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June 2022 Issue
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RIP my best boots

Alistair Hall, editor.

I suffered the dreaded boot sole delamination recently.

It was on a trip to Pinnacles Hut in Coromandel Forest Park. A few minutes before it happened, while standing in a small stream to assist my daughter to the other side, I thought how brilliant these boots were. I’d done innumerable difficult trips in them – Stewart Island, Otago, Coromandel, Tongariro, the Tararua Range and more – and they’d offered support and surety of grip. 

Not five minutes later I heard a flapping noise and felt something knocking against my foot. “Oh-oh.” Sure enough, the sole was barely hanging on. 

A few minutes later, the delamination had spread to the other boot. 

I had newfound sympathy for all those readers who had shared similar tales of woe a few years ago when we looked into the problem of boots falling apart. 

Fortunately, mine came with a full-length fibreglass shank. I pulled off what remained of the boots’ outsoles and walked on the shank instead. Grip was less than ideal, but my feet remained relatively protected. I made it to the hut and managed to walk out in the boots the next day. 

If only I’d read our pre-departure winter gear checklist on p58 before setting out! I may have chosen different footwear.

Also, the cause of most boot delamination is prolonged periods of the footwear remaining unused. Something happens to the glue to make it come unstuck. I hadn’t used these boots for two years as I now favour lighter footwear. I had pulled them out of the cupboard on a whim, a sense of nostalgia perhaps. 

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