I just wanted to pass along my experience with Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hikers. It's kind of a long story so bear with me!
I was asked in January to go w/ three friends on an elk hunting trip, which sounded like a great idea at the time so I committed. The hunt was scheduled for late September so I had plenty of time to get ready. I know a lot of people train in advance for elk hunting but I run marathons and several other endurance running events so I wasn't concerned about the physical aspect of the trip whatsoever. Starting in March, after running in a 200 mile relay event I started to have pain in my right foot. It got progressively worse until June when I finally gave in to the pain and went to the podiatrist to find out I had a broken heel and suffered from plantar fasciitis and needed to quit running and try to stay off the foot. Every day I woke up in severe pain which would subside throughout the day but never went away completely.
Now fast forward to the weeks before my hunt. The broken heel was doing better but the plantar fasciitis was still raging. My foot had me nervous and the only advice my friends gave me was "get good boots". I did some research and found the Kenetrek product and placed my order for the Hardscrabble Hikers. It turns out, I was going to be hunting Area 60 in the Wyoming Thorofare, which as you probably know is extremely rough terrain. It's known as the most remote wilderness in the lower 48 I believe! It was a bugle hunt so there was going to be a ton of walking (8-10 miles per day). Good boots or not didn't seem like I was going to be able to enjoy it!
This will not sound possible but my foot is actually doing better after then trip then it was before. The hikers kept my heel from getting beat up and I believe all the uphill/downhill walking helped break down some of the scar tissue caused by the PF resulting in less pain. Before the trip it felt like I was stepping on glass the first 30-45 mins a day when I got out of bed. Now I have a few minutes of discomfort but all in all its much improved.
I don't think the boots necessarily healed my PF but what I can't believe is a trip like that, walking 8-10 rugged mountain miles per day, doesn't result in a setback in my healing. I had planned on just toughing it out, coming home and licking my wounds and starting the recovery over. Now I'm home, wondering when I can start running again.
Thanks for making such a great product. Keep it up.