For those walkers out there amongst you, you’ll understand this blog better than most.
When you find comfortable walking shoes, it’s an absolute delight. To walk miles and miles and miles, the shoes have to be right and I found mine about 12 years ago in York when I moved there the first time round. I’m finding it hard to work out the exact year, time merging and difficult to configure….but amazingly when I started hunting around in my memory box for clues I was astonished to find it was 20 years!!!! I remember buying the shoes when I knew I’d be doing the 3 peaks and the medal is the proof of the date
I rented a flat by the River Foss at first and worked at the hospital…..again was it that flat first or the one next to the hospital….🤔…anyway, doesn’t matter. My walking shoes spent many a day, taking me miles. York is so compact, so neat that you don’t need to drive anywhere within York if like walking. Up and down the River Ouse I’d go, up to the Bishops Palace, down past Milennium Bridge and through town back home. North, south, east and west, I simply walked and walked.
I took part in the Global walking challenge one year as part of a hospital team and hospital initative to get people walking. I forget how long we had to notch up the miles, but I remember coming 3rd in the hospital walking hundreds of thousands of steps….all with my faithful walking shoes…
During this period my trek to do the 3 Yorkshire Peaks was also added to the amount – walking the 25 miles within 12 hours was the target. I did it in 9 hours 1 minute….that minute still rankles 😂
I must have gone to my paradise of Keswick dozens of times with my trusty shoes
As dementia took away the ability to tie shoe laces, I thought that was to be the end of them, as all walking shoes seem to come with laces, until I found my new found friends of ‘no tie shoe laces’ and Sarah replaced the laces for me and on I went wearing my trusty shoes….
Well now they’re well and truly worn out, bit like me really. They let in the rain and the heels are worn right down. It was my daughter Gemma, who said that they may still make them, look on line….😳….this chink of hope at having the exact replacement tinged with a shadow of doubt at being able to get them…
But guess, what, they still make them. The very shop I bought them from originally in York, still sells them now…..🙌🙌🙌…..so I ordered some immediately…they arrived within the week and Sarah threaded the no tie laces into them..They fitted like the proverbial glove and felt just the same…
But what to do with my old faithfuls? It wouldn’t be fair to take them to the charity shop, letting in water and the soles worn right down. I wouldn’t dream of sending them to landfill…..🤔…..then suddenly a spark of an idea filled my head….they can stay with me and retire to the garden instead….