I want a new pair of boots.
June 1, 2011 9:12 AM   Subscribe

I have a pair of Bates EO2268 boots. There's a lot I like about them, but what I don't like is that after running around in them for a day, my feet are killing me. Please recommend alternatives.

My wife suspects that the stovepipe and relative lack of ankle flexibility (compared to other combat boots, I think they're pretty flexible, but compared to shoes, they definitely are not) is giving me plantar fasciitis, which I guess is possible. The ideal boot would be something that protects my ankles and lower legs, offers stability, a little toe protection, and waterproofing, but is also lightweight, flexible, and sneaker-like. I realize these qualities are probably mutually exclusive.

Bonus points for anything I can get through Zappos
posted by adamrice to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: I just read a book about Navy SEALS where the author swears by his Adidas GSG9s. But I think with any boot you are probably going to have to try some on to see how they fit you.
posted by procrastination at 9:16 AM on June 1, 2011 [1 favorite]

Good boots are not going to be comfortable or flexible on the first day that you wear them.

No idea if these will get better, but you can't judge a boot by your first day's experience with it. Breaking a pair of boots in can take months.
posted by schmod at 9:48 AM on June 1, 2011

Have you tried inserts?
posted by dhartung at 10:37 AM on June 1, 2011

Response by poster: FWIW, I have had these boots for months.
posted by adamrice at 11:23 AM on June 1, 2011

Some of them are crazy expensive but you could check out Danner. The factory I used to work in, in certain areas work boots were mandatory and the only boots anybody had were Danners. From Portland though I doubt they are made here of course.
posted by rainperimeter at 11:51 AM on June 1, 2011

Maybe these, from shoes for crews.
posted by AlliKat75 at 1:38 PM on June 1, 2011

Response by poster: I'm going to give those Adidas boots a shot and will report back.
posted by adamrice at 9:17 AM on June 2, 2011

Response by poster: Just got back from a camping weekend where I wore those Adidas boots during all my waking hours. Feet stayed warm and dry in cold, wet weather, and stayed pretty comfortable even after continuous activity. They're a little slow to get on and off, but that's the only knock I've found against them.
posted by adamrice at 3:45 PM on June 27, 2011 [1 favorite]

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