It’s taken me a few years, but I’ve learned that when it comes to my feet, it pays to get quality and comfort.
When we’re tramping over hill and dale, in and out of water, and in all types of weather, it also pays to get footwear made for active outdoor enthusiasts — that’s us.
There will be plenty of times our feet and legs will ache from being on them for hours over all kinds of terrain. They should never ache because our shoes are poorly fitted or poorly made.
We’ve only got one pair of feet to last our lives through — let’s take care of them.
Some things I’ve learned…
- I should never have to “break in” a pair of shoes. Quality shoes will feel comfortable from the first time they’re on my feet.
- Our feet are shaped differently. What may feel great to me may not feel great to you. I need to find a brand and model that feels great to me.
- Shop at retailers who know their stuff. Some footwear stores even have podiatrists available (foot doctors).
- Shop at retailers (either local or online) who offer an unconditional guarantee, at least when trying a new brand or model. Paying $100 for a pair of shoes we can’t return unless they’re unworn isn’t much incentive to try them.
- Think about the weather I’ll be in — do I need waterproof? machine washable? good traction? insulated?
- I’ll probably need to pay around $100 for a decent pair of shoes, give or take $30.
- If my feet are dry and warm in the cold and wet — or ventilated in the heat — I’m much happier. You will be, too.
(PHOTO: Hiking the Baptism River spur trail, Superior Hiking Trail, Minnesota)