This topic has actually been on my mind recently as a result of my concern that my now going on two-and-a-half-year-old pair of New Balances (that I bought used, mind you) may not quite hack it in the bush of Southern Africa, where I will be (barring any unforeseen impediments) in less than two weeks from now (much, much more on that in the next couple weeks).
Do you go for comfort, style, size, aridity, durability, elasticity, tenacity? As the NYT’s Matt Gross argues, the real trick is finding a pair that does all of the above, something that ideally all your items of clothing in your suitcase would have.
So what did he settle on? After starting off with the Merrell Chameleons, then switching to the Salomon’s XA Pro 3D, he’s officially committed to the unfortunately colored SkyRace OT trail, a pair of kicks that passed the test of being suited for oyster hunting and fine dining all in one day.
As for me, I’ll probably check out a few camping stores next week, but like a great fighter, never count out the Newbies. They may have one more trip in them.
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