Adding in new clothing items…. and I repaired a bird feeder.

I’m a firm believer in prepping/storing clothes especially underwear, socks and basic work clothing.  One Item I seldom read about storing is foot wear.  Many people talk about buying, care of good work/cold weather boots and I’m not knocking that as good foot gear makes doing out door jobs safer and more comfortable.  But what about people like me that wear sneakers most of the time or prefer a pair sturdy sandals in summer. I’m am biased about garden working foot wear as I hate Uggs or any sort of enclosed clog-like shoe.  If you like them great but (My) feet get all sweaty feeling and the clog slips around… So let me say I won’t be covering any clogs.

I have needed to replace my sneakers for awhile and I’ve been wanting to get a little higher quality shoe rather than the $25-$35 dollar special of the week.  Well today I had great luck as Fred Meyer had a 50% sale on marked down $70.00 sneakers I picked up for about $32.00 per pair.  Now I have big foot for a women so I can usually get the men’s small sneaker or the women’s large sneaker on sale as those are the leftovers.  Are Men’s feet shrinking in the USA?  I used to get a 7 size men’s shoe and now I need a 8 1/2.  I’m in my 50’s so I think my feet have stopped growing and I have not outgrown any of my old boots and shoes. I got a nice pair of light weight Asics running shoes and New Balance sort of cross training/walking shoes for about $65.00 total for both pairs.  The trick of wearing sneakers or any shoe you wear regularly is to trade off wear of the shoe daily.  That way the two pairs of shoes will last as long as if you bought 3 pairs of shoes in succession.  For example: If one pair of sneakers lasts you 3 months.  If you buy 2 pair of sneakers and wear them on alternating days those two pair of sneakers will last 9 months.  It’s the same thing for Boots but the timeline is usually a bit longer.

Sandals:  I’m not a big fan of flip-flops or light weight sandals.  I have a pair of Columbia “River Sandal”s that are in great shape after 5 years of limited wear.  I really like the thick Vibram sole and the velcro tabs for securing the sandal.  My feet don’t get as sweaty compared to clogs and it super easy to spray off the dirt gathered when gardening.

That is the footwear I use.  Yes,  I also have boots and slippers but what I’m saying is many people do most of their prepping in sneakers and don’t always need specialized foot wear. They do need to have a good fitting pair of sneakers and know how to make them last and what sort of sneaker to store for the future.

Buying/storing footwear:

  1. When you find comfortable and sturdy  footwear buy at least 2-3 pairs of what fits you and what you are doing.
  2. If you like that foot wear buy more pairs to have in your storage.
  3. Always buy the best foot wear you can afford!  An ill fitting shoe or boot can give you blisters and even affect your foot bones after a long time.
  4. Take off your shoes and walk around barefoot or in slippers when at home.  Try on shoes late in the day to see how your foot fit in the shoe
  5. Care for your footwear, leather needs oil, waterproofing and find a local guy/cobbler that can replace a heel or sole. Twenty or thirty dollars is cheap to refurbish a pair of $200.00+ boots.

I have to say that Army combat boots are one of the greatest work boots ever.  The Gore tex winter boot sucks if you have to work at doing anything.  Don’t get me wrong the Gore tex boot is great.  If you are sitting for hours in the cold.  I stayed warmer by using my galoshes over my sneakers when I had to work. When I bought the first generation Army Gortex boot.  I would often patrol, help dig a foxhole and then sit and when I sat those boots felt like an Ice block enclosing my feet.  I’m not knocking Goretex as a product.  It just is not the solution for every environment.

Don’t preppers have access to gloves? I have seen many preppers on youtube get sliced and diced by just not having a pair of good leather gloves. I’m reminded of a old story that a man says his scars means he lived life dangerously and his wife says his scars means he led his life stupidly.

Get good gloves of leather gloves.  Hell I’ve bonk my hand with my hatchet cutting kindling and it is no big deal.  If I had not used leather gloves, I’d have a deep flesh cut to deal with if not worse.  Hell I don’t even go into Homedepot  of Lowes without at least a Jersey gloves to handle the wood. You ain’t tough dealing with splinters, you are an unprepared idiot.   Also good to know Scotch tape is great at removing small wood splinters.   Just an FYI!

End of rant.

