January 16, 2017

If You have to Walk Out of the City

If you live in an apartment in the midst of a big city there is always a chance you may have to walk out in an emergency.   This is not something that I hope ever happens; trust me, walking out of a sprawling metropolis does not appear anywhere on my wish list.  However, as we continue to watch the events in Japan, we know that the possibility exists that even in the most developed cities, transportation systems can be disrupted at any time.

Besides having a “go bag” (See my previous post “Bug Out Basics“) now is the time to identify what footwear you will grab on your way out the door.

Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind:

  • If you have to walk through debris, flooded streets or whatever crisis awaits, you definitely want the most comfortable, most protective shoes possible.  This means a closed toe pair of shoes with durable soles.  The comfy sandals that may have served you well in the past won’t fit the bill.
  • Hiking shoes come in low-cut, mid-cut or high-cut, with the high cut shoes giving the maximum ankle support.  I do not have a preference-it just has to be comfortable for the wearer.
  • As far as material, the shoes can be made of either be leather or synthetic material or a combination.  Leather tends to be more durable, but requires more time to “break in” and are more expensive while synthetic materials are lighter, tend to cost a bit less, but may not last as long.
  • Whatever material or price, make sure the shoes are already “broken in”  Hiking out of the city in a pair of new shoes will cause blisters.
  • Choose the shoes with the best fit:  a good fit means you can wiggle your toes inside the shoe, but not too loose that your feet slide around inside.   They should feel firm around your feet, but not too constricting.

I am not recommending running out and spending tons of cash on a pair of hiking shoes.  Just identify which shoes you’d want to have on your feet if you had to trek out of your city in an emergency.  During a crisis you won’t have time to be searching for just the right pair of shoes, so do it now while nothing is going on, and leave the shoes in an easy-to-reach spot by the door.

hiking shoes
Hiking Shoes


6 Comments on If You have to Walk Out of the City

  1. Enjoy your blog… thanks! I had the “joy” of living in Toronto in the late 1990s when the subways system went down. It was an eye opener as I walked the six miles home from work… had never recognized the reality that getting out of the downtown core was literally all up hill and at the end of a work day with everyone around you stressed it was exhausting. It made me recognize that being able to walk that route with ease was essential and I began to walk it weekly. For the ten years, I lived in Toronto, I made a point of walking to and from work at least once a week. Took the fear and panic out of having to do it. Today I miss the walking but not the city…

    • Good to hear from someone who has done it. It seems intimidating when you are imagining it, but walking it daily must have made it much easier. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  2. I was just thinking about this myself last week. So today, I found a pair of hiking boots at the outlet mall. I can’t wait to start breaking them in! 🙂

    • That is great you got a new pair of hiking boots! Now the fun part of taking walks with them.

  3. Another thing that is really worth having is an extra pair of socks. Imagine something happening and you have to hike 10 miles to safety with nylons and hiking boots! I now have an emergency backpack in my trunk with energy bars, bottles of water, flashlight, socks, hiking shoes and a lighter. Better safe than sorry!

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