sock you use until you get enough padding.
I find that having a feeling of only just being able to get my feet into the boot with the two pairs of sock on at the start of a walk is a good indication, that I've got the sock thickness right. They seem to compress during the day.
Those of a certain age will remember the advice to toughen the skin up with surgical spirit..
Does anyone do that these days or has that practice in the same museum as hemp rope and nailed boots?
I'm no expert but could the fact your boots are a half size too big mean they are moving about more and this could cause rubbing and blisters
As I say, I'm no expert but this could be something to think about.
Different manufacturers have slightly different sizing so this could also be a reason why you got them a half size bigger but if they move about on your feet then this could contribute to blisters
Failing any of that working, it may just be that your boots simply don't fit.
I can tend to plump for the simple solution at times, but the thing which jumps out in my mind is that you're not using Berghaus boots anymore.
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