Can I modify my low quarters?

Eagles1221

USMA Class of 2028
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My low quarters have a noticeable amount of heel slippage when I walk, even with anti-slip pads on the heels. Would it be allowable for me to take them to a cobbler and have an extra hole put in so I could lace them up a bit higher or something similar, or would that not be allowed?
 
I recommend finding another pair of shoes as you desire good comfort and fit. Believe me, you will be walking a lot in them and your boots, too. Hopefully, you can return the shoes and find a better pair. Good luck!
 
Your issue is definitely having the wrong size shoes. Adding an extra lace hole is not likely to fix the problem in the way you think it will. As @Academician said above, you should work on finding a better pair (i.e. better fitting) pair of low quarters.
 
Heel slippage is a problem for my son with his boots. He’s just gonna have to cope…the ones he has now are the best he could find out of 8 pair.

Frigging ridiculous everything has to be a ordered online, and a fifty dollar charge to send the rest back.

Hopefully he pushes through until someone there or the supply side at WP can sell him another pair after he destroys these! He is famous for destroying both football cleats and wrestling shoes!
 
Pro tip? The slippage is maybe because the cushioning insert has raised your foot above the 'normal' height for your heel (relative to the back of the shoe).

For grins and giggles, totally remove the manufacturer's cushioning insert from the shoe. Put the shoe back on and walk around your house. My money says 'heel slippage' disappears. If that's the case, you most certainly shouldn't wear the shoes without a cushioning insert, but you could easily find a thinner (equally cushioning) insert made of foam or rubber. Dr. Shoals or something like that.

DS had the same issue with Altama and Bates. Removing the insert and finding an alternate (CVS, Walgrees, Target have them) has solved the problem.
 
You can definitely modify your shoes however you want, but I wouldn't recommend it, think about this: Would you rather wear some modified sketchy boots or a brand new good looking shoes that fit you perfectly? The answer to that question is the answer you're looking for
 
Heel slippage is a problem for my son with his boots. He’s just gonna have to cope…the ones he has now are the best he could find out of 8 pair.

Frigging ridiculous everything has to be a ordered online, and a fifty dollar charge to send the rest back.

Hopefully he pushes through until someone there or the supply side at WP can sell him another pair after he destroys these! He is famous for destroying both football cleats and wrestling shoes!

I have no idea, but can he/you find XX shoe on Amazon? Or Zappos? Both offer free shipping/returns.

I know what you mean about online shopping. I’ve found this process to work best: screen shoot the item I’m looking for. Go to Google Lens, and search the item (or one like it as in the case of my new pendant lights for my kitchen) via Google lens, which shows several options. And shop the best deal.

Also use the lens option via Amazon (as google lens doesn’t always produce Amazon results).
 
There are a stores that carry boots. US Patriot Supply, AAFES on military bases (use acceptance letter for base access), Army Surplus stores, Boot Barn (smaller selection but still have Belleville, Rocky, Danner, Bates, etc.) Last year I took my DS to all of these, but finally went to a base using his acceptance letter, and there was a US Patriot store in the Exchange and was able to try on many different pair, and found the ones (Garmont T8) that fit him best. Honestly, you are really just trying to get through Beast, once on Post, the C Store has several brands of boot so if they wear them out, they can get a new pair. Since we found one my DS likes, he just orders them on Amazon and they ship directly to him at school if he needs a new pair. If your Cadet Candidate tends to wear shoes out (like my DS) then West Point will accelerate the process of wearout is they will be constantly wet, and the terrain is quite rough.
 
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