byon 30th April 2010 at 08:02 AM (1413 Views)
In September I plan to go, for the fourth time, to Namibia, this time to take part in a Biosphere Expeditions predator and prey census on a game farm near Windhoek. The ground will be dry and sometimes stoney so I am looking for a suitable pair of boots. This is a bit like looking for the perfect camera bag, which is also one of my preoccupations, and equally probably does not exist.
I have not yet managed to find the perfect boot. It has to protect, as snake bites are a possibility, but the weather can be hot (30 - 35 degrees) so it rules out really heavy duty hiking boots.
On my first stay on a game farm I wore my usual Merrell trainers which were very comfortable but they have no ankle protection and sand came over the top when walking in the soft silt of dried up river beds. So I want at least a half-boot.
Why not the traditional desert boot? I am flat-footed and need the kind of support you get from the contoured construction of modern trainers. As an immediate contradiction to that thought, I am tempted by the leather boots from the South African Rogue company which can be obtained from Kendrick Imports.
To buy or not to buy, that is the question.