I buy good shoes, and especially good hiking boots.
One of the things you learn in the military pretty damned quick is that there is little as valuable or more important than quality footwear. Don’t skimp when it comes to boots. Seriously.
And that goes double for me. During an at sea boarding a couple of years ago, I managed to fracture four bones in my foot. Specifically my left instep. For various reasons that I’m not going to go into, it didn’t get casted up, I just kept the foot wrapped in a tightly laced boot and eventually it healed. Sort of. As you might imagine that type of stupidity has an associated cost. After I retired the VA X-rayed it, shrugged, and said, “Well, there’s not much we can do about it, now.”
So I get some percentage of disability for it, along with all the other damage the Navy did to my body over two decades, and I don’t think about it much.
But I buy damned good boots, especially hiking boots because otherwise I’d be crippled a lot of the time.
That’s the tongue of my expense leather Hi-TEC hiking boot. Notice the odd raggedy corners?
The tongue on the matching boot looks the same.
How did that happen?
What strange wear pattern do my boots experience that causes such odd damage?
Did you answer, this:
Somebody is going to get a beating.
Crap, what were there? Ten, fifteen typos in this post? I'm suffering an allergy attack this morning and having a lot of trouble focusing my eyes, but damn, I didn't realize it was that bad. Urk. I think I fixed most of them.