posted on Dec, 16 2006 @ 08:36 AM
Originally posted by nowthenlookhere
I guess it depends where you're living, but if snow and ice isn't involved, wouldn't bare feet or sandals be be the best long term option? Zero
risk of trench foot for a start! The feet soon toughen up... and we evolved without shoes over millions of years..
Of course in some environments this may be impractical, but if it's warm enough to have bare hands, it's warm enough for bare feet.
This from an all year round urban sandal wearer..
Where your living is right. A lot of those indigenous peoples don't have footwear as such and they will see off any survivalist on their patch
I know that the feet are pretty adaptive. When I was into athletics years ago I was doing heavy mileage and the feet were suffering, being locked in
position by shoes. So I started training barefoot to give the feet a break. It took time and hurt for a bit but I was amazed at the results. Sand,
stones, concrete no problem. I never sunburnt my feet either but accept that a possibility. The calves and feet had a different definition to them.
The only problem I noticed was at one stage I felt a squishy bit underfoot. Turned out to be an old blister or something deep under the callous that
had got pussy. It was weird just cut it out and way I went!!!
I am not advocating barefoot though, my feet ain't scorpion proof.
I suggest buy something and try it out a l lot for a long time before you need it. I remember buying a hi tech high capacity backpack, tried it in the
store thought it was great. Left it stored until I needed it...most useless piece of excrement I ever had.
I got a pair of boots, cant remember from where and see no label and I used them everywhere, hot or cold. I would have said couldn't be bettered.
They were like an old friend if you know what I mean. I think thats part of it trust in your equipment. Buying new and hoping it works when
needed..mmmm dodgy. Anyway these boots were great. Then in the Artic Circle I changed my mind. The locals were using boots with removable liners
Next time I go that way..oh yes.
I did not do the full local thing like the Sami though...
I am sure there ain't no all round solution though. I look at nature and see that all species adapt to whatever environment they are in...adapt or
To think that man can make something suitable for all environs and better nature is folly I reckon.
Try and buy.