So I’m a volunteer wildland firefighter with the Volunteer Wildfire Services. As part of compulsory PPE we are required to wear firefighting boots (Bova boots). My standard “everday” shoe size is 5. When I hike or trail run I size up to a 6. So my firefigthing boots are also 1 size bigger.
What I have found is (especially after a long day/night out) is that the balls of my feet are rather tender. As far as my knowledge stretches it indicates that my feet are slipping in my shoes. I currently have a “decent” blister on the side of the ball of the foot.
The first thing I changed is the insole as the initial insole got hardened out quite quickly. I also wear two pairs of thick socks. Adding a third pair of socks doesn’t seem like a solution.
So I’m wondering - are there some insoles that are “extra thick”? Or perhaps a fancy lacing technique that I am not aware of?
I’d like to attempt some other measures before forking out money and “down sizing” to a 5.