My Timberland Boots – I’ve Been Everywhere, Man

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Remember the old Geoff Mack song, I’ve Been Everywhere ? It has been performed by Lucky Starr, Hank Snow, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and countless others. Well, I haven’t been everywhere – yet. But, I do have a story for you.

I’ve been everywhere, man.
I’ve been everywhere, man.
Crossed the desert’s bare, man.
I’ve breathed the mountain air, man.
Of travel I’ve had my share, man.

I’ve been everywhere.

“Why on earth would anybody be interested in my old boots?”, I’m asking myself as I write this. (Some would say that they’re not even boots. I’ll call them what I like.) Well, that’s one of the cool things about keeping an online journal.* I get to write about whatever I like and you get to decide if you want to read it or not. It’s a win-win situation.

Anyway, here’s a shot of my old Timberland boots:

My old Timberland boots

My memory (Eunie) tells me that I bought them about thirteen years ago. By my reckoning they have circled the globe at least five times. That’s roughly 200,000 kilometres, not that I walked it. I always wear them when I’m travelling.  The hardest thing they ever did was carry my sorry old bones from Vienna, down one side of Italy, around Sicily, and back up the other side of Italy back to Vienna. I felt as if I had walked most of that, but it isn’t so. The most fun thing that they ever did was jump out of an airplane. I should mention that I was wearing them at the time.

They have worked hard, never hurt my feet, and always gave me that “rugged old man” look so sought after by guys of a certain age and demeanour. They’ve been patient in their old age and taken all of the glue that they could manage, but now it’s time to retire them to the MadDog Museum of Mildly Amusing Curiosities in an honoured position on the top shelf. Any pair of boots that has given such sedlfless service for so long deserves to be admired, not tossed in the dustbin.

Eunie and I searched dilligently for a new pair of Timberlands, sadly in vain. Today I bought a new pair of Merrell boots for a hundred bucks Canadian. Here they are:

My new Merrell bootsThey are lighter than the old Timberlands, but that’s probably because the materials and technology have changed. I caused mild consternation in the shoe store when I put them on and began running around, hopping up and down, squatting (you must be able to squat comfortably in your hiking boots for a very obvious reason), and generally bouncing off the walls. I’ve got to say that I’ve never had boots that were more comfortable from the first moment that I put them on.

So, that’s the end of the story, or, as we say in Papua New Guinea – Em tasol.

*  I hate the word “blog.” It’s ugly and it’s not what I’m doing.

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8 Responses to “My Timberland Boots – I’ve Been Everywhere, Man”

  1. Tris Says:

    Like the new shoes man. As an outdoors affectionado I get very excited about hiking boots and the like, and those look like some very comfy ones. Am thinking of investing in some crossovers myself, and Merrell is right up at the top of the list. I could write a very long message at this point about the merits of my recently-purchased LaSportiva approach boots, or the simply spectacular [also LaSportiva] mountaineering boots I have in a box at home which serviced me well in Nepal and are just waiting for an excuse to try out a pair of crampons… but as someone who’s stuck with the same pair of boots for 13 years I fear I may just bore you… :oP

    Like you I abhor the word ‘blog’ (as stated clearly when I started my website)- though I wouldn’t go so far as to call mine a journal… more just a periodic sharing of random thoughts and images in no particular chronological order.

    Look forward to seeing your waterfall shots.

  2. Alicevv Says:

    yes,the song is good.
    and I want to say:
    I like the second shoes in your picture.

  3. black high heel shoes Says:

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  4. MadDog Says:

    Wow, do I love an enthusiastic reader! You made my day. Please send my URL to your friends. Spread the silly site around.

  5. Carmen Says:

    I love your Merrell shoes, what model are they? color en everything.
    Thank you very much from Spain 🙂

  6. MadDog Says:

    Hello to you, Carmen in Spain. On the heel the Merrells are marked Vibram, but I think that is a sole technology. Inside there is a tag which says Moab Ventilator Walnut, which I suspect is the model designation. Here is a web page describing them: http://www.merrell.com/CA/en-ca/Product.mvc.aspx/M-F-F/19658M/44255/Men/Footwear/Filters/Mens/Moab-Ventilator/Walnut/J86595W Thanks for your comment.

  7. Carmen Says:

    Thank you very much. I just bought them from amazon but the women model which are different and no so pretty.
    I love the laces of yours, I’ll try to find them on the web.
    🙂

  8. MadDog Says:

    Carmen, I hope that you find something that you like. Cheers!