Q. Dear Gear Guy, Whenever I get a new pair of shoes the stuffing in the backside of the ankle goes away. I just got a new pair of boots about a month ago, and it’s already happened. Why is that? I have no idea. Please help?
– Wondering William, Polk City, Fla.
A. Hey William, interesting question. Do you have a puppy that likes to eat shoes? If not, I can’t be sure what’s happening. But I do have an idea: I used to be really lazy about pulling on and off my shoes. Instead of untying them first, I’d just slam my foot in there and wriggle my ankle around until I got the shoe all the way on. It seemed easier because I didn’t have to worry with tying and retying my shoes. But looking back, that lazy method actually took longer AND it took a toll on my shoes. Specifically, it smashed down the heel counter and wore down the padding in the upper heel of my shoes — just like yours. Pay attention next time you’re putting on your shoes. Maybe you’re being a little too lazy just like I was?