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Doom and Gloom and Walking Boots


Same Scarpa boots featured elsewhereThat ‘flu bug has pretty much gone away now, and my legs work just as they should, so all is looking rosy on the big walk front, n’est ce pas?

If only.

I haven’t quite recovered, um, very much at all of my lung capacity (I understand they’re full of phlegm. Lovely). I haven’t stopped coughing. I’m giving myself a headache with all the coughing! Believe me, I’m very good at coughing. I almost invariably get A Bad Cough with a cold, and it quite often develops into an inability to talk for a few days. But I digress; talking isn’t the problem. I can always write with a chinagraph pencil on my map case if I’ve got something important to say, can’t I? (Note to self: find chinagraph pencil.)

I am seriously concerned about my ability to breathe well enough to tackle those hills. I expect I’ll be able to do it… won’t I? I had a brisk walk or two today (ok, one was only as far as the polling station, but one deliberately involved a short but steep hill), and I was breathing hard way too soon.

Maybe I’ll try yoga breathing exercises.

And to cap it all off, my ‘spare’, lightweight walking boots (I wasn’t intending on carrying them, but they were still in reserve in my mind) had a mishap this morning. One of the lace hooks sheared off when I was fumbling the lace around it. They aren’t very old. They are the second pair of these I have had – the same thing happened to the other pair, so I got them replaced. I have never had lace hooks shear off before. I am, quite frankly, appalled.

Ah well. I suppose they weren’t a brilliant fit. Maybe I can get a better pair with the refund.

But as far as Just Walk goes: I haven’t given up yet! I’ve got all of Friday to recover still!


3 thoughts on “Doom and Gloom and Walking Boots

  1. A delightful read!
    Shoe/boot quality has gone to Hell..maybe they’re made in China?
    I cannot comprehend why we import something 20,000 miles only for it to fall apart when they are first used?

    I have the outer sole coming off. I can remember, back in the proverbial day, when my Uncle died, his shoes were spread around the family, as an heirloom. They had lasted his lifetime and would also serve you. They were conscientiously made in Northampton with leather throughout. They could be re-soled, re-heeled etc.

    If your lungs are still flooded with mucus, your lung capacity will decline proportionately. It is more polite to have a dry cough but, sometimes, one doesn’t really have a choice. It is, of course, far more satisfying to produce something.

    Presumably, you don’t smoke? Are you near a smoker? So many more places are smoke free these days, it’s so much nicer. Anyway, you may recall that the smoker would cough up mostly first thing in the morning? Before their first cigarette.
    Actually, the cigarette anesthetizes (US or UK English?) the little hairs that carry the phlegm. Eventually, they wither and die, I believe. Everything entering the lungs will stay there.
    Are you able to discern that one side seems more congested than the other?
    To remind you of your anatomy, the left lung has 2 lobes because it must accommodate the heart. The right lung is bigger, with 3 lobes.
    There is a little trick that you can try to boost your immune system (T- cells from the thymus). It declines over time but does respond to vibration. You’ll find a little bony platform in the centre of your chest the size of a dollar or crown. Tap on it a few times…Like a Dr performing a chest exam.

  2. Thanks, David, I’ll give that immune system trick a go. It might even knock a bit of extra mucus out.

    I don’t smoke. Never have. Never will. I have an intense dislike of cigarette smoke, and a possibly imaginary allergy to it (but I’m sure that it execaberates my hayfever). As a consequence, I have always avoided places heavy with the stuff (unfortunately, the ban in pubs coincided approximately with the arrival of our young family, so I still don’t go out to pubs much).

    The bad boots were made in Indonesia, as it happens. Usually, I can wear something like that until the sole ceases to have any grip in some places. I’m very soft on shoes, possibly because my feet rarely sweat, and possibly because, being a woman, I naturally have loads of shoes and so don’t wear any one pair every day. (In my case, the urge to buy shoes sometimes comes from a shocked ooh! They have a pair in my size! And they fit, but more often it’s thinking that such a pair of shoes is nearly dead and here’s a good replacement at a reasonable price.)

    I, too, mourn the passing of the easy-to-cobble shoe with generic sole and heel units. Even at the tender age 40, I can remember shoes like that. I think my Scarpa boots – good solid workmanship, made in Italy – can be resoled, but I have a feeling you have to send them to the manufacturer, because the sole unit is special.

    • I’ve been thinking about the resoling issue, and doing a bit of quick Googling. The consensus seems to be that you can get very nearly any shoe resoled (although it might be expensive), even trainers (although the advice for runners is not to!).

      Doctor Martens still, I think, make traditionally styled uppers, but it can be tricky getting replacement Airwear sole units (I can’t for the life of me remember what happened to my DM boots – I think they may have, unusually, disintegrated from the inside). Other units are usually available, though.

      I expect that men’s formal shoes are the same as they ever were and can be cobbled into the next century if there’s still a foot they fit (which is surely the problem with inherited shoes).

      As for ladies’ formal shoes, well, I don’t go there, so why should you? They’re terribly uncomfortable and always used to be tricky to buy in a UK 9. Mind you, back in the day when I didn’t know any better, I wore low court shoes to secondary school and was contantly getting the rubber heel pad replaced. The cobblers had two rates: ladies’ shoes and men’s shoes. I found a pair of black lace ups in the oversize ladies collection. My mum hated them. I loved them, ‘cos they were comfortable. I wore out the heels. The cheeky cobblers tried to charge me for a mens’ repair!

      I think that there are two problems with repairing shoes these days: one is that shoes are cheap, so we don’t want to spend almost the cost of the original shoe on a repair, and the other is that most shoes would be expensive to repair. Relatively few modern shoes have the traditional sole design with a separate heel block; that design allows the heel pad and the sole pad to be replaced as required – relatively cheap, worthwhile, repairs. (Actually, my interview shoes are an example; they’ve been resoled and reheeled several times since I bought them 20 years ago.)

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