Boot grump

Jan. 9th, 2017 03:48 pm
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When my old walking boots literally started falling apart, a year of boot-related angst ensued: six months in which I clung, whimpering, to my old boots, and insisted on wearing them even though they were becoming more hole than boot; several weeks of trying on every pair of boots on sale on the island, some of them twice; then six months of hating the new boots merely because they weren't my old ones. From the start, they never gave me blisters, but the heel was a bit bigger, and I resented it bitterly for this.

Once I got over this somewhat irrational hatred, I realised that actually these new boots were rather awesome: comfortable, far more waterproof than the old ones, and exuding an air of indestructability. Despite this, the day will doubtless come when they need to be replaced, so I recently decided that I'd avoid a repeat of the trauma of a couple of years ago by buying another identical pair. This would also allow me to keep a spare pair in the mainland car, to avoid the need to ferry boots to and fro over the Solent when we go on holidays.

This leads me to the following points.

- Why don't shoes and boots have the name of their style clearly written inside, to aid people who want to rebuy them? By careful comparison of pictures, I deduced that I was looking for a Bergaus Explorer Trail ladies' light hiking boot, as opposed to a Bergaus Explorer Trex or a B. E. Trail Plus or a hiking boot (non light) with a similar name, or a walking shoe with a similar name. It would have been nice to have been told.

- It's very annoying that boots stay on the market for only a year or two before disappearing. I expect the company wants to have a constant flow of new products getting reviews, and they can go on about new improved designs and new technology and the like. But it can be really hard to get boots that feel good, and chances are, the "new improved" version isn't going to work for someone who was utterly content with the old model. It would be lovely if you could buy a boot in 2014, secure in the knowledge that you can reasonable hope to replace it with exactly the same version in 2017.

- It is very annoying that when, following many failures, you eventually find a website that - yay! - has the boot you want and it lets you select its size and its colour and add it to basket... only to reveal, when you click "checkout," that actually the boot is out of stock. If the product is unavailable and never likely to be available again, please remove it from your listings. If it's unavailable and likely to come back, at least put "not currently available" in a nice prominent location. If only some sizes are available, at least let us know when we try to select our size. Don't raise our hopes, only to snatch them away and laugh.


Date: 2017-01-09 03:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I am in a similar lack of boot limbo. My serious walking boots lost their waterproofness so became useless. Even walking through long wet grass resulted in wet feet. Then the soles of the lighter weight boots became very worn and started cracking. I really wish I had bought two pairs because of course the company stopped making them.

I did buy a pair of walking shoes, which are OK up to a point, but they are not boots. I will have to bite the bullet and start doing the rounds of the outdoor shops to see if I can find replacements.

Date: 2017-01-10 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It really is annoying. I'm lucky in that I do currently have boots that I'm happy with, but when my old ones became more leak than boot, it was horrible. It always amazes me just how different different styles of boot can be, and how long it takes to find a style that feels comfortable. I certainly intend to adopt the "if they feel good, go back quickly and buy a second pair" approach in the future.

Date: 2017-01-09 07:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I suppose you've tried eBay? I wanted a pair of sandals and I like Hotter sandals, because many of them have velcro so you can make them fit (I have extra wide feet, so this is important), and they tend to be comfy. I went to eBay and found the same style of sandals that I had brought a few years earlier from the Hotter store in Bath. No longer available from Hotter themselves, but brand new on eBay - and even better, much cheaper!

It's annoying when a style you like disappears so quickly. I bought some shoes from Bon Marche a couple or so years back and so very much wish I'd gone back to buy another pair (or two)! I have found a pair now that fit me and that I kinda like, though they're a dark blue and I much prefer black. So wish my feet weren't quite so wide, that normal 'wide fitting' shoes are too narrow...

...maybe I should buy men's shoes?!

Date: 2017-01-10 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I haven't specifically tried eBay, since I usually find lots of eBay results coming up on a regular search, so I assumed - perhaps wrongly - that this was the case.

I also need to look for some new comfortable everyday shoes, since my current ones have gone into holes. Clarks always seems to offer a style more or less like what I'm looking for (flat, soft, with a velcro strap) but the exact style varies from year to year. If it turns out that this year's version is a good one, I will definitely buy two, ir even three.

Date: 2017-01-09 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Totally sympathize. I did once manage to get exactly the same brand and model to replace an old pair, though. (About 5 years apart).

Date: 2017-01-10 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooh, you were lucky! I think I'll just have to adopt the "buy two" strategy in the future.

Date: 2017-01-10 08:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hear, hear!

I wish I had had the foresight to buy a lifetime supply of M&S footglove ankle boots - such a perfect smart & comfortable boot for work - before M&S changed the design to make them pointy-toed implements of torture.

And I hate having my hopes raised by websites which promise you the last of something rare, only to reveal at the last moment that they only have it in a size that fits no-one.

Date: 2017-01-10 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've got to shop for new everyday shoes tomorrow, since my current ones have gone all holey, and if I find a pair I like, I am resolved to go back a few weeks later and buy at least two more pairs. (Or maybe one pair, and then watch out for the sales.) Clarks always offer a style that is more or less what I like, but it varies from year to year, and I don't always find it comfortable. Since it's not a remotely fashionable style, so there's no need to keep up with current trends, I don't know why they can't just leave it alone.


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