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Topic - How to choose a walking boot?

barrow_matt on 21 Feb 2014
I'm returning to fell walking after a few years and am not sure how to choose a boot that fits correctly? Any advice/tips?

I went out today did a few miles and got blisters on my right ankle and ball of my foot. My heel was lifting on ascent. I do have another pair of boots so will try them too. I was wearing some tight/wicking running socks under my hiking socks but that clearly didn't help.

If I went out to get a new pair though how can I test the fit, within a few steps in a shop?

Alternatively, any lacing tips to keep my heel down in my current boots. I think both pairs of boots I own are B1 so quite stiff, and are both leather. Not sure if that makes things worse?

My kind of walking is in the Lakes, reasonably fast walking, steep hills/rocky/scrambling.
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