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Originally posted by harrytuttle
In a world where you can't even find replacement boots/shoes after a year, I highly doubt people would live long enough for it to be a concern.
My point is, in that world, we are all dead anyway. If you find yourself still alive, with so many dead, and you STILL can't find replacement boots to scavenge from dead people/abandoned stores/empty houses, etc...then something is seriously destroyed with that world.
Again, in that world, you probably won't live long enough for it to worry you.
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
Most people will require shoes. Waterproof is best and athletic shoes are the most versatile.
I keep a pair of "crocs" (flexible rubber sandals basically) in my B.O.B. just for around the camp and when wading is unavoidable.
People forget they will have to get their feet wet on occasion.
The Mexican sandal is a good idea, but not easy to make as you say.
The best leather for making mocassins should be cut from the thickest parts of the hide you are making it from (not the back as it is the thinnest)
Improvised footwear can be make from bark and even grass,
Ingenuity is the key here.
It still wouldn't hurt anyone to learn to walk barefoot. It will make you more acutely aware your surroundings.