I packed my bag and in it I put .....(3)
I like my walking boots and I like the idea of walking boots. Putting on walking boots makes you feel you are preparing for something special, not just going for walk. I don't get the same feeling from light weight walking shoes - they don't feel serious. Unfortunately in over forty pages of information Chris challenges much of what I use as my boot wearing justification. .
Firstly he completely rejects the argument that boots provide some additional ankle support. If that's a priority you would need to wear some sort of nordic ski boot (no longer a priority).
Although my walking boots are already lightweight (just about the lightest Scarpa's I could get) they are heavy compared to the trainer type walking shoe and much heavier than the walking sandals Chris also advocates. My biggest concern in terms of my feet is that they start to hurt after about 15 miles particularly if you end the day walking on hard surfaces. I'm pretty sure that they will toughen up but my experience is that they hurt more if I wear the trainer type walking shoe rather than walking boots. Maybe it's because I spend a lot more effort choosing my boots than I do my shoes.
Anyway Chris has given me something to think about - maybe I should invest in some good walking shoes as an alternative to boots and see how I get on.
I have speculated in an earlier blog as to how many pairs of boots I might need to complete the E4 walk. Chris helpfully provides some pictures of the impact on soles of about 1000 miles - not much left in the way of tread!