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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Boots
From: Jim Brown <>
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2012 00:56:48 -0700
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On 4/19/2012 1:55 PM, Dick Green WC1M wrote:
> I use a pair of heavy leather hiking boots,

Shoes and boots are two of many product types that have, for the most 
part, turned into imitations of the real thing.  It is VERY VERY 
difficult to find real shoes and real boots, no matter how hard you 
look, and no matter much you are willing to spend.

I second the recommendation for a steel shank.  Sorry -- I have no 
recommendations. All I've been able to find for the last fifteen years 
are either worn out from long use and long discontinued, or imitations.

I've looked at Red Wing at their stores in the past few years, and what 
they are showing isn't even close.

The last time I bought boots, about four years ago, I tried ten 
different models of about five different brands from Zappos, and settled 
on the best of a bad lot.  I think I paid about $270. I very much like 
Zappos as a vendor, and I've looked at every brick and mortar store 
within range, including places like RE and various mega-sporting goods 
storesI.  As near as I can tell, no one uses their boots to hike or 
climb in the real world, but only on the imitation mountain faces in the 
megastores. :)

73, Jim K9YC

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