It is absolutely essential that you have at least a pair of good work boots or ‘hiking’ boots as part of your overall preparedness. Why? Because the best boots are those which will hold up under the stress of hard use and will stand the test of time. It’s important.
I cannot emphasize enough the fact that there are some things that are worth spending the extra money on, and good boots are one of them.
Note: If you’re not able to shell out the bucks for the best boots, just make sure that you have a decent pair of what you can afford.
Here’s more about why you need them, and a few specific choices:
Why You Need The Best Boots For ‘Work’ or ‘Hiking’
Lets face it, from the standpoint of preparedness, if and when things ‘go bad’ we will all be on our feet much more than before. And in many hypothetical scenarios and circumstances this WILL be very significant. Use your own imagination to understand this fact…
A way-of-life that requires physical assertion, lots of walking, climbing, working in potentially adverse conditions, are going to require the best protection for your feet.
If you are already living a full or partial lifestyle of homesteading, you probably know quite well how important your work boots are. You probably even have a variety of boots for different purposes. For example, in addition to my own various pairs of ‘work boots’ I also have a pair of Muck Boots – which are a great investment (to keep your feet dry in the ‘muck’!).
‘Cheap’ boots will wear out faster (some, really fast) and will damage much quicker than better work boots. They will likely not be very comfortable – especially if wearing them for a long time, and may even cause blisters. It boils down to the design, construction and materials methodologies.
With that said, that is where the best work boots or hiking boots stand out… a superior design, superior construction, and superior materials. As you search for the ‘best boot’ you will discover an enormous array of styles – each attempting to appeal to your tastes, and many with purpose-designs towards a particular application our ‘use-case’ scenario.
One big difference between various boots that I have found over the years is the construction of the arch within the boot. Once you’ve worn a good boot (or shoe) with really good arch support and comfort, you will know what I mean. It makes a big difference.
I believe that most of us take our feet for granted. Until you’ve developed a blister, or slipped and twisted an ankle, or some other debilitating action that takes you off your feet, you will not appreciate the importance of being able to get around!
How Do I Know What’s The Best Boot?
I could ramble on about specific technicalities, however,
My general recommendation in this case is the following:
1. A good brand name! In this case, it is generally safe to say that buying a well-known very good brand name will assure that you’re getting a quality boot. Why? Because the fact that they’ve been around so long and have established a good reputation means that they are not going to damage that reputation by manufacturing an inferior product.
2. Read the reviews! While reading the manufacturers marketing feature-set is one thing, you will get the ‘real scoop’ by reading customer reviews. Amazon is always a great resource for this.
A few specific recommendations:
Danner boots are considered one of the best. They make LOTS of variety. Seems that every one of their boots are rated between 4 – 5 stars (the best). I searched them and discovered that this particular work/hiking boot seems to have the highest number of reviews (indicating its general popularity).
…and don’t forget the importance of good socks for those boots.
What are YOUR recommendations for quality brand names for work / hiking boots?