posted on Apr, 26 2007 @ 10:00 AM
There is a man in Australia named Rob Bredtl that is called the "Barefoot bushman" or something like that. He has a show similar to Steve Irwin, but
he does everything barefoot. He walks around the jungle with bare feet, looking for poisonous snakes. If he can do it, anybody else can too.
Humans are just animals too. There was a time when we never had shoes. Just wearing socks and shoes your entire life has made them soft and useless in
nature. But it is possible to toughen up your feet. Try walking around without shoes on this summer wherever possible. In the backyard, on hot sand in
the beach. Especially walking on pavement will toughen them up quickly. However you may not like how your feet will look, especially if you are a
female and you want nice lady-like feet instead of one solid callus on the bottom of your foot, but that's not what survival is all about. Instead of
looking for a short-term solution, look for a long one. Change YOURSELF and your body structure, instead of relying on your environment. If you don't
rely on footwear in the first place, it won't be an issue. Like most survival issues and skills, it's something you need to build up NOW while you
still can, before any situation actually happens. But you can't be afraid to get your feet a little muddy, or even let them bleed at first.
If you have good hiking boots or steel-toed boots that lace quite a ways up and you wear them tight, I don't think it should be an issue. Any shoe
that slips off in mud or water isn't meant for survival in the first place.
If you HAD to make shoe replacements in nature, I would go with the tried and tested native-made moccasins.
In a real survival situation though, you will more likely:
1) Be in such a state of emergency that if you lose your shoes, you will just keep running, and not even stop to consider wrecking your feet. No time
to stop and knit yourself a pair.
2) Things will be in such a state of chaos that you can just break into a shut-down shoe store or house and get an easy replacement. Someone has
likely already beat you to it and taken all the good stuff (money, weapons, supplies), but most people would likely disregard taking the shoes. You
can get by in a pair of shoes that are one or two sizes too big or small if it was an emergency.
[edit on 26-4-2007 by Yarcofin]