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    Default Flat feet and hunting boots.

    So I know there are a lot of good boots out there like Kenetrex, Meindls, Lowas, etc.

    What I'm curious is for you flat footed hunters out there, which pair of boots have you been comfortable wearing while out sheep, goat, or caribou hunting. I'm also not looking to break the bank on this pair of boots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLNhunter View Post
    So I know there are a lot of good boots out there like Kenetrex, Meindls, Lowas, etc.

    What I'm curious is for you flat footed hunters out there, which pair of boots have you been comfortable wearing while out sheep, goat, or caribou hunting. I'm also not looking to break the bank on this pair of boots.

    Thanks!
    I'm ridiculously flat footed...Lowas worked the best for me that I've tried to date
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    Quote Originally Posted by KLNhunter View Post
    So I know there are a lot of good boots out there like Kenetrex, Meindls, Lowas, etc.
    What I'm curious is for you flat footed hunters out there, which pair of boots have you been comfortable wearing while out sheep, goat, or caribou hunting. I'm also not looking to break the bank on this pair of boots.
    Thanks!
    I am flat footed and have a very narrow foot. About 8 yrs ago finally decided to try on some expensive footware at REI. I ended up with a pair of Zamberlans. I'm still wearing them quite regularly. A boot that I can wear ALL day and still not want to remove it when I get home and sit on the couch.
    BUT, more importantly I think, than the boot, for me anyhow, was about 17 yrs ago when I was 'diagnosed' as HAVING flat feet. I was directed to a foot specialist off of Northern Lights near Lake Otis (maybe no longer there?) that built me 3 pair of plastic foot "inserts" for my shoes/boots. Those insert have been my saving grace. If I don't wear them for a few days I revert to the same old sore tootsies I used to complain about daily.
    I strongly suggest you see about something like inserts for your footware. Recently I have seen the numerous commercials for those machines that Dr Scholles (?) has at shoe stores that are supposed to test and prescribe something similar to a flat foot. Never tried that as it had not been around back then. Wondered if that would work maybe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cod View Post
    I am flat footed and have a very narrow foot. About 8 yrs ago finally decided to try on some expensive footware at REI. I ended up with a pair of Zamberlans. I'm still wearing them quite regularly. A boot that I can wear ALL day and still not want to remove it when I get home and sit on the couch.
    BUT, more importantly I think, than the boot, for me anyhow, was about 17 yrs ago when I was 'diagnosed' as HAVING flat feet. I was directed to a foot specialist off of Northern Lights near Lake Otis (maybe no longer there?) that built me 3 pair of plastic foot "inserts" for my shoes/boots. Those insert have been my saving grace. If I don't wear them for a few days I revert to the same old sore tootsies I used to complain about daily.
    I strongly suggest you see about something like inserts for your footware. Recently I have seen the numerous commercials for those machines that Dr Scholles (?) has at shoe stores that are supposed to test and prescribe something similar to a flat foot. Never tried that as it had not been around back then. Wondered if that would work maybe.
    As far as inserts go, I had a similar experience (though not flat footed). I had developed a "heel spur" on my right heel. Quite painful & left me limping, quite a bit. Went to a chiropactor in Wasilla, who walked me through 3 "cures": surgery ($6000+), shots ($300-$500 each - might work for a week or a year) and custom inserts ($350 - might work, might not). I went with the inserts (which I now keep in my hiking/work boots) and was walking without pain in less than 2 weeks. Thank you Dr. Grey.

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    I've put up with it for 60 years and can make any quality, fitted boots work if I have the right footbeds. I keep a large drawer full of different foot beds to use in different boots. Some are custom fit bu podiatrists but my two favorites are the Meindel cork beds from Cabelas [buy a size small] and the Lathrop and Sons foot beds. Those two cover my various hunting boots very well. I even use fotbeds in my Steger Mukluks.

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    I have bone spurs too and had problems. So did the podiatrist at the VA center. Yep, lots of bone spurs and a broken foot that I never had the time or money to take care of properly at that time in my life. 1. She loved my Lowa boots I was wearing. Said they were the best thing for my feet. 2. I was measured for professionally made inserts. 3. STOP walking on the tread mill barefoot. No, no, no. Since the inserts 99% of the problems have gone away. They feel a little funny but my feet are much happier. I think too many people skimp on quality for the most important part of their hunting gear, their transportation. Since then I have other "high quality" inserts that I were in 2-3 different pairs of my boots.

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    Like several others have mentioned, I to have problems with my feet. I have two heel spurs from a heel fracture suffered in Iraq (from running on the treadmill), along with plantarfacisitis. Since getting a real military doctor here in AK, I now sport inserts in all but my running shoes. I cannot run with custom fit inserts to save my life, but I wear them in all but one pair of work boots, and one pair of hiking boots. I bought some Keen hiking boots when I arrived here 3+ years ago, and love them. They fit like a glove on my feet, and while I have worn them caribou, bear, and moose hunting, I don't think I would wear them sheep or goat hunting. As has been mentioned get quality and maybe even some inserts.

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    Yet another for inserts. Got tarsal coalition in my left foot and the right one is faily flat also. Military got me inserts 5 years ago. got some more last year. they last about 3 years however I have 4 now and use them all. $300-600 for 2 pairs but way worth it when you hike and run. I've forgot them before while bou hunting and painfully regretted it. Got to take care of your feet.

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    I wear Meindles they have been great for my flat feet, I am 6'3" and 270lbs they work great...

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    I have extremely flat feet that are a wide width. My Hunting boots are the Schnee's Beartooth insulated, and I couldn't be happier with them. I recently put some Green Superfeet insoles in my day to day boots for standing on concrete all day, and it literally changed my life. The insoles nearly eliminated my daily foot pain. I currently have an appointment scheduled for custom orthotics, so I'm curious to see how they will do in comparison to the superfeet insoles. The Schnee's boots are comparable to all of the brands the original OP posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arctic razorback View Post
    I recently put some Green Superfeet insoles in my day to day boots for standing on concrete all day, and it literally changed my life. The insoles nearly eliminated my daily foot pain.
    I second the "Green Superfeet insoles". In addition to flat feet I had gone through a period of miserable planter fasciitis. I went through all the physical therapy, exercises, etc. and one day I picked up a pair of Green Superfeet at REI from the used equipment rack in ANC and bought them at discount to try. They worked wonders. I now have them in all my boots and most of my shoes. Although I have many pairs of shoes for various needs my main hunting boots are Kenetrek Mountain Extremes and I couldn't be happier, but the Superfeet did the trick for me.

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    I'm flat footed and run the copper superfeet insoles. They were recco'ed by the foot doc for my specific arch geometry.

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    I also have very flat feet and agree that a very good pair of insoles are very helpful. One of the best things that I ever did is go to a non flex sole climbing boot. Right now I am traveling on a scarpa boot and I could never say enough about the folks at AMH regarding proper size and insoles. The boots take a bit of getting used to if you are not familiar but it is the only type of boot I use anymore in flat land or the mountains. I also never have to worry about turning an ankle with a heavy load on. Not to mention if you have a good fitting pair of gaiters you can get across almost knee deep creeks and not get wet. Otherwise the other boots my feet really liked were LaSportiva just didn't like the Yellow model they had the last time I got a new pair.

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