Everyday shoes/boots for SHTF readiness

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Kevin L

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I'm going to make another comment about footware.

I listen to a friend of mine whom used to hike on the Apallachin Trail with--get this!--Converse All-Star High-Top sneakers.

His arguments were interesting, so I got a pair (I used to wear them everywhere when I was a kid), and did several day hikes in the multitude of hiking trails in my area.

I was pleasantly surprised! I'm glad I had a open mind on the subject.

The High-Tops provide good ankle support (but not as good as a combat boot . . . but let us compare apples with apples instead of apples with oranges). They are light when compared with a combat boot, they dry out very quickly (almost like a Vietnam-style jungle boot), they don't scream: "Hello, Everyone! I'm a prepper! Come rob me!," they are extremely durable (I once wore a pair for almost 3 years nonstop when I worked a more physical job in my early twenties, they can be worn on almost any informal occasion, and I believe they deserve a worthy place of honor in the prepper's storage space.

There used to be a preservative spray that one could put on sneakers (it's like a water-proof silicone coating), but I never really felt like I needed them.

I usually put Odor-Eaters in my shoes (beside the obvious reason) because it seems to help preserve the insole . . . and also seems to help prevent athlete's foot, except I may have had skewed experiences on this subject.
 

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another oldie dug from the grave >>>

footwear is going to be the major downfall of the sheeple early on - one of MANY - the typical sheeple closet is one sorry azz topic these days in regard to labor and the outdoors - lucky if there's much more than leisure wear of one type or another ....

clothing unfortunately is another one of those major imports - JIT delivery and seasonal >>> if a SHTF disruption like COVID catches the retail stores wrong there won't be any proper clothing available ....

when they come for your Beenie Weenie they might be leaving with the boots off your feet ....
 

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EDC, flat soled athletic-type shoes with an ability to grip concrete or granite should I need to climb. Heavier duty, I have a pair of USMC surplus boots from a military supply store which are excellent. They evidently were worn once in Afghanistan. I got them for $32.00.

Once in my 30s my wife and I hiked down Haleakala, a 14,000 ft. mountain in Hawaii. I had the latest, greatest pair of trail boots. By the time I got down to sea level I was a cripple. Make sure you know your shoes before going on a long trip.
 

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EDC, flat soled athletic-type shoes with an ability to grip concrete or granite should I need to climb. Heavier duty, I have a pair of USMC surplus boots from a military supply store which are excellent. They evidently were worn once in Afghanistan. I got them for $32.00.

Once in my 30s my wife and I hiked down Haleakala, a 14,000 ft. mountain in Hawaii. I had the latest, greatest pair of trail boots. By the time I got down to sea level I was a cripple. Make sure you know your shoes before going on a long trip.
Agreed.

And boots should be broken in before going on any trip.
 

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Agreed.

And boots should be broken in before going on any trip.
I’m on vacation right now and wore a new pair of sketcher tennis shoes today. Even with well sized sneakers my feet are sore right now with all the exploring I did. I never realized even sneakers need to be broken in some. Not anything like boots but still some newness to wear in.
 

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