Right Shoes for the Job

May 6, 2006 at 8:35 pm 2 comments

Earlier this week, my friend Phillip had a post on The Right Tool for the Job where he discussed struggling with a task and teaching himself once again the value of using the correct tool.

Today, I learned a similiar lesson– "The Right Shoes for the Job"

It was such a pretty day, I took the the dogs (three of them– I'm watching Meredith Webber's dog Lily this weekend) out for a quick hike.  We went from VA-635 to Pine Swamp Shelter and back.  It was a total of 4.8 miles and relatively flat– a hike I could do in my sleep! 

 Tall Dogwood

Instead of wearing my regular Asolo hiking boots, I wore some outdoor sandals.  It was not my best decision.

These sandals aren't new and they are well broken in.  They were with me in Pennsylvania and Kentucky last July.  They were with me in Delaware in August.  They were with me in Las Vegas in November.  They've been on walks and kayaking outings.  In warm weather, I wear them to work.  So it is a footwear my feet are well accustomed to. 

Nonetheless, over the course of a 4.8 rocky trail, they did not treat my feet too well.  I got three blisters.  I slipped more often.  And finally, I didn't anticipate "the stick factor".  The open toes and heels left more opportunity for little sticks and rocks to get stuck under my feet.

So let's compare this week's hike to last week's hike:

  Last Week This Week
Footwear Hiking Boots Outdoor Sandals
Mileage 13.1 4.8
Altitude Climb ~1500-1800 feet Negligible
Blisters 0 3
Foot Discomfort None Moderate

I think the metrics tell a clear message!

My website contains other pictures of my Pine Swamp Hike.  Also, I only have 11.5 miles until my RATC patch. 🙂

Entry filed under: Appalachian Trail, footwear.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Clint  |  May 8, 2006 at 1:33 pm

    Put tape (duct, masking) on your feet to avoid blisters. Friction hits the tape instead of your foot.

  • 2. RATC-Maintained Trail - DONE! « TGAW  |  March 17, 2008 at 9:24 am

    […] Number of blisters I sustained (On Pine Swamp Shelter to VA-635, see Right Shoes for the Job) […]


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