These very red Zamberalan Crosser goretex boots will be my two best friends over the coming months, my only constant companions and direct support as I walk from Canterbury to Rome along the Via Francigena trail.
For my Tuscan walk, I purchased a pair of trail runners without much thought and without seeking advice or assistance. My only requirements were that they were mostly black, my preferred colour for sports shoes, and that they were inexpensive as I would only be wearing them for a week after which time they would probably be discarded as they would not be required for the rest of my travel plans. I found a pair of Asics trail runners that met both of these requirements. However, when deciding to buy them, I neglected the most important aspects; comfort and fit. I put them on my feet. Took a few steps around the store and decided they would do the job. I took them home and packed them in my bag without even breaking them. Not once did I wear them before I left to go to Italy to walk 120 kilometres. Not once.
I realised the scale of my ignorance and poor decision making on the first day of that walk.Read More