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    Default Re: Dubarry boots - slippery sole - solutions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Babylon View Post
    ...But what I don't understand is why the glued-on soles of hiking boots (which take a huge amount more punishment than footwear worn mostly just sitting on small boats) can be re-soled whereas these cynically-designed sea-boots can't?...
    Have you asked a specialist walking boot repairer, they might be able to do something?

    Decent walking boots have a two-part sole - so the patterned tread part can be sliced off without destroying the structure of the boot. Do your boots have a single thickness of sole?

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    Default Re: Dubarry boots - slippery sole - solutions?

    I collect the Twit of the Week award for having thrown away our ancient Dubarrys and bought new.

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    Default Re: Dubarry boots - slippery sole - solutions?

    Sorry about that Minn.

    Just spoken to Dubarry UK, who confirm that their current generation of glued-on sole boots cannot be re-soled.

    They did say however that if buying new then order direct from them, as sometimes retailers could have had their boots in stock for a long while. As drying out starts from date of manufacture rather than purchase, this would seem very sensible!
    Plan B...?

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    Default Re: Dubarry boots - slippery sole - solutions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Babylon View Post

    They did say however that if buying new then order direct from them, as sometimes retailers could have had their boots in stock for a long while. As drying out starts from date of manufacture rather than purchase, this would seem very sensible!
    Their dealers will be happy with that sort of sales support

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    Default Re: Dubarry boots - slippery sole - solutions?

    Quote Originally Posted by westhinder View Post
    Their dealers will be happy with that sort of sales support
    It was with specific reference to older stock and therefore soles that were already part way through their short designed life, but you're right.

    The whole thing however is a disgrace. A perfectly sound boot design (with a stitched-on, non-drying sole) was cynically re-engineered to become an expensive throw-away item that is capable of killing the unsuspecting wearer. This was done SOLELY for reasons of increased sales and therefore profit.

    As the manufacturers (they're all at it), distributors and retailers all know this, they're all culpable.
    Plan B...?

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    Default Re: Dubarry boots - slippery sole - solutions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Babylon View Post
    Just spoken to Dubarry UK, who confirm that their current generation of glued-on sole boots cannot be re-soled.

    They did say however that if buying new then order direct from them, as sometimes retailers could have had their boots in stock for a long while.
    What we're looking for is the retailers who have had the boots in stock for so long they're the previous, sewn construction, re-soleable version.

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    Default Re: Dubarry boots - slippery sole - solutions?

    PS - if you consider my above post to be hyperbole, consider this scenario:

    Middle aged bloke rows out to his mid-river mooring on a cold day. He gains his boat where he puts on his oilies and three year old leather goretex sea-boots, then he steps carefully off the boat onto the pontoon. As he takes a second step, the boots suddenly lose all grip and he goes flying head-over-heels. It is all so sudden that he lands heavily on his chest, his head inches from a large metal cleat. The cleat itself could have brained him directly, but luckily it is the one thing he can grab to stop his body continuing into the freezing water.

    They weren't Dubarry boots, they Henri Lloyd copy-cat equivalents, but the technical cause - modern glued-on soles that suddenly dry out to go hard and brittle - was identical.

    I'm not interested in being admired for my attire in some marina, I'm just not ready to sleep with the fishes.
    Plan B...?

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    Default Re: Dubarry boots - slippery sole - solutions?

    Quote Originally Posted by LittleSister View Post
    What we're looking for is the retailers who have had the boots in stock for so long they're the previous, sewn construction, re-soleable version.
    And at 2004 prices!
    Plan B...?

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    Default Re: Dubarry boots - slippery sole - solutions?

    Quote Originally Posted by LittleSister View Post
    Rubber boots will keep the rain/sea out, but will also keep the perspiration in.

    So eventually they become quite damp inside, at which point the thick socks no longer keep your feet as warm as they first did.

    Rubber boots also retain their shape, which is not necessarily the same as one's feet, whereas leather boots adapt to the owners' feet shapes.

    I wore rubber boots for years, but having later tried Dubarrys (other brands are available) I am a convert. (My bank manager is less keen. )
    Woolen socks are reputed to be equally effective whether wet or dry.

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    Default Re: Dubarry boots - slippery sole - solutions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Babylon View Post
    And at 2004 prices!
    That would be the day!
    I'm going to try abrading my boot soles with a tickle of angle grinder. I had Gill sea boots before Dubarry. They split and leaked after 3 years. I can still wade ashore with the leather Dubarry boots and stay dry, though on wet teak decks they are currently scary.

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