Bean Boots help needed...

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  1. Adahy

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    Hey folks. I've had a nice pair of Bean Boots for years now and always neglect them because they don't fit right. They feel a bit large and have a lot of room.

    This is great I guess for winter time. I can layer up the socks but the boot never feels snug and comfortable.

    Any suggestions on what kind of insoles I can buy that won't just fold up under my feet while walking? I've had a problem with that and these boots. Not sure if it's the felt like material in the boots but insoles always move on me.
     
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    I think Beans makes two different liners... plain fleece and fleece with arch support. My wife wears the ones with arch support and has had no problem.
     
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    What kind of insoles have you tried?
     
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    The stock ones they had in the boot, and a couple different cheapo brands. I'll be near a walmart today. Are those Doc Sholes fancy pants ones any good?
     
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    I'm assuming you aren't looking for orthotic support. You can make your own from stiff foam like what fresh meat comes in. Just add layers for thickness.
     
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    Good idea. Right I'm not looking for support really. Just to take the floppiness out of them. Just a lot of room in there. I've had em for over 7 years so I doubt they'd swap em for a smaller.
     
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    I like the Superfeet green insoles. Cost more then Dr. Shcoll. The boots being too large is a hard thing to fix. Are they too long or too much volume?
     
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    LL Bean told me I could return a 30+ year old canoe if I wanted to. Bring them in and get the right size. I would imagine it's the best answer.
     
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    you can try stuffing the open spaces with paper towels. After you walk around in them, it will get compacted and help keep your feet from slipping.
     
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    Filson cork insoles

    Love my bean boots for those days when the trail is muddy and I'm without a pack. [​IMG]. The filson cork insoles are a perfect combo with the bean boots, light weight, great feel thru the bottoms of the boot, really pliable and flexible like the boot. www.filson.com/products/cork-insole.55100.html
     
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    Alex - My dad went to have a pair of LL Bean boots repaired once after having them for years. They apologized and sent him a new pair at no cost. It might be worth it to speak with one of their reps to see if you can swap out your boots for another size.

    As for insoles, I've used the one with the steel supports and even they seemed to shrink over time. On mine the toes actually curled up a bit, making the whole insole shorter. For that reason I think I'm familiar with what you're talking about regarding the soles sliding around. You might try cutting out a pair from wool felt. That would give you a bit of spring with each step as well as some insulation. Just a suggestion.

    That's all for now. Take care and until next time...Be well.

    snaper
     
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    That's what I use, got mine at REI
     
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    Another vote for the green Superfeet. TOTALLY worth the $, you won't regret it.
     
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    I've had great luck with Superfeet from REI.
     
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    Thanks for all the tips folks. Since I was driving by evil walmart, I grabbed a $7.00 pair of insoles. Seem to do the trick. I may end up also getting some of that wool material that was mentioned too take up more space and also for the insulation.

    Still have an inch and a half room in front of my toes but I don't feel my foot floating around. We'll test this out in the mud later this week in Ohio
     
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    I use Superfeet or Spenco Gel insoles for all of my boots. Definitely worth the money and last a long time. Good luck.
     
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    Just send them back to Bean and have the rubber bottoms replaced 1 size smaller. I've had it done before when they've worn out. It's a service they provide, they do charge but it's a lot less than a new pair and they come back just like new.
     

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