OK, don't want to belabor this. John has already contacted the rep to see if she can give additional sizing information and he or I will pass it along.
Obviously, no one should ruin their feet for the sake of a test. It is STRONGLY advised for testers to try on a vendor's boots if possible to get an idea of the vendor's sizing and yes, I'm aware specs can/do change from one style to the next, but you can at least get an idea of a vendor's specs, especially if you try on several different shoes/boots.
Like a lot of people, I am blessed with being able to wear almost any footwear in my size (maybe not now after my mis-step with a horse), so it's not a problem for me, but if you have "special" feet please either try on a test call vendor's product or think again before applying.
Sore feet make for cranky hikers.
----- Original Message -----
From: Roger Caffin
Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2011 3:12 PM
Subject: [backpackgeartesters] Re: Could I get 3 testers for this product?
>> Some of these shoe companies don't deserve to survive, they way they
>> customers. No information about shoe width, no information about shoe
>> last, ... Which is why so many people have so much trouble with blisters
>> and poorly-fitting shoes. Sigh.
> AGREED! The Chaco Canyonland test I participated in was miserable. The
> arch was about 4 times higher than my normal arch. Every time I used them
> was in pain for the next 1-2 days. It was the only test I've done where I
> just dreaded going hiking in them.
In cases like that I would NOT keep wearing the boots. They are not paying
me to suffer and risk permanent injury to my feet, so why should I?
The best solution would be to find another tester who has narrower or more
suitable feet. This has to be done through the Test Monitor of course. But
then someone has to pay for the postage.
Otherwise I simply record that the boots are too narrow or the fit is too
wierd and leave it at that. Unsatisfactory, but some of these shoe companies
never learn. Many times I have been told that the shoes are a wide fitting,
only to find they are a thin D.
For those who don't know, D is about average; wide is 2E or 4E. Some shoes
are available up to 6E. People who have been walking a LOT tend to have wide
feet - funny about that.
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