Growing up in Florida on the sandy beaches only led to the early life assumption that I could spend the rest of my life barefoot. Stark realization hit me fast when I moved out of the state and realized my foolproof plan was unrealistic. From then on I’ve been attempting to make the best decisions I can daily about my footwear. I can’t say I always succeed, but I try!
It is so important for you to take the time to realize what type of shoe you want to wear when you #GetOutdoors. When we spent a summer in Utah (2010) and would climb around on the sandstone I discovered that I did not necessarily love the rugged Solomans that I owned. Around that time “toe shoes” were starting to make an appearance. I bought a pair and I LOVE THEM. They bend around the toes exactly like I want when I am using a small rock crevice as a leverage point. Clinton would disagree. He enjoys using the Solomans and prefers shoes that do not separate at the toes. We definitely don’t have to agree!
I lived in Spokane Washington back in 2012. It was my first true winter. I had never lived in a town over the winter to that point in my life, and it was eye opening. I learned what type of footwear was important when out playing in the snow. I also learned that slippers and socks were important or you would have really cold feet! When I was working in Alaska I knew I needed waterproof boots like XtraTufs or thigh high water proof waders for getting and and out of the boat in high, glacier cold water. I know this sounds crazy, but the main point is take your time and think about your footwear! Be realistic – what other body part goes through so much wear and tear on a daily basis? Take care of your feet and be smart when gearing up for a hike, walk, or run.