smart and stupid

Smart: Taking a four-mile test walk with backpack wearing my proposed travel clothes and new travel shoes and socks.

Stupid: Taking a four-mile test walk with backpack wearing my proposed travel clothes and new travel shoes and socks.*

I’ve never had blood-soaked shoes before. At least I have several weeks for my feet to recover before the trip. Which will be made in my old shoes.

*I wasn’t as stupid as it may sound, as I had taken several one- and two-mile walks in the shoes, and I thought those preliminary tests had revealed no problems. The socks might have contributed. Still, I’m both really thankful that I had this experience now, before the trip, and at the same time really mad at myself for doing so much damage to my feet.

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7 thoughts on “smart and stupid”

  1. Yikes. I had a similar problem a couple years ago with my cleats on a rainy day. Those specialty blister bandaids that are meant to be left on for several days really did work well to heal my feet. You might want to check them out.


  2. I often have problems with new shoes when I run or walk. I don’t know where your blisters are but I have found that a good solution is to purchase some waterproof first aid tape by Johnson & Johnson.

    Just take a few strips when you blisters heal and place them over the places where the shoe rubs the skin. It will protect your skin and allow the shoe to move freely with the sock.


  3. too late for this now, but using a sock liner will usually prevent blisters, because the sock will rub against the sock liner instead of against the pressure point. sheer kneehighs are what we used in the military, they worked fine to break in boots on marches.


  4. I can relate. I too had worn my new shoes before, but not for a whole day with a long hike. Sadly, I had the crippling bloody blister problem while hiking by myself in the Mozel River Valley. Fortunately, the pharmacist in a nearby small town patched me up with moleskin and waterproof tape.


  5. I made the mistake of wearing new shoes to ASA the year I was on the market. Long story short: it was hell. My roommate laughed maniacally as I taped up my feet every morning like a basketball player.


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