I think I've read every archived post on boots three times. My feet are indeed my Achilles-Heel, no pun intended. I just cannot get a pair of boots that won't tear up my feet. I was working with Lathrop & Sons, and while great guys we just couldn't get the Hanwags to fit - I have a wide fore foot, high instep, narrow heel, and what's killing me now is I have what's referred to as Haglunds deformity on the backs of my heels. I thought I had ill fitting boots. I just was testing a nice pair of Zamberlan boots, and everything felt good but after a short hike near my house today they completely ripped up my heels. No heel slip,nothing. Just the pressure and friction. I will start using Glide and I have bursa pads that are little gel pads on a sock I can wear to help. I won't go out without those again. My question, anyone ever deal with this and have any recs or specifically models of boots that worked? I think staying away from a rigid heel is advised which really bums me out as I'm looking for the extra support and protection a traditional hiking boot provides.
I tried on a Lowa Renegade which felt more like an athletic shoe than boot to me and in the store I couldn't wrap my mind around this lightweight of a "boot" but maybe that's what I go for. Anyone put these to the test? I also have about 4 pairs of the Tibets coming from Zappo's to try those.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.