Happy Feet (No - Not the Movie)
One thing I have learned over the past 15 years is FEET ARE IMPORTANT and the older I get, the more I realize it. I am on my feet a lot. I have tried all sorts of shoes, hiking