How did I come to wear such eccentric footwear? Actually, it was nothing more than a happy accident. I started hiking a few years ago and quickly walked through too many pair of boots to count. I would spend a few weeks breaking in new boots (blisters and all), walk about 300 miles, throw the boots in the garbage and start all over again. Finally, I bought a pair of Corcoran combat boots. I slid my feet into the boots and knew I had found my new best friends. They were actually made to fit my feet - I didn't have to force my feet to fit the boots or have my toes squeezed unbearably! The toe bed was wide and the arch support excellent, a perfect fit.
I did have to break the boots in (I doctored blisters for about a week) but have worn them happily every day since (about a year and a half). I have come to truly appreciate their ruggedness and fit and have even come to appreciate their handsome good looks! I love them so much that I have added another pair to my collection. Now, I have not only a stylish OD pair, but also black with leather toe caps.
As far as I'm concerned combat boots are a preparedness essential. Comfortable, durable, well-fitting boots are a requirement if you are on the move or on the homestead. Sir Knight swears by Danner boots and Master Hand Grenade loves his RAT boots, but me - I think I'll stick with my Corcoran's!
Until next time....