The funny story of the day: my feet were hurting, and especially so while I was leading the steeper sections. I thought that was odd since these boots used to be quite comfortable and the pain in my feet made everything feel harder as I couldn't frontpoint comfortably. Shortly before we got back to the car, I took the boots off to fix my socks (which had bunched up on a ball) and I realized I did not have my insoles inside! I was stepping onto the completely hard and flat plastic and more so, the volume and geometry of my foot inside was wrong. Exciting story, I know! I was relieved to find I wasn't imagining things, at least.