Post by tweell
Leather personal transporters, footwear, shoes – whatever you call them, they’re important. Without your feet, you won’t go far. A good broken-in pair of boots allows you to go much further and easier than an ill-fitting or new pair of boots.
The first rule of shoes is that more is better. A study of long distance runners found that runners who alternated pairs of shoes had 39% fewer injuries than those that didn’t. There are many benefits to alternating shoes. The padding recovers, making them more comfortable. Fungus and bacteria get more exposed to air, cutting down on stinky shoes (and feet!). You have a respite when breaking in new shoes, so your feet feel better. Finally, it actually seems to make them last longer – I used to buy a pair of tennis shoes every four months, but when I buy and wear two pair, they last almost a year.
The second rule of shoes is quality. That doesn’t mean don’t look for bargains, be an informed consumer. Big 5 sporting goods has great shoe sales, but search for the good stuff, don’t take the cheapest shoe that will fit. Good dress shoes and work boots are going to be expensive, spend the money and hurt your wallet instead of your feet. I’ve had dress shoes that literally fell apart while wearing them (at a wedding, very embarrassing). Now I have dress shoes I could hike in if needed. Much more expensive, but worth every penny.
The third rule of shoes is have the right shoes for the job.
Steel-toed boots are great, they have saved my feet more than once. They also make me noisier and slower.
Would you have a pair in your car trunk, or a pair of speedy sneaky tennis shoes, in case you have to bug home from work?
Look at the shoes on your feet. Would you trust them if you had to GOOD? If not, either change your shoes or have a change handy for that purpose.
Sometimes our work requires attire unsuitable for emergencies, being prepared includes a set of shoes in the bag if that’s the situation.
Spare socks are also important. Dress socks and work boots are a prescription for blisters and pain. Stuff a pair of socks into those spare shoes, your feet will thank you.
So – have spare shoes, alternate them, get good shoes and have the right ones for the job. Preppers … protect your feet!