5 Shoe Styles For Your SHTF Gear List

Survival shoes?  Really?  You bet.  I mean after all had you intended to run around the woods at your Bug Out locale in bare feet How to pick survival shoeslike a Hobbit?  I didn’t think so.  Even if you Bug In, you still need decent footwear for the durability and comfort of everyday task completions.  Anybody that works on their feet knows the value of good shoes not only at work but once the day is over, too.  Whether it’s military, law enforcement, construction, factory work, or any other trade requiring you to stand or walk all or most of the day, then quality shoes are a top commodity.  The same goes for all outdoors people from lumbermen, commercial fishermen, ranchers, farmers, hunters, and yes, survivalists as well.

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

Proper Footwear Basics

Before I venture into my list of suggested footwear style categories to consider for survival

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  • Leon June 18, 2015, 9:19 am

    The best pair of boots is as elusive as that mythical all-around survival knife. Here are some that work for me: http://survivalcommonsense.com/how-to-pick-the-best-pair-of-huntinghiking-bootsfeed/

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  • UltimateOrdnance June 18, 2015, 3:51 pm

    Get a good pair of waterproof snake-proof boots and you can eliminate the Cold Weather, Mud, and Hiking categories. If you live in venomous snake country, that’s the only pair you need, and the pair you better be wearing when you bug-out!

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    • bamaman September 14, 2015, 4:08 pm

      just bought a new pair of danner snake boots. they are the lace ups but they are twice as light as the lacrosse rubber boots and three times lighter than the leather slip ons. highly recommended.

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  • Rob June 18, 2015, 4:56 pm

    I have several pairs in each category, and I’m continually adding to them. Found a nice pair of Sorels at a garage sale this year for $2.00, and a nice pair of Skechers low profile hiking shoes for 50 cents. I also have steel toe boots covered, and Crocs are my indoor and around camp shoe.

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  • Codpiece June 19, 2015, 12:09 pm

    Carry 100 feet of black paracord to lace up your battlefield pickups. Not the best stuff for shoes and boots, but it works in a pinch when you have to cut the laces to remove shoes from a bloated corpse.

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  • Kidney Healing June 19, 2015, 3:20 pm

    An Inspiring Scenario For Many Who Experience Kidney_Condition https://www.facebook.com/peter.fawler/posts/1634272283468938

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  • Pineslayer June 19, 2015, 10:44 pm

    Hey Codpiece, correct and thanks for keeping things fun. Footwear has become a OCD issue around here, luckily they store well in tubs. I really need to hoard and use more lightweight hikers. I live in my combat boots most days and reach for them every hike. There is a saying, ‘ A pound on the feet is like five on your back’. I might need to evolve.

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    • Codpiece June 20, 2015, 12:30 am

      Glad you caught the humor. I’m OCD about boots too. Actually CDO.

      (OCD in alphabetical order)

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  • irishdutchuncle June 20, 2015, 5:28 am

    if you had to limit yourself to just one pair of shoes,
    what would they be?

    yeh, I have a lot of footwear, myself. I agree with Rob, see above:
    Crocs. my wife bought me a pair, in “real tree” camo. they’re more practical than my slippers, or moccasins. maybe expensive sandals would be better…
    the sandals would be easier to run in than the Crocs. it’s a good idea to have something for your feet, if you need to flee the house, in the middle of the night. I like the idea of Gore-Tex, or neoprene socks for waterproofing my feet, in preference to waterproofing my shoes.

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  • Roger June 20, 2015, 3:44 pm

    For me house slippers means barefoot! People who wear foot ware all the time have very soft feet. Ever watch a ‘survival’ show called ‘Naked and Afraid’, after the realization that their naked asses are going to be on television hits them, the next thing most of them realize is that their bare feet hurt! Duh! Cheap tennis shoes are good for everyday, light duty wear, but IMHO lace-up leather boots with composite toes (steel toes are cold in winter) are best most of the time. I prefer Herman Survivor boots but to each his own. Don’t forget to wear a size larger to allow you to use a second pair of socks in cold weather.
    Waterproof boots just make my feet sweat in warm/hot weather so I keep a pair of military chemical overboots (three sizes larger) rolled up in my backpack to put onto the leather boots when crossing wet areas and/or just the chem boots if crossing deep water. I used to cross streams barefoot until I stepped on a broken-bottle bottom mid-stream, thank the Budda (or whoever) for duct tape; only way to keep the bandage on, still have the scar many years later. Quote the Raven “Never More”! Good Luck!

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    • Anonymous August 11, 2015, 11:55 am

      Buddha, really ? What did Buddha ever do for me? This is America we believe in God and His son Jesus, who died for me and you. We don’t worship idols made by human hands. The Ten Commandments say : thou shalt have no other gods before me (I.e.-the one true God).

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      • ohio e.m.t. September 19, 2015, 9:37 pm

        Lighten up. Not everyone has the same belief as you. I’m an ordained minister… and when I hear believers belittle anyone else for their own beliefs… It saddens me. Remember the first amendment and then remind yourself that you have that right due to a forward thinking deist named Jefferson and an atheist named Madison.

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        • Echo December 8, 2015, 10:49 pm

          thank you for your reply to Anonymous. you made my heart smile!

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  • Anonymous June 23, 2015, 10:24 am

    SHTF slippers? I think we know how long this guy will last.

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  • BamaMan July 9, 2015, 5:10 pm

    if you like a traditional leather boot (upland bird hunter boot) then Filson makes a pair that are unbeatable, except for the price!

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  • ohio e.m.t. September 19, 2015, 9:38 pm

    Lighten up. Not everyone has the same belief as you. I’m an ordained minister… and when I hear believers belittle anyone else for their own beliefs… It saddens me. Remember the first amendment and then remind yourself that you have that right due to a forward thinking deist named Jefferson and an atheist named Madison.

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  • TPSnodgrass January 16, 2018, 1:35 pm

    Thanks for the stroll down Memory Lane, I grew up wearing Chuck Taylor LOW black Converse. Was the uniform footwear grow8ng up. As I beat them up and got new ones, the old ones were re-purposed into fishing/wading shoes. Worked well back then.
    Now, I like my feet comfortable in sturdy Old Man Comfort boots and shoes. (Not a brand, just what I call them)

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