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My old and last Mountain Boots

My last Boots-A09A2019

The building where I live in a flat having renovation work and to vacate the space,

I’ve been sorting my possessions in the boxes of which some of them I haven’t

opened it more than 20 years. — In one of the box, I found my old mountain boots.

The reason why I didn’t throw this away straight and put it into a box was, I thought

I should take picture of this before let it go. —– was that because of its

sentimental value ? —– I guess not.  

But because of it got rather funny history.

(Without a photo, nobody would believe the story. 😀 😀 )


I bought this boots from charity shop priced £5.   In order to make the bots fit to my

foot, I soaked it in the warm water then put it on and had a long walk —– as I did all

of my previous boots. —– unfortunately, this looks decent mountain boots was a

fraud.  = Despite it having looks proper construction and the good leather with

Vibram Sole, the sole was not been stitched = simply glued to the upper.

Hence, while walking, the boots was disintegrated. (It was a hell) 😀 😀


Then a crazy story began. = After it was completely dry, I’ve stitched and

glued the sole using the shoe making thread from shoe repair shop and a thick

nylon thread for industrial use. —– As a sort of experiment, I did to the Right

boot using a shoe repair glue and the thread.  And to the Left, I used a tie-up

thread for electric construction and glued the sole with Araldite epoxy.

—– If one method found to be better, apply it to the both side.

(You may think, if a shoes disintegrating, it is THE END though, as a

shoe-maker is making a shoes step by step, a sole can be attached in a

way they are doing. If somebody a same human can do, why not to try.

= It is an opportunity to try and learn.

(And save a money £5 !  😀 — If it is to save £1,000 it is a greed ) 

And the stitch by stitch kind of work is a good Zen Practice.


————- (Left is the Mid-Sole with yellowish industrial thread I used for stitching )

Since when I have repaired, the boots lasted over 3 years while used

everyday, without showing any difference between Left and Right.

Then one day, when I went to a hill walking and had a heavy rain, when I slipped

and tumbled, the water drenched boots was split open outside-toe. While later,

a gap opened to the other boot as well, and the foot were swimming inside.

—– days later I found, it happened because of the upper leather itself was tear-off

not by the broken stitch = leather was aged and rotten inside.

(I remember, somewhere I got a film photo of the boots under stitching work )

—– After that, I’ve been forced to buy a kind of shoes I hate. (though, I didn’t buy

another mountain boots, or so far, I haven’t found another £5 boots yet) 😀


Nothing last for ever still, second-hand £5 boots lasted over 3 years

wasn’t too bad. 

Believe or not, I was wearing this boots even in a club and dancing.

People judges others with its looks = hence the best of all, nobody seek a trouble

with a man wearing heavy boots.    And may be because of this, the cloud in the

Fridge Club has mistook me as a kind of special security man with martial art. =

nobody want to be kicked by this kind of boots. 😀

—– (during 5 and half years, while I was a regular, there wasn’t a single violence

ever occurred in the Club. = it might be the another reason why the manager

gave me free entry :-))


People may not like to ware heavy boots, still once it was well fitted,

it is surprisingly comfortable and give a feeling of quite solid stance

especially on a slippery ground.  One day you may try  🙂



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  1. drawandshoot said, on March 1, 2013 at 20:40

    I have hiking boots almost just like that, Yoshizen. But you have used yours to the very end – I still wear mine (for 12 years) and would have a hard time parting with them – Maybe when they look like yours. : )
    They are my most favourite boots. So far, no gluing/stitching required…

    • yoshizen said, on March 1, 2013 at 21:22

      Of cause Karen, I think yours didn’t came from charity shop for £5. 😀
      An old member of our club who read this blog said, his boots is 25 years old
      but he is using it only on snow.
      When you parting with them, make sure you elaborate them to the level of an art
      (with your photography) like Vincent van Gogh did.

  2. Mike said, on February 10, 2017 at 08:50

    Oh my! This is a fun story to share! I too have old hiking boots which I am not ready to give up on, but will go as far as stitching them if they go apart, I am not sure. Once again – thanks for this story. It made me smile!

    • yoshizen said, on February 10, 2017 at 09:54

      Thank you very much Mike. This might be a sample whether it was absurd or not, we may need to go for whole hog. And that IS what makes our life fun (and makes looks silly. :
      😀 )

  3. Mary Smith said, on April 4, 2017 at 08:43

    Lovely story. Good quality hiking boots can last for decades, if proper care and maintenance is provided on a regular basis. Drying, cleaning and conditioning leather boots is essential. Thanks for sharing!

    • yoshizen said, on April 4, 2017 at 08:46

      Thank you very much to share your wisdomes.

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