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Your choice of shoes?

Discussion in 'Dog Walking' started by PaulaB123, Mar 16, 2016.


  1. PaulaB123

    PaulaB123 PetForums Newbie

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    To all the professional dog walkers out there!

    What is your choice of shoe whilst out walking?

    I just started with my first client this week and bought a pair of waterproof walking/hiking boots. I know i need a lot of support on my feet and i broke my ankle a few years ago so am always thinking about how to support that. Do you think this is the best idea? What do you wear?

    Paula
     
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    labradrk PetForums VIP

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    I think because of your history (with the ankle etc) you are better off going to a specialist walking/running/outdoorsy shop that sells a wide range of footwear and going from there. The good ones will analyse your gait and make suggestions based on your needs as you may need insoles etc.
     
  3. PaulaB123

    PaulaB123 PetForums Newbie

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    Great idea, would those kind of shops mostly be indpendent do you think? Or would there be any chain type shops i could visit?
     
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    Not sure to tell you truth, you'll need to do a bit of ringing round/Googling, but I expect independent shops are probably a bit more on the ball.
     
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    I wear leather walking boots. Leather is better than anything (including goretex in my experience) at keeping water out if looked after properly. I like boots as I've got an ankle that's been sprained a few times so I like to protect it. Keeping mud out of owners homes is a challenge though, so either change into trainers at the end of the walk, or if I'm really busy I clean them with a towel.
     
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    Muttly Fluffy Mutts Rule!

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    marasmum PetForums Senior

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    Hi, I swear by my Haglofs :) with ASIC's goretex trainers for the week of summer we get ;) I too have joint problems, pins and plate in one leg/ankle and I have found that more flexible shoes as opposed to boots help me (but my OH prefers the boot type). Oh, and a good pair of wellys (I have Aigles)

    As always, whatever fits properly.
     
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    Do you have a Tiso near you? They are experts in boot fitting. I also like Cotswold clothing.
     
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    I carry disposable overshoes for putting over my boots when going into clients houses, saves having to keep changing shoes ;)
     
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    Carrie stuthridge PetForums Newbie

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    My preference is Gortex and usually spend around £100 on them, i also have what i call walking trainers for the summer which are also gortex - I use GoOutdoors mainly as its local to me
     
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    Ownedbymany PetForums Senior

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    Doesn't that end up costing a small fortune? You must get through loads. I had thought about it in the past but most of my clients have hard floors
     
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    Roxy_A_T PetForums Newbie

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    I'm not a pro dog walker but tend to take my bully out on long trails!
    I've got a generic pair of shoes but have started putting in Imprints 3D printed insoles (found them at a tradeshow). They are breathable, supportive and customised to foot shape so easily fits in multiple shoes!

    - Also cost about £40.
     
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