Here is what I do after years of intense backpacking in the Colorado Mountains and southern canyons.
Take both! (keep winter in mind for bugging out if it gets cold where you live)
These are good in winter (LOVE Guide Gear catalogs!)... take Bates or the like in summer.http://www.amazon.com/Thinsulate-Insulation-Waterproof-Venatic-Leather/dp/B003XJBD8I
The next item takes almost no space in a pack and will
allow you to recover from "boot foot" at night...http://www.softstarshoes.com/limited-quantity-original-runamoc-suede-chocolate-5mm-trail-sole.html
Another tip I picked up on in the book "Walking the Amazon” is that they kept a pair of CROCS
in their backpacks to ward off trench foot and overuse impact stresses. Even though I hate the way CROCS look.... If I ever did a big trip it might be worth a thought though.
Another tip: Water moccasins
are another option that are good for bathing in horse tanks or the river etc.... this will help ward off potential injury.
Sometimes I will go with Vivobarefoot
shoes and just pack Duck/Goose down pacboots for cold and camp usehttp://www.vivobarefoot.com/us/mens.html
Example of Pac Boots
.... REI had these... I don’t see them anymore
THE BEST piece of advice for long term bug out or better put refugee mode would be to learn ahead of time how to construct moccasins and basic shoemaking skills.
I will share a few gems that will help get you started.
Learn how to make.....
Primitive Caterpillar Sandals
- Yucca fiber or similar
Learn how to construct sandals from old tire rubber
Google/YouTube "Vibram huaraches"
It's not that you want to take these it's that you will want to knnow how to improvise as much as possible ahead of bug out. that's my take
40 mil PVC (sheeting material) shower pan liner from home depot will work for huaraches. If you want to attach Leather to make a soft place from your foot use: (Contact cement - set for two days)
Elastic strap for sandal strings
You can construct some really durable shoes from the following items.
Texan insole or sheet
Vibram 4mm cherry sheetingCheck out this book for constructing "soles with an edge"
... I have found this to be critical in learning to make the seam from shoe to sole easily without walking off the threads right away:http://www.amazon.com/Crafting-Handmade-Shoes-Great-Looking-Slippers/dp/1579903789/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1R9YKF7B8DD6L&colid=173HDZYLINRN8
One last gem... take a bottle even if it is small of talcum powder to powder your feet
. This will help with feeling good immensely
Sometimes I will take Overshoes
too. YOu can theoreticly take the pacboot + combine them with your overshoes and you have makeshift boots. The strap that goes over the top of you foot will allow you to make everything tight.
Or take off the pacboots and just put the overshoes over your vivobarefoots in a rainstorm.
the NEOS model is their ultralight model. Pretty light and packable... The following is a picture of their whole lineup.Overshoes + Down Pacboots + Running shoes = worth thinking about.
I have done it with some success:
Wow. Sorry didn’t mean to rattle on... sorry if you knew these already.