Lad of the Lake
Back in the early 80s I was helping take a group of Gateshead teenagers on an adventure week in Borrowdale when the tread on one of my boots came away.
I bought a new pair in George Fisher – full leather upper and Vibram sole – for £40, not cheap then. Meeting up with the group on the shores of Derwent Water I was told to put them on and “Go and stand in the lake”. I assured my advisors they were waterproof, but still I was told to “Go and stand in the lake up to your knees, it’s the best way to break your feet into your boots”. Off I went and stood in the lake and discovered just how cold a lake can be. And do you know what? I still have those boots and they never gave me a single blister. The process of standing in a lake is one I still advise if your leather boots are giving you problems. Oh and I still dubbin my boots! Peter Sanderson, Email