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Pamper Your Feet

Boost comfort with these three sock, shoe, and insert options.


Footbalance Dynamic Blue Insoles 445x260

Footbalance Dynamic Blue Insoles (Courtesy Photo)

Patagonia Advocate Lace Plaid 445

Patagonia Advocate Lace Plaid (Courtesy Photo)

Darn Tough Vermont Like 445

Darn Tough Vermont Light (Courtesy Photo)

[Tech Talk]

Midsoles—which layer various combinations of materials that are glued, injected, or heat-bonded between the sole and upper—are the heart of any boot. Foam-like EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) is springy for supreme cushion. PU (polyurethane) is a denser, more durable, and more supportive foam. TPU (thermoplastic urethane) adds even more stiffness and structure.

Boost wet weather performance

Treat your boots once a season with Nikwax Fabric & Leather Proof ($9; nikwax.com). 

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