One of the remaining areas I started considering are shoes to wear on the road. I’ve looked around a lot and read reviews on walking shoes, different shoes folks have said were good for traveling. Lets be specific though. What is really needed is a shoe with low maintenance and not requiring re-purchase in 3 months or even 6 months. While I like the Merrel’s Moab shoes; they do not last an amount of time I feel works. I go through a pair in about 4 months. What to do after that? It may be difficult find another pair in Vietnam or Cambodia.
I needed a different kind of shoe. A legendary shoe. A boot. So I settled on a work boot from Red Wing. The Chukka boot to be particular in this model. The Chukka is not a boot you put on one day and walk all day in the next. This boot requires break in and patience. But I think once you do, you are rewarded with a tough and versatile piece shoe that will last the long walk.
I’ve had the boots now for a week and I’m glad that I’ll have time to get them broken in completely. My approach to getting them trip worthy is to wear them a portion of each day gradually increasing the time and what I do in them. Today I’ll wear them in the afternoon for a few hours and spend time with my daughter. In weeks or perhaps a month they will become “the boot” and even more. They will last for the long haul. Perhaps I get them resoled or buy a new pair in a year or two.
Shoes are important on the road. They create the stability not only for the foot but for the endeavor. You need a long term friend there to lean on that will provide the best and durable standard.
Check out Red Wings if you have a mind. Not cheap but perhaps you get what you pay for.