Syd starting school in September bought about many changes, one of which being a change from being relatively sedentary (well, as much as you can be with small people in the house!), to now walking 5 miles a day, 5 days a week.
The walk to school is nice in some ways, especially on dry days. I love having a natter with my boys with no distractions, and we enjoy watching the changing of the seasons. On the solo legs of the journey I stick my headphones in – sometimes I am listening to noisy punk rock as you might expect, other days it will be a science based audio book.
The exercise is having benefits, I am toning up a little, and can cram in a few more biscuits without gaining weight – but it is also bringing with it some unwanted side effects in aching joints. Five miles a day of pavement pounding is leaving me in a reasonable amount of pain on a good few evenings a week. The hard surfaces combined with 42-year-old knees, hips and ankles are making me feel even older. And I haven’t been helping myself by doing it in thin soled pumps or biker boots, neither of which are designed for that amount of walking, and neither of which offer any sort of cushioning.
So an email from Trespass asking if I would like to review anything from their range was perfectly timed. ‘Yes’ I eagerly replied ‘send me something that will stop me feeling ninety’. And they did.
The conifer suede walking boots are equally of use in a field or on Tarmac, and most importantly for my purposes they have an insole designed to cushion impact. They have a water repellant coating for rainy days, and robust grip soles for icy mornings.
They look almost trainer like and are neither heavy not bulky, and are very comfortable, though as usual with new boots they took a little gentle wearing in to prevent blisters before I started to tackle the long walks in them. I can say, even just a couple of weeks in, I am definitely feeling an improvement in my joints, and a little more spring in my step. Their full price is £79.99, but they are currently on offer at £33.99 – bargain!
I had thought of walking boots as being for someone more sporty, more extreme, more likely to be up a mountain – rather than for a Mum on the school run, but never underestimate the need for the right footwear for long walks, even if it is through a town – in fact in some ways this is even more important as solid surfaces like pavements cause more impact on your joints than a boggy field.
Right, I am off for a well-earned biscuit before contemplating this afternoons two and a half mile stint,
Love Miss Cisco XXX