Before I get too far, I want to make clear that this is NOT a knock on Keen boots at all. On the contrary, I love my Keens so much that I didn't even try on another brand. They're good, solid boots and my old pair served me well for three years. The thing is, I probably should have replaced them about a year ago.
I am a supinator. My gait has me just about always walking on the outside of my foot. Nowhere is this more clear than when looking at how much-worn shoes wear down. Take a look at my old boots and new boots below. They're the exact same style, but after 3 years the outer edges of the old boots are not only worn down, they've completely worn away.
|New boots on the outside, old boots on the inside. It's like something took a bite out of them!|
They're worn down on the inside too (but I won't subject you to a picture of the inside of my old boots). The impetus to get a new pair actually happened last week: my fall into Split Rock River soaked my feet, but I noticed that it wasn't just because my feet got dunked. I had actually worn holes through my boots both from the sole AND from the inside, like tunnel-builders digging from opposite sides of a mountain and meeting in the middle.
|Old on the bottom, new on the top. Remember, exact same style of boot. The outer heel has completely worn away!!|
Not only were my feet exposed to the elements (and mud, and water) from below, I was also suffering from the effects of having completely unbalanced shoes. My shins hurt and my Trick Big Toe also hurt more than it usually does - even when rain wasn't in the forecast. I owed it to myself to get a new pair...so I did!
So, thank you Old Keens! I will remember you fondly as you head to the big shoe store in the sky.