>These shoes were made for walking

> My sister nagged me to get a new pair of boots as my old new boots crippled me and my gorgeous old old boots are letting in (and I spiked a sole earlier this year too, so they completely lost their weatherproof). She got some shoes last year for her South West Coast Path walk and I thought I might like to try a pair of those instead of boots. So I did a quick internet search, and I found these, on sale, just down the road. At Sports Direct. (Reduced from £69.99 to £20.99.)

Aren’t they lovely? (As walking shoes go.) They’re Karrimor. I have a lot of Karrimor stuff.

I walked around and around the shop in a battered beige/khaki pair, and then I got a brand new beige/khaki pair to see how much harder they were. I can feel them rubbing, but I’ll take lots of dressings and it’s easier to keep stopping to dress feet when you’re on your own than when you’re with a party. You don’t feel so guilty. The walk I’m going on is only an hour too. How much damage can they do in one hour? Also, the battered, shop-worn pair proved that they will give, which is more than I can say for my Gor-Tex-type new boots. (The old ones are suede.)

I got the charcoal/pink ones in the end because they match my walking trousers. If there’s one thing I don’t need it’s an excuse to spend yet more money on new walking trousers, when I already have 2 pairs that will go with these very well. I gave myself a pat on the back for that, because I did like the beige/khaki ones. Until I saw these.

That’s the slush fund exhausted for this month – but at least I didn’t get them on credit. I’ll let you know how I get on tomorrow.