Choosing the Ideal Shoes for Preppers


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Ideal Shoes For PreppersOkay, I’m willing to bet that it’s mostly women who clicked on the link to read this article but ladies, I highly encourage you to convince the men in your life to take the time to read this.

This morning I started thinking about whether there is actually an ideal type of footwear for preppers. It’s a seemingly simple question but all you ladies know that choosing the right shoes for the particular occasion is a really big responsibility.

After all, would you ladies really want to spend hours hiking in four inch heels? Or would you men really want to hike for miles in your business dress shoes?

Proper footwear can be a really big deal in a survival situation. Choose wrong and you could find yourself facing problems such as blisters, broken ankles, and even trench rot.

Now, my husband is probably like many men. He has a pair of summer boots, a pair of winter boots, a pair of church shoes, and house slippers. My daughter on the other hand has a pair of shoes for just about every occasion. I’m actually more like my husband than most women out there.

So, let’s take a minute and tackle the question of whether or not there is actually an “ideal” type of footwear for preppers. Being a woman, I probably spent WAY TO MUCH TIME thinking about this question.

After much thought and deliberation, I’ve come to the conclusion that, no, there isn’t one type of shoe that is ideal for all preppers. Don’t quit reading just yet! Let me tell you why I came to that conclusion.

While I was thinking about this question, I saw a post from someone on Facebook who happens to live in Arizona. This made me think that none of the shoes I own would be ideal for someone who might have to bug out in that type of environment.

I own winter boots, hiking boots, work shoes, and church shoes. I started thinking that if I had to bug out in the winter, there’s no question that I would grab my winter boots and run. If I had to bug out in the summer, however, I would grab my lightweight hiking boots.

This got me thinking about what type of footwear I would choose if I had to bug out in a place like the arid region of Arizona or the swamps of Louisiana.

Ultimately, I came to the conclusion that a good prepper should make their decisions about buying functional prepper footwear based on the following criteria.

  1. What region of the world do you live in?
  2. What types of weather are you likely to encounter where you live?
  3. What are the terrain and weather conditions like in the area that you “plan” on living in if you ever have to bug out?

My Personal Choices for Ideal Prepper Footwear

Based on the three questions that I’ve listed above, I can tell you that I live in a part of the world that gets lots of snow in the winter but only a modest about of rain. We do have a four season climate where I live.

In my particular situation, if I ever found myself having to survive a doomsday scenario in the spring, summer, or fall, I would choose my lightweight waterproof hiking boots. They provide good traction, ankle support, and will keep my feet relatively dry. If I had to survive in the winter, I would choose my waterproof, well insulated winter boots that go pretty far up my legs.

If I lived in a hot, arid part of the world such as Arizona, neither of my choices would be ideal. As a matter of fact, I would probably be really miserable with either of these choices. Perhaps a better choice in an area like that would be a lightweight, breathable hiking boot or maybe even hiking sandals. I don’t live in an area like that so I’m not qualified to say for sure but those would probably be my choices based on my limited experiences with spending time in a desert-like environments.

What’s the Bottom Line?

Well, when I first started thinking about writing this article, I had hoped that there would be some kind of all-purpose shoe or boot that I could recommend. Unfortunately, that’s just not the case.

What I can say is that it’s probably a good idea to have more than one option to choose from. For example, if I lived in a place like Arizona and I moved to a place like I live now. One of the first things I would do is learn about what the seasons are like in my new environment. Then I would purchase a variety of shoes that would be ideal for dealing with the day to day rigors that I might have to face in a survival situation where I now lived.

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Would Your Shoes Make the Cut?

Based on what I’ve written, would the shoes in your collection be a good choice if you suddenly found yourself in a doomsday scenario or is you closet overflowing with a wide selection of 4 inch heels?

Take a minute and leave a comment in the box below and let me know what your thoughts on this topic are.

4 Responses to “Choosing the Ideal Shoes for Preppers”

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  1. Jesse Belville says:

    Get shoes or boots that fit well.
    Go see what the US Army or Marines are wearing for boots.
    Many are sold in sporting goods stores or army/navy stores.
    For a 4 season area, temperate region boot would get you through all season’s.
    For desert, their desert boot option would work.
    All come with Gore tex to keep water out and let sweat evaporate so feet stay more dry.
    Now gore tex boots also available. Good for hiking with or without pack. Rugged and will last a while. Large selection of sizes and styles for men and women.
    Other brands more or less expensive also available. All require some break In time.
    Reasonable price and good quality.

  2. DAMinNY says:

    Also consider the height of the hiking boot…if you will be hiking snake infested terrain, perhaps a higher boot for bite safety.

  3. Judy says:

    I live in a desert area. I would never wear sandals. My goal is to have good lightweight (high top due to snakes, scorpions, cactus) boots, & a pair heavier for warmth. Water shoes take up little space. If possible, running shoes.

    Make sure I have foot care products in medic bag. Don’t forget shoes for your dog…we wouldn’t leave behind any family member. It’s so hard to plan for kids. They grow, get tired easily, can’t carry as much, so many things are needed! If you don’t have a community to be part of to help protect and move about with, do we just stay at home and do our best while praying He just comes soon!?!? I just want to be ready….God Bless America & all of you!!

    • Patty Hahne says:

      Thanks for your input Judy!

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