Gosh I did not cover the bird feeder repair. I used a couple of larger tongue depressors to support the repair.  I got a little bit better at using the glue gun.  It was not a big deal as I glued a couple of tongue depressors to support  the roof of the bird feeder and it worked.  I’m glad I’m getting better using the glue gun and not a complete spaz job I did at first. The roof did end up with a bit of a flare rather compared to the barn  outline. If this repair lasts the roof line on the feeder should protect the feed/seed much better than the original design.

4 Responses to Adding in new clothing items…. and I repaired a bird feeder.

  1. LeeAnn says:

    I agree on prepping clothing and footwear. Its easy to overlook because its so readily available today. I have a very long narrow foot so finding shoes that fit is difficult (nearly impossible). Boots are an even larger problem. When I find them they are over $100 a pair so its hard to buy several pairs at a time without some extreme budget planning. I bought two pair in 2017, none in 2018 so 2019 is time to look for shoes again. I also need a new pair of winter boots.

    For clothing I buy bags of socks and underwear during the back to school sales. The rest is nearly 100% from thrift shops. You need to be prepared to buy immediately if you find something you need because there won’t be another chance.

    I agree about good leather gloves, also warm winter gloves, latex gloves, gloves for handling chemicals, gloves for household cleaning, gloves for food handling and medical. I’ve also seen welders gloves suggested for wood stove and camp fire cooking.

    • Jamie says:

      Lee Ann: I feel you on the boots and having an odd size, but my problem is finding good fitting gloves as I have a large palm but short fingers. Of course even expensive gloves are much cheaper than boots or shoes in general. I would recommend spending the money for a good quality boot and then save for another pair of that type of boot. Google Cobblers/Shoe repair for your local area and ask if they can resole or refurbish a boot you that fits your foot. One bit advantage of buying an expensive Leather Boot is it can be repaired, resoled or refurbished for about $20.00-$30.00.

      Just an idea but you might look at buying something like a snow mobile boot with a replaceable felt liner. Usually the boot is built with thick rubber(safe from snowmobile tracks) but you can buy extra felt liners/booties that can be dried out.

      I’m with you on buying the bags of socks if the materials are of good quality. I know many (Survivalists) say “Cotton Kills” but cotton is a great fabric for staying cool in summer and can be used in winter if you stay aware of how much sweat you are generating. I also like using cotton fabric when layering with wool or poly-pro. It is easy to take off/replace a sweat soaked T-shirt or socks, when you use layers.

      One thing I don’t get is how few Youtubers that do DIY/ or self-reliance videos use protective gloves. I don’t want to be a “Safety Sally” but I hate dealing with splinters or sap with just doing the fire wood thing. I know using good quality leather gloves have saved me from several cuts when I cut kindling/wood.

      Guys, scars are cool and stuff, and you think you have lived “Life Dangerously”, Don’t discount that many scars may mean you lived a life Stupidly!

  2. Beans says:

    Besides just leather gloves, several good sets of mechanics gloves with the pads on the back of the fingers and hand will help for, well, mechanic-ing. Even the most simple prepper homestead will have some mechanical hand-mangler that you will want to protect your hands from.

    And, well, those cool tactical gloves with the armored knuckles and back of hand? Well, those armored plates are not just for busting windows and looking all SWATish. They are great for all sorts of rough and tumble work, like stacking ammo crates and stuff.

    Just like shoes, there are gloves for every occasion.

    Even check out the cool leather gloves that have Kevlar for cut and puncture resistance. You can get them from cop shops, who use them for searching.

    Don’t forget other protective gear like chainsaw chaps. I have a set I wear when working with most power tools.

    Welder’s capes and sleeves are also great. I use welder’s sleeves when picking blackberries and cutting vines.

    I could go on, but I think you get the point. If you’re going to be roughing it for a long time, then you need to be able to dress for it.

    Heck, I know someone who wears motocross armor when she’s around her goats because the damned things are mean as heck and like taking cheap shots at her. 5′ nothing at 100lbs can get thrown pretty far by a goat…

    • Jamie says:

      Beans: I have not tried mechanics gloves. I tend to go for leather or jersey gloves when I buy. I never even considered the Knuckle busting prevention of padding on the backside of the gloves grip.

      I have been thinking of picking up a set of welder’s gloves this year and now I have another good reason to invest in a set of those bad boys!

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