Monday, October 30, 2006

winter boots

Winter walking requires decent shoes. As a pedestrian you've probably already realized the limitations of stilletos and treadless loafers in any significant journey. Traction, insulation, waterproofing, and stain resistance are all good qualities to look for in witer shoes. They don't have to be expensive, just comfortable and appropriate for the task at hand. That said, we find taht with shoes, you often get what you pay for.

We try to avoid consumer-oriented tips as we don't see getting around as a hobby on which to blow pocket money. If you've lived in Michigan for more than a year, you've likely already invested in some good winter boots. But if you are looking for some new footwear, you may as well get something that is good for the coming winter.

comfortableshoes.com is the online version of the Boulder-based Pedestrian Shops, a shoe store for pedestrians. You may well wonder what kind of shoe store isn't for pedestrians until you look over their boot selection, which is a great collection of comfortable, warm, and weather-proof footwear. They offer some stylish choices that are still practical for people who walk further than than car-to-door distances.

We'd like to list some more local shopping options for boots and would appreciate any recommendations from readers.

2 comments:

Bruce Fields said...

I'm afraid my strategy has always just been to buy one pair of shoes, wear them till they develop holes, then buy another.

The winter never seemed to merit special shoes, but maybe I don't know what I'm missing.

Scott said...

"The winter never seemed to merit special shoes, but maybe I don't know what I'm missing."

That depends on what kind of shoes you wear. If you are currently sporting sandals, I can guarentee that a comfy and water-resistant walking boot would be a pleasant surprise!

I a big fan of simple living, but I think that two pairs of shoes worn appropriately instead of just consecutively last a lot longer.