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post #24 of Old 03-25-2008
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I completed your survey, but I buy shoes for fit. I need arch support and that can be hard to find, and no brand does that consistently.

I agree with Dawg about wearing shoes as well. In one trip this past summer I banged a finger loading ice onboard before even leaving the slip (finger still has a lump, but feels ok now) and then jammed a big toe on a clete while barefoot rafting up with some folks. The toe turned all sorts of colors and hurt for a long time.

And a friend broke his big toe in a stumble in the cockpit while barefoot this past year -- I mean that toe was pointing 45 degrees the wrong way. So shoes do help protect our little feet.

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