143+ Miles and counting..

So if any of you have been following along at home, you know I’ve suddenly entered into the Gladiator of Blister Death Ring and have been having major battles with my feets.

Funny that none of this started happening until now.

So I decided to take stock and headed over to my neighborhood REI.  Now…I wish this REI was really in my neighborhood…but alas it’s like miles away from where I live now.  I used to live near an REI and that freakin’ rocked.  It was also dangerous to my pocket book.

Anyway a quick chat with the dude in the boots department, and he made some sock suggestions (as they do) and asked when was the last time I washed my boots.  What?  You have to wash the things?  There’s like maintenance?  And surprisingly there apparently is some maintenance. 

Today I took them out back and hosed them off, getting off probably two months of dirt, dust, and mud.  Not only did I hose off the outside, I hosed off the inside.  I should point out that currently here in Texas the average temperature during the day is what you would find in Hell, so I didn’t worry about the inside of the boots drying.  The next thing I did was take some Castile Soap put a few drops inside the shoe, fill with water, swish, empty, and rinse. 

Next, I figured after 143+ miles, I suspect the insole was shot.  So I bought some Dr. Scholl’s Massaging Gel insoles, cut to size, and outfitted the boots with those.

Lastly, I had bought some NikWax Leather Conditioner.  I applied that to all the leather and polished them up.  Not bad if I do say so myself.

My hope is all this TLC will convince my boots that I do love them, that I haven’t been meaning to take them for granted, and can we please call a truce over the blisters!

I’ll let you know if any of this works!

Clean Boots

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