In response to my recent questioning about footwear for disaster use – The Panhandle Rancher gives his two cents….Rourke
Beyond doubt, lace up, high top, combat boots offer the best in foot and ankle protection. Ankles are a weak spot especially when carrying a heavy ruck, MBR and ammo. A turned ankle resulting in a sprain can be life a life ending event in that survival situation. I wear lightweight combat boots such as issued to the USMC for the summer (http://www.sportsmansguide.
com/net/cb/bates-8-usmc-rat- boots-olive-mojave.aspx?a= 949171 or similar Welco boots –http://www.sportsmansguide. com/net/cb/bates-8-usmc-rat- boots-olive-mojave.aspx?a= 949171) and heavier Danner boots (www.danner.com) for the winter. Although I don’t wear boots all of the time, I do keep the seasonally appropriate pair of combat boots (with a pair of heavy wool socks rolled up in each boot) in my vehicle next to the ruck. There has been a recall of Bates RAT USMC boots due to fabrication failures but I suspect those failures are extreme desert heat related.
One can safely wear combat boots on horseback when riding bareback or if the saddle is equipped (and every saddle should be) with safety breakaway stirrups (see http://westernsafetystirrups.
com/history.htm). Click on the design tab to see how this type stirrup works. Make certain your combat boot toe isn’t too large to easily escape the safety stirrup of choice.
Barefoot or open toe foot ware begs spider, scorpion, or snake bite and exposes the foot to poison ivy, oak, and sumac. High heels for the women are totally useless for anything other than turning the occasional male head (but some like me, prefer ladies wearing sensible shoes, including combat boots).
Off topic but not as far as my previous comment, cotton clothing such as jeans, which although comfortable, can be a killer in the winter. When wet from precipitation, perspiration, or a dunking, cotton dries ever so slowly and is quite cold. Everyone in regions with freezing temperatures should have wool trousers and shirt as part of their kit.