A long time ago, I was a fat kid. And I did not like that much. It’s no fun being fat. I was teased a lot in high school. Then I went on a diet and I bounced around with my weight a lot. Thankfully, I have discovered hiking with combat boots as a new hobby. I have been doing totally awesome ever since. You know what I like the best about the noble sport of hiking? It’s the outdoors, man. It’s the variety in landscapes that you get to see when you travel from one part of the trail to the next.
I once made the mistake of trying to hike a trail on a pair of sandals. I have regretted it like nothing else. You know what’s so bad about taking a long walk on crappy footwear? Your feet get all blistery and they become painful and it really sucks. That’s why you have got to buy a good pair of boots for your feet, otherwise you are going to have a seriously bad time, just like I had on that fateful first hiking trip. I hated it so much that I almost never went back to hiking again.
I have been in the military and I still had a bunch of army boots lying around from the time when I was in service. I have always loved my tactical research boots, as they have never let me down once in my entire life. The greatest thing that I like about army boots is that they are built to last. You have to stand up on those the whole darn time when you are serving in the military, so it is important that they give you lots of support. And indeed, they do give you lots of support. The reason why I have never thrown these away is because, after many years of service, they are still good enough that I can wear them and walk around on them and be comfortable.
So when you think about it, military boots are actually quite a good investment on your hard earned money. We are living in harsh times and you really need to watch what you spend your money on these days. Good footwear is one of the most solid investments that you can make. If you are poor, then you can’t afford good shoes and you will end up buying the cheapest ones that you can afford. And this is where the real trouble starts, because those cheap shoes are not going to last a very long time. Give them a month or two and they will start falling apart. Now you have to buy new ones again. And since you’re poor, you can’t afford higher priced ones this time either. And that’s how it keeps on going… you’ll buy one cheap pair after another, and in the big picture, you’re spending even more than you would have if you had been able to buy high quality shoes, which are also higher priced because of their quality.
So it definitely makes sense to save up for a good pair of army boots, especially when you’ve taken up a walking intensive hobby such as hiking, like I have. Combat boots are going to last forever, for years on end even. Even when you are wearing them all day, every day. Even when you take them on a hike. Brian Bradshaw from the Boot Bomb agrees as well, because he has written about this stuff extensively and his experiences are exactly the same as mine. You never want to argue with a guy who has lots of experience, I always say.
You know what I like the best about those sturdy combat boots of mine? They have gore-text, meaning that they are really good at keeping water out and wicking away moisture. You certainly don’t want to get too much moisture in your boots, because otherwise you are going to be drowning in your very own boots. Footwear of any kind tends to get very uncomfortable when you are getting sweaty feet. They start rubbing up against the boot material and they will start getting chafy and stuff. Don’t you just hate it when your footwear is giving your feet blisters and sores?
You need breathable boots, otherwise you are going to have a problem. Gore text lets the moisture out, but does not let any of it in. So all in all, tactical research boots breathe really really well. Soldiers and hikers alike are constantly standing up straight and finding themselves having to walk and run. It can take a lot from you. You absolutely need boots that will give support to your arches, your heels and your toes. A good boot has a flexible midsole, because if it doesn’t… then you can develop plantar fasciitis. And that’s something you don’t ever want to have to experience in your entire life.
Plantar fasciitis is a very painful affliction of the foot. It affects the so called plantar fascia tendon, which is a tendon that connects your heels to your toes. It runs all across the bottom of your foot and it is a fairly large tendon. If you get pain in this, then you are going to hate your life from that point on. Not only hikers and soldiers develop this condition. Some people who are overweight and have to stand up during their work all day also get this affliction. It is heridatary to a certain point, so if your parents had it… then you are at a higher than average risk. It will certainly help to get the best work boots for plantar fasciitis you can find.
I once contracted plantar fasciitis myself and immediately took steps to solve this problem. You do not want to have an inflamed and thicked and painful plantar fascia, because you won’t even be able to stand up anymore once you have it. If you let it get out of hand, it’s a fairly crippling condition, which should not be underestimated. Usually, this condition can be cured without having to resort to surgery. But you do need to catch it in time, otherwise you are going to be sorry you let it get worse and worse and worse. Just buy good footwear. I recommend combat boots, but I guess you already knew that.