Got TEOTWAWKI? If you do, the question you’ll eventually be faced with is – got footwear? When the horrific mushroom cloud goes up and everyone is dropping from a nasty combination of fallout and bird flu gone human-to-human, gasoline won’t be present – or in very limited supply. Grocery stores will be empty. Your job will be non-existent. You’ll be . . . on your own.
One need only read The Road to know the importance of footwear in a post-apocalyptic world. With no gas available you’ll be walking – a lot! You’ll wear your shoes out at a much faster rate than what you do now. You won’t be sitting your butt down at work or on the pc, you’ll be outside – working your butt OFF! Your shoes are gonna wear out real fast.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “I’ll just takes the boots off a dead man.” Uh huh, a lot of people will try that. It might work, but running around picking the goods off corpses, possibly INFECTED corpses, doesn’t rank high as a desirable goal in my mind.
I would instead suggest you prepare now, that you prepare . . . like a woman! By that I mean secure many pairs of shoes and boots. You can do this quite economically simply by NOT throwing out your OLD pairs of shoes. When you wear a pair of shoes out in today’s world, it’s probably a different level of “worn out” condition than what you’d consider “worn out” when the cloud goes up. For this reason just toss your old shoes into a box or milk crate and store it overhead in your shed or garage. They won’t go bad. There’s no shelf life on shoes. Take a lesson from folks that lived during the Great Depression – keep EVERYTHING!
Here are a few pairs of Ranger Man SHTF shoes:
Oh baby, can’t ya just picture me on the runway? “Strut that stuff, Ranger Man” all the models in need of a few pounds would yell. “We soooo want you!” Yeah . . . . anyway.
I bet many of you are quickly drawn to that sexy pair of pinkish, plastic boots. No, they’re not women’s shoes, and I don’t know why Koflach made them pinkish, but whatever. They’re mountaineering boots that would normally cost around $225.00, but I scored these babies years ago at Eastern Mountain Sports. They were purchased, quickly returned, and then placed on a clearance table during mid-summer. I lucked out – they fit! $90 bucks! Beauty. They’ll take a mad pair of crampons and you won’t find a warmer pair of boots with better ankle support. You don’t really need these unless you climb mountains in the winter, but like I said, there is nothing warmer.
Moving to the far right are old, erotic New Balance sneakers. Yummy! Don’t ya just wanna stick ’em in your face and breathe deep? They were getting old so I kept them for mowing the grass and other summer outdoor work. This saves on wear and tear on my other shoes, and there’s still plenty of life left in these sweeties.
The tall set of boots are my super sweet, insulated, run through a bog and don’t get wet hunting boots. I also use them to take the wood ash out in the winter, and when I go up the road to shovel horse poop for my compost pile. The tread on these are sweet. It’s a great boot, pricey, but I take care of my equipment. They’ll last for years. Here they are at $140. Yup, like I said, ain’t cheap, but they’ll last forever.
At the far left is my favorite pair of shoes I own – heavy weight Limmers! These things have a cult-like following for good reason. Expensive? Lol – yeah, try $279.00. I originally bought them, because I am somewhat flat-footed, and my previous hiking boots were doing a number on my soles. This pair has a steel shank which made all the difference. I bought these suckers way back in 1996 – TWELVE years ago! I’ve put countless mountain miles on them since then and by “mountain miles” (in New England) I mean climbing LOTS of rock. I’ve used them extensively off the mountain as well. No other boot would take the abuse these boots have taken, and there’s still plenty of life left in them. They’ll take a pair of crampons as well, and if price is not an option, you can even get a pair custom made for your foot in New Hampshire. I understand there’s quite a wait list, though.
The Limmers and the Koflach boots were purchased while I was still in college, back when dumping a bunch of cash on hiking boots seemed quite natural. It’s probably a good thing I did it then.
– Ranger Man
BTW: Guest post tomorrow from HOBOSTRIPPER! Yep, she’s kickin’ it SHTF style.
Also, gold dropped again yesterday by $32.80. Ka-chow! Yowzer!