“What’s the need of visiting far-off mountains and bogs if a half hours walk will carry me into such wildness and novelty” Hens David Thoreau
I didn’t think about why I was slipping and sliding so much until I went for a walk with my friend Margaret and saw how steady she was on her feet.
My boots had worn out so gradually, I didn’t know it had happened.
Margaret was my research for choosing to get a pair of Muck Boots. She swears by them for keeping her feet warm, having great traction and lasting years.
So yesterday Jon and I went boot shopping.
I found out it’s not the best time to buy boots, many are already sold out. The first shop I went to didn’t have the one boot I was interested in my size. I gave up looking when the sales person tired to sell me something I’d already let her know I wasn’t interested in.
Tractor Supply was our next stop and although the shelves were mostly empty of boots, there was one pair of Muck Boots in my size left. I knew they mine as soon as I tried them on.
When we got home I went right out for a walk in the woods. I couldn’t believe how much easier it was for me to walk in the snow. It made me aware that I’d been taking shorter walks because it had become harder to walk in the snow.
Now I can’t wait to get back out there.
The only shopping I really enjoy is in thrift stores. And shopping for shoes always makes me nervous. In the past I’ve often had shoes that feel like they fit me when I first try them on but after I wear them a few times I realize they are either too big or too small.
The last pair of boots I bought for myself were hiking boots. I got them online and they never fit me right. I gave them away a year later.
Since then I have given up on the notion that I’m going to need hiking boots. I don’t hike anymore. Now I go walking in the woods. And almost always in the woods within walking distance from the farm.
So I’m grateful to have my new pair of Muck Boots. After wearing them for two days doing chores around the farm and walking in the woods, I know they are just right for me.