Making Issued Low Quarters A Little More Comfortable

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    My issued Air Force dress shoes were so uncomfortable! I'm not sure why it took me so long to fix this problem but I finally did. It made a big difference for me and I thought it may be helpful to some of the military members to see what I did.

    I never had any luck finding comfortable/minimalist dress shoes that would work with the Air Force uniform. I got so mad at these shoes one day I pulled on the heel and noticed it gave a bit. I pulled harder and was able to partially separate it from the shoe. I went home that day and ripped them off. I thought I would share some pictures to assist anyone that is interested in trying it out. It's really easy to do. Probably a 10 minute job.

    Make sure you keep the nails and heels incase you want to revert back to normal!


    Here we go.


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    This is what they normall look like.


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    Normal outsole


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    I started by taking the insert out and noticed the nails holding the heel in place.


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    To get the heel off you just have to pull it away from the sole until you get some room to shove something flat in there preferably a pry bar (in my case a screw driver). I recommend something wide (not a screw driver) so you don’t poke a hole or damage the sole. Once you pry the heel off you can then use a hammer to tap the screws up enough through the insole to pull them out with pliers from the other end.


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    I removed the stock insole and replaced with this unused one from a pair of Inov8s.



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    Close to zero drop. This picture makes them look a bit strange but to this day no one has commented or noticed the missing heel.

    My knees don't ache anymore and I can power walk/jog in them with a lot less discomfort. I still wouldn't say they are comfortable but they are now bearable. They are also significantly lighter. The heels that came off felt like led weights.

    I do need to point out a few issues I think people may have with these modifications. There will no longer be any tread where the heels used to be. There are also little holes from where the nails were. I have walked in water without any leakage, but I think some sort of shoe glue would seal the holes if anyone has any problems. The replaced insoles were very thick and the shoes now feel a bit loose. And the worst part is you will now be and inch or so shorter than you used to be :)
     
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    Here is a link to AFI and a quote from it if anyone is worried about these not being in regulation.

    AFI 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance

     
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    Nice idea! A cobbler should be able to attached a 1mm vibram sole to the entire bottom, if someone wanted tread.

    On second look, a cobbler could probably remove the old partial sole and add a sole of choice along the entire bottom.
     
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    Well, hot damn! Look at that!

    Now, to see if anyone notices... Hee.
     
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    I found some historical information about military shoes. I wonder if militaries still follow the same principles, or if they've caved to fashion? :confused:

    MANUAL OF MILITARY HYGIENE FOR THE MILITARY SERVICES OF THE UNITED STATES BY VALERY HAVARD, 1917
    https://books.google.com/books?id=NQHRAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA441

    JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL UNITED SERVICE INSTITUTION. VOL II. JULY TO DECEMBER, 1907 BY S.W. WHITEHALL
    https://books.google.com/books?id=vyowAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA964

    http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/39225-us-army-field-shoes-1902-to-1917/
     

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