Originally Posted by guyver00
Got a pair of used cordovan dress boots from another member here, and I really love the construction of his boots. Anyway I've been wearing them for about 4-5 times and I started to notice there is something hard on the left insole, right behind the ball of my foot. It's not extremely uncomfortable, but it feels more like stepping on small pebbles.
So I got home today, and put my hand inside the left boot, and indeed found a raised spot. It feels like a very hard, almost like an extra piece of leather was inserted in that area. Anyone ever has that problem?
Unless I miss my guess this is because the shoe is used.
I know it is hard for some folks to accept...and no disrespect intended...but this is what you have to expect with used shoes, to one degree or another.
I don't know why that's so hard to understand.
The chances approach certainty that when the shoes were brand new the insole was smooth. Simply because the last is smooth.
The first owner wore those shoes and the moisture and heat from his foot created a "footbed"...effectively contouring the insole to his
foot. Once that happens...depending on the quality and material from which the insole is made...it is very difficult to reverse or change.
The chances approach zero that your foot is shaped like the original owner's. And equally slim that the heel to ball length is the same. The shoe may not even have fit the original owner correctly. Why else would he sell them? But now the "damage" is done.
If I am correct, however, more damage will occur...to your foot...if you keep wearing them.
It is not Rider's fault nor even the original owner's fault. The fault lies in the perception that buying used shoes is ever cost effective.Edited by DWFII - 9/18/11 at 11:06am