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Thread: Heel Blister Prevention Tips and Tricks?

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    Default Heel Blister Prevention Tips and Tricks?

    Hoping to get some tips and tricks here.

    I wear a pare of Cabelas Meidl hiking boots in the field. First year I wore them, had zero issues. Second season, blistered one day (logged 12 miles that day), and now this season heels are just wrecked. I blistered before getting out of the first field. I wear marino wool socks, with a synthetic liner sock underneath. Boots fit nicely, but I think they seem to not tightening like when I first got them, and I'm getting heel slide.

    Any suggestions to prevent the heel slide, or to at the least prevent the blisters from forming.
    Schemy

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    I'm going to guess that the root cause of your blisters is the boot not fitting properly. Not sure that can be fixed but you might try a pair of aftermarket insoles. In the mean time to help with your problem get yourself some "MoleSkin". Any pharmacy will have it. Put it over the blistered area then your socks. BTW, you are doing the proper thing with your socks. In my hunting boots (for over 40 years) I have always worn a sock liner (silk or synthetic) and then a wool sock. I like the Merino wool socks myself.
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    Good suggestions from Zeb.

    I use adhesive tape where blisters may start erupting. You state "heels just wrecked." Can you define this for us?

    Boot fit? Perhaps a heavier sock would reduce the heel movement.

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    Your sock combo is great. Try duct tape on the heel before the blisters start. Athletic tape works as well but I find duct tape to adhere better. Just rip it down to the proper width. If it starts to peel up, I will use a longer piece and overlap across the top of the foot.

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    A set of heel cups can reduce heel slide if the boots are not fitting tight. Another option besides moleskin would be to cover the current blisters with second skin to reduce friction and allow you to keep hunting.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll have to grab some moleskin or second skin.

    As to the damage, my left heel had a quarter sized blister that opened up and all the skin ripped off. Working on getting that better. My right heel has a blister that popped, but I didn't lose the skin. Both were very painful during my three day hunt. The blisters appeared day one.

    What is weird is that I had zero issues my first year with the boots. I'm guessing as I've worn them, they have loosened and now I'm having these issues.
    Schemy

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    You might try some thicker insoles to tighten them up. Just a thought.
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    I've installed the thin, inexpensive Dr. Schols inserts, under the regular insert. Adds to the cushioning effect and fills the boot. One foot is smaller than the other...

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    Best to remove the original insoles and spend some money on some good insoles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyB View Post
    I've installed the thin, inexpensive Dr. Schols inserts, under the regular insert. Adds to the cushioning effect and fills the boot. One foot is smaller than the other...
    ? Good Lord—Get Rid of the boots and spend some money on a quality boot that fits—why mess around with such an important part if not the most of your hunting gear—JMO

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