I didn’t want to hijack the thread on soles…
For many years I would lace up hiking boots tightly over the instep, tie a double overhand knot above the lace rings to lock my foot in place, then lace up less tightly through the lace hooks to the top of the tongue for more ankle flexibility and comfort before hiking downhill.
I agree that the Korkers Devils Canyon and Dark Horse boots are both amazing boots. Both have the Boa closure rather than shoe laces. In 5 years of using the Devils Canyon boots the Boa closures never failed me or stuck after wading through muck and there is a no questions asked replacement guarantee from Boa.
However the tension is uniform thought the entire length of the Boa closure. I found that during 6 to 8 hours of walking-wading on uneven river cobble that my foot would slip in the boot even though the boot was very tight around my upper ankle. My toes could get jammed into the toe box and my toenails would become injured. After losing two toenails I took to a routine of tightening the Boa laces, tapping my heel on the ground, tighten some more, and repeat until I couldn’t tighten them any more. I thought it might just be me-my feet but interestingly, my long-time fishing buddy bought a pair of Devils Canyon boots 3 years after I did. One day as we were gearing up and I was going through my “lacing routine” he commented that he wondered why I did that, until he discovered he had the same issue with toes getting jammed.
As a result, I went back to laces on my newest Wraptr boots so I can tweak the fit.
Anyone else having that issue with, or loving their Boa laces?