This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
If you live or work in the 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, we know that the possibility exists that even in the most developed cities, transportation systems can be disrupted at any time.
Besides knowing how to escape your building, now is the time to identify what footwear you will grab on your way out the door.
How to choose your “walk out of the city” shoes
- 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 or flip flops 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 you “break in” your shoes as soon as you buy them. Hiking out of the city in a pair of new shoes will cause painful 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.
- It’s a good idea to have a blister gel guards or moleskin pads in your first aid kit in case you do develop blisters during your trek.
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. Even if you choose another type of shoe, such as running or walking shoes, as long as they are comfortable. 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, under your desk or in the trunk of your car.