>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.

8 thoughts on “>These shoes were made for walking

  1. Josie 25 July 2009 / 11:44 am

    >hope they wear as good as they look, not bad price. I bought some walking trainers/shoes from wynsors two years ago, think I paid about £10- £20, and wore them when I worked at Royal Mail, you're stood up about 7hrs a day ,then wore them other week to Waddington,walking round for 6hrs, great, felt like I'd had my slippers on all day! I've also got some regatta walking boots, think they were about £40 and never wear them cos they hurt!Josie x


  2. devonellington 25 July 2009 / 1:48 pm

    >They look fabulous! Congrats, especially at the price.Can you get some moleskin at the shoemaker's/cobbler's? It's very thin and comes in sheets, adhesive backed. You cut out what you need for rough spots in the shoe,boot, like rough seams or if anything's poking at you. It's thin enough so it doesn't affect the shoe size, and it helps your comfort level.We use it in the theatre all the time, because shoes take a beating 8X/week, and I've started using it in real life, too.


  3. Teresa Ashby 25 July 2009 / 2:04 pm

    >Very nice! I love Sports Direct – such great bargains to be had there.


  4. Sue Houghton 25 July 2009 / 3:08 pm

    >Family and I went for an unplanned stroll round Linacre Woods the other day and I was unsuitably clad in cream trousers and white toepost sandals! Several ramblers gave me pitying looks. I must've looked a proper townie!


  5. Diane 26 July 2009 / 9:21 pm

    >Josie: My lovely old, old boots were only cheap Hi-Tech and I was told they wouldn't last … about 10 years ago.Devon: Yes, I have pre-cut moleskin, but they seem to cause even more rubbing. The instructions tell us to apply to the skin, but not to the chafing part of the shoe. I might try that instead.Teresa: I love Sports Direct too, but you have to watch them on their returns policy – or not.Sue: I loved seeing your pictures from Linacre Woods. Woulda liked to see the "townie" outfit too. :o)Melissa: Thank you. And they didn't let me down.


  6. devonellington 27 July 2009 / 1:45 pm

    >Those who wrote the instructions must be smoking something. Moleskin is fastened to the shoe — the adhesive holds it in place, and that way, as you brush against it, the softness is against your foot and it doesn't cause a blister.


  7. Diane 27 July 2009 / 2:14 pm

    >Well yes, it's logical now. But the "destructions" clearly say to clean the skin with an alcohol or medicated wipe before securely fastening over the wound.


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