As America totters on the brink of economic collapse, conflict, racial strife, and open governmental tyranny –one subject that my brothers need to consider is that of footwear for crisis situations.
If one is to be working the land, covering large distances on foot, hiking over rough terrain, occasionally running, and fording creeks –one should not be wearing penny loafers or Nikes! Serious shoes are required.
My daily footwear is combat boots and cowboy boots. While I like the style and comfort of cowboy boots, they are not ideal for running, hiking over rough terrain, or paramilitary use.
I currently own four pairs of boots that see regular use. They are: (1) an old (heavily worn) pair of HH/Corcoran “Tanker” combat boots with side wrap instead of laces, (2) a pair of Corcoran #1525, ten inch Leather Field Boots, (3) a pair of Tony Llama “Americana” cowboy boots, and (4) a pair of inexpensive (uninsulated) rubber boots. I also have a pair of fancy Tony Llamas for dress, and a pair of running shoes for running. But 95% or more of the time I am wearing one of the aforementioned four pairs of boots.
Slip on boots are convenient when one will be working in the mud, and frequently going indoors. Not all slip on boots have a “cowboy” style high heel (which is not optimum for walking long distances). Tie on boots generally are better for activity on rough terrain, as one’s foot does not slip as much inside the boot.
While not pleasant in hot weather, slip on rubber “muck/barnyard” type boots are very useful for several activities. They keep ones feet dry while fording creeks, do not require much cleanup after being in major deep mud, and are inexpensive (currently around $20). And you can even find inexpensive American made ones!
The downside is that rubber boots are lousy for running, and ones feet get cold in them in wintertime. Insulated ones are available, but all the ones I have seen are foreign made.
Athletic/tennis shoes are comfortable, and great for walking long distances and running. They DO NOT protect ones feet when hiking over rough ground, are not waterproof, and disintegrate under hard use. There is a reason that armies do not issue their troops tennis shoes instead of leather combat boots! After a collapse, tennis shoes will be basically worthless. Ankle length hiking boots are sort of a cross between a tennis shoe and a combat boot; I am not impressed with them for hard service.
I believe that the best all-around boot for work, hiking, and combat is the leather, lace up combat boot. My pair of Corcoran brand combat Leather Field Boots is my favorite pair of boots. (I am wearing them in the header picture of this site as I kneel on the creek’s gravel bar). Combat boots can be run in, but not with the same comfort over long distances as athletic shoes. I normally run three miles in running shoes, but I rarely run over a mile in combat boots.
At this point in my life, I only buy American made boots. My Corcoran 1525 Leather Field Boots are superb quality, American made, good looking, comfortable, and functional. They do retail for about $200, but they can be found online for perhaps 20% off if one shops around. (I think Corcoran was owned by the HH Brown Shoe Co., and my 12 plus year old HH Tanker boots are now sold as Corcorans). I have also, in the past, owned several pairs of the Altama brand American made boots that are commonly available for $80-90. Compared to Corcoran, they are junk. Sorry, but it is true.
You need to have at least one pair of good boots. On a final note, I remember reading somewhere several years ago an adage to the effect that “if there is light to see your sights, you should have your boots on”. That is a prudent thought, my fellow Amerikaners.
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