It is a real comfort to have equipment that is perfectly broken in: a baseball glove, a saddle, a pair of levis or, in my case, a pair of hiking boots. In each case the owner knows s/he can trust said glove, saddle, levis or boots. I had such a pair of boots and then I quit wearing them. I wasn’t walking about much with a new hip replacement, but I knew that if I wanted to hike, the boots were there. The boots waited while my feet spread out and arthritis took over the ball of one foot. I sprang into problem solving mode.