I have been wearing Army boots of one type or another for most of the past 30 years. And I have had some foot trouble from time to time, depending on how far i was walking and how many swamps I had to cross.
I have recently taken up outdoor hiking as a hobby and discovered i just can’t seem to find boots that don’t raise blisters even after a short walk through the woods. This is quite vexing.
It reminds me of when I was a kid and I went roller skating. Unlike all the rich kids who got their own roller skates (and new ones every time their feet grew), I rented mine at the roller rink. Every single time, roller skating would raise blisters, no matter how tight or how loose the skates were.
When I started hiking a few months ago, I was getting blisters on my little toes. Then I invested in some high-end boots at the local REI retail store. now I am getting small blisters on the backs of my heels and those quickly turn into holes in my skin. It seems the boots have some inside stitching that abrades me like a file whenever I walk uphill. My heel raises inside the boot when I go uphill, but doesn’t when I go downhill.
I know some people do this, but it seems odd to me that I should have to tape up my feet or apply moleskin before every hike.