posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 02:55 PM
What is your ideal footwear for living outdoors in?
In relation to a survival situation there can be a need for different footwear depending on your environment. I am asking this question in relation to
long periods spent in the wilderness, wet, muddy environments that may need a more substantial shoe/boot.
There was already a thread on military boots in the weaponry forum... www.abovetopsecret.com...
I thought i'd add this subject to the new survivalist forum as what you wear on your feet can mean the difference between many miles of comfort and a
world of pain, blisters or worse.
Personally i think i'd always go with some kind of military style boot. I like the support they give to the ankle and the protection a waterproof
pair gives against the elements. I've not tried too many of the boots on the civillian market, anyone any experience of these?
I need to get a new pair anyway and i've been trawling through the different sites recently. I like the Lowa boots, bit pricey but they do make good
boots, not sure how they would feel in dryer, hotter weather though?
I've been on the receiving end of bad feet when they've been subjected to the elements and it's not fun. It's ok being fit and prepared enough to
survive, but if your feet are not comfy and your footwear is substandard then forget it.
Anyone who thinks that footwear is not the end of the world when choosing survival equipment should think again. Footcare goes hand in hand with this
too, just do a search for conditions such as trench foot and take a look at what could happen if your feet are neglected.
Spare socks and foot powder should always feature in your BOB no matter how good your boots are.
So what is your ideal all round item of footwear for longterm outdoor use? What about ointments, greases, socks? Do you use any of these if out for a
long time on your feet?