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Help me pick shoes 
10th-Jun-2013 08:38 pm
Bike Naked!
Whoa, I haven't posted here in ages. o_O

So I recently became a mail carrier. Yay! I genuinely enjoy the job a lot of the time, I get to be outside and walking for most of the day.

But as it turns out, I have twisted/lightly sprained my right ankle twice in less than a month, just from walking on uneven lawns. I have an ankle brace, but it's really not that comfortable to wear while walking all day. I cannot keep twisting my ankle--it's excruciatingly painful and slows me down.

So I've decided to try wearing hiking boots instead. People wear them all day walking on rough terrain, after all. And they come with ankle support built in!

The shoes have to be black (or mostly black/dark colors) to fit the dress code. And I've found these: http://www.veganessentials.com/catalog/path-finder-hemp-hiking-boot-by-wicked-hemp--womens-black.htm

(ETA: Doesn't look like they carry them anymore, and neither does anyone else. ARGH.)

Has anyone tried them? Or have other ideas?
Comments 
11th-Jun-2013 05:13 pm (UTC)
Oh good luck! My dad was a letter carrier for 42 years before he retired a few years ago.

How about: http://www.vegetarian-shoes.co.uk/hiking_boots___safety_boots/trail_boot_mk_2_black/10765_p.html

I didn't know you could wear shoes outside of the regulation catalog! Or do you get special dispensation for being vegan?
11th-Jun-2013 07:29 pm (UTC)
My husband is a mail carrier. After a couple of years of experimenting, he came to the conclusion that the vegan hiking boots he tried would not hold up to the kind of strain he puts them through, and resigned himself to leather boots at work.
Let me know if you find something, I'm sure he'd be interested.
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