I know that one. I have boots with about 500 days on them. I can't bring myself to replace them knowing it will mean lots of crappy days until they get punched out right.
I've been replacing the liners, just replaced the worn out superfeet insoles, put new heel and toe pieces on. About half the buckles are bent from catching rocks while skiing or hiking, and I'm worried that one may finally break or tear out of the shell.
Next go around I may try the vacuum boot option. The local guy that is a true bootfitter loves them
I just looked at the boots and @#!@!#!#! realized that part of the shell had gotten on the wrong side of the liner. On BOTH boots somehow. No wonder I couldn't lock them down. This does not solve the fact that the liners make them too stiff for me.
Buuuuut anyway that is way off topic. Did I mention that in the Fremont glades we actually found a few untracked stashes? Just a turn here and there, but oh man do I love soft snow. Also, speaking of weather, it was supposed to be warm, but both my friend and I felt cold all day. Except of course when hiking ;-)