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Date Posted: 12:46:26 01/14/09 Wed
Author: Pogue
Subject: Re: Things to Think About- McBride's shoe notions
In reply to: Fred Baker 's message, "Re: Things to Think About- McBride's shoe notions" on 11:33:13 01/14/09 Wed

Let's emphasize the "don't sleep in your shoes" thing.

Cold, wet shoes keep your feet cold and wet. You should be changing your socks just before you start snoring, so your shoes are already off. Removing your feet allows the inside of the shoe to dry somewhat during the night ... unless it is raining. And, you want to give your feet a chance to dry out, warm up and possible swell from the day's activities.

Yeah, it is one more thing to do in the morning, but hopefully you can handle it.

Some guys wear their shoes because they regularly get up in the night to pee. I don't have an answer to that because I don't have that problem. Maybe a pair of slippers? (no kidding, you hear comments about men wearing "camp shoes" while off duty)

I highly recommend taking a 2 or 3 hour hike in your brogans about two weeks before the event. At the end, check for hotspots or blisters. These will heal prior to the event, but you will know where to apply moleskin in advance to keep those blisters from arising at all. Prevention is key!

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