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· Foot Pain
· Coffee Ridge
At a meeting when we started Coffee Ridge Hiking.com, the question was asked: who has the best walking shoes and hiking boots?
What a can of worms that one opened up!
Angry loud shouts of “Brand X, Brand Y, and Brand Z” went round and round the meeting room. This went on for awhile.
It got kinda ugly!
Finally Tom (our chief field tester and consultant) restored order by thumping an old beat-up funny looking hiking shoe/boot footwear thing on the table.
When things quieted down, Tom calmly said: “You’re all wrong – get the Keens”.
Then – it got really ugly. And personal. And mean.
Things were said. Like, You’re crazy, you’re full of it, Keens?, Keens? Haw, haw, never heard of ‘em, you old poop. And worst of all: ‘Keens? Aah, yer mother wears Keans haw haw haw’.
Now, hikers are all passionate about fitness walking and hiking. And footwear. But this was ridiculous.
Constructive (recordable) Minutes of the meeting read something like this:
Tom: Hey … I know. Let’s go hiking!
Brand X: Hiking?
Brand Y: Hiking?
Brand Z: Hiking-yeah, right you old-poop.
Tom: Let’s go hiking. And you can personally field evaluate what’s on your feet. Agreed? Agreed??
Brands X,Y & Z: Agreed.
Tom: Good. And be honest. Agreed?
Brands X,Y & Z: Grumble, grumble Agreed, you old…
Brand X: OK, where do we go hiking?
Tom: I know where.
Brand Y: What do we evaluate?
Tom: Foot Pain.
Brand Z: You old …
Now Tom is twice the age of many of us at Coffee Ridge. And older than dirt to some. But we can tell you, Tom is one walking, hiking, rock and hill climbing fool. He really knows how to cover some ground.
The shoe-test hike wasn’t particularly difficult or extreme. The pace unhurried. Slow to some. But the terrain was widely varied. Sometimes tricky. And most of all. There was lots of it. It was a good-tough fun day hike. Just right for all-day, on your feet, shoe and boot evaluating.
Test Results. Try this.
Walk: Evaluate your Feet. Not the Shoe.
What are Your Feet Telling You:
Screaming at you
Tom rated his feet Good/Tired/No Problems.
X,Y and Z admitted very sore to screamin’.
And two others reported ‘good’ and ‘good tired’.
Tom’s shoes looked familiar: old beat up Keens!
‘Good’ and ‘Good Tired’ wore new hiking boots. Keens from Zappos. Just before the ‘Best Shoes and Boots Challenge. You see, we’d been on a Tom hike before. And yes, our Mothers really do wear Keens! – CRH