This whole freakin thread is going the way of gayness....just sayin....I just walked in from a all day archery buck hunt....somebody geeked one today and punched their hood tag....I led him to slaughter.."barefooted" I might add...hopefully the lucky buckhunter will post up soon....continue on ...softfooters...
Nate, like Kurt said you won't find much in the way of protection with a trail running shoe. I guess it's a trade-off, but the light gaiters do help. I only wear boots when I have to.
I, like you had plantar fasciitis. Talk about miserable. My bout lasted for at least three years. I used custom orthotics, and then weaned myself off of them with Superfeet to remedy. However, I still had some sporadic soreness years after.
Early this spring and into the summer I began going barefoot everywhere, when possible. My wife hates it but I can honestly say my feet/ankles are stronger than ever and my PF has been non-existent for a while now. I'm kinda proud of the calluses on my feet.
The book "Born to Run" is what sparked this phase. All these big shoe companies and fancy inserts are probably what give most people their problems anyway. I'm pretty sure the Native Americans didn't need a shoe endorsement to get chit done.
The whole barefoot thing is widely debated. Everyone is different but it's working for me.
I think Hatch is on to something. I think you guys are overthinking this. I have not drawn a archery tag in a couple years, but, in the rocky country I am in, I at least have to wear my big boots or my cankles would go out.
Just put your favorite pair of house shoes or sneakers in your pack for your final stalk.
I sure would not be wearing only socks or barefoot (hatch you crazy????) with these damn cactus.