Beach Hiking

In 2008, I purchased a pair of sturdy hiking shoes for a trip to Northern Ireland.  While traveling, I realized their cold, damp weather is similar to our winter at the Jersey shore. So why not wear something warmer than sneakers to walk on the beach?

After 4 seasons of regular use, the Rockport’s are ready for retirement.  The tread is worn, and (gasp) sand is somehow leaking inside the shoe.  Even though I live at the beach, sand is NOT welcome in my home ;)  

Footwear is so specific, and the sales people in the sport stores really want to help you find the most suitable shoe.  Did I sense a smirk when I requested hiking shoes for the beach?  Hey…I walk through the soft sand, and occasionally, climb over a jetty rock!

So, I spent more money than I expected, but beach hiking requires just the right shoe.  My feet are warm AND the sand stays outside on the porch with my shoes. 

Happy trails…

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2 Comments

  1. Claire
    Posted January 31, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Can’t you just “hear” Tricia rolling her eyes right now?

  2. Posted January 31, 2012 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    And yet I think my new boots are quite fashionable ;)

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  1. By Summer Beach Hiking on June 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    [...] A few years, I starting wearing hiking shoes to walk the beach in the winter months.  This evolved for practical reasons:  my feet were freezing in sneakers (see January 2012 post) [...]

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