Hikers understand the value of great boots. They are the most important piece of equipment you have. My fondness for my hiking boots is well documented. I love my boots so much that I went out and bought a spare pair for when the first one's wore out.
I bought those first ones in 2003 before my first trip to Yellowstone. They will have to be retired after this trip. This is why.
And that little bobble cost me this.
My own fault for not thoroughly checking over my equipment before beginning such a hike.
It's not as bad as it looks.