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post #1 of 6 Old 04-30-2013, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Why flat-foot boots?

So I went to a local shop to buy a set of boots that I could both ride and hike in, to satisfy my exploration goals for getting this bike.

Local shop had the Icon Superduty 4 boots, that don't look that much different than a set of work boots, other than a few bike-related enhancements, like some toe rubber for shifting, a strap with a buckle for keeping the laces strapped down, and - apparently (and first thing the guy in the shop told me I'd need to get used to) a very flat sole. From the outside it looks like there's a heel (very deceptive ), but when inside, in reality, you are very flat-footed, almost in fact like your ball of your foot is higher than your heel.

I'm second guessing the purchase accordingly, because putting them on and walking around my house, I'm not feeling like these are going to be so great for getting off my bike and doing any sort of hike to my destination... particularly some locals like the 100 stairs at local Chestnut Ridge park, or the hike down a long trail and/or descending a wall of vines/roots to the Eternal Flame waterfall just outside the same park.

So I'm wondering - what's the benefit of this flat-foot feel that's been intentionally engineered into these for-biking boots?
Would I be completely ruining some aspect of riding in them by installing a different insole to change that feel?
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i imagine it is for being able to slide your foot under the shifter, only reason i can think of.

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It's not as though the soles are thin though, they are pretty thick.
Would you think an insole with a more walking-conducive heel lift would hurt that?
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you have a point, perhaps the guy selling them was trying to come off like he knew something we dont?

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I bought a pair of high work boots with toe protection. They work good on the bike, and I can do off road walking in them.
They are made by Timberland. Only problem I had is they had man made soles that were kind of slippery on cement. I had a local shoe repair guy put rubber soles on them. He even had soles that were slightly thicker than the originals. Every little bit helps on a bike as tall as a KLR

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it wasnt the soles so much when trying bots out other than lack of tread depth as it was being so stiff i couldnt walk long withut running out of skin on my chins or back of ankles from hinge pressure points ..

ive had bunch of skin grafts soi have super thin sensative chins and any aggressive trail type boot rubbed me wrong way litteraly ..

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