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No insoles option (got tight shoes)

AB01

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I purchased some Western Zip Boots off ebay that are great. I understand that they need to be broken in, but they are a half-size smaller than I would normally wear. Parts of the toes are in pain and the boots leave red marks on my feet. I'm even using dress socks.

(I've gotten into wearing shoes smaller than usual since I slipped on ice and injured my ankle a year ago. I don't want it to happen again, and figure tight shoes would give more support.)

If I take out the insoles, however, they fit just fine. Is this not recommended? I'm trying to use common sense and figure that this may possibly cause an odor problem or arch problems. I could buy extremely thin insoles, but I'm not sure where I would find such a thing.
 

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I don't think you talk about the insole. The insole is the base of a pair of shoes.
The uppers get wrapped around and the welt is attached to the insole.

You are probably talking about the "˜sock' the lightly stuck in insole liner.
You can take that one out, it won't cause any problems at all.
 

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Just take it out. - Nothing untoward will happen to you.

Once the boots have loosened up, you might want to experiment with a very thin lay-in sole.
 

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I have removed the same thing and replaced it with a thinner and more durable neoprene single thickness insert. It makes my dress shoes very comfortable for my 12 hour days on my feet supporting a 300 lb body.

I personally wouldn't choose to go without some padding.
 

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I don't get it. You intentionally buy shoes which are 1/2 size too small, knowing they will be too tight, because you think they give you better ice traction.

Now you got em, they are 1/2 size too tight and you would like to remove the insole in order to loosen them up. Why not just buy the right size and keep the insole in?
 

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Wasn't available on ebay. I'm in Canada. I found only one person selling the boots that I wanted that was able to ship them to Canada (and for a good price). If they had a larger size I would have bought it.
This is what it is like to live in Canada. You can't just go into a store and get it because they don't have it. You have to find it from an American. You guys have it so good when it comes to shopping.
 

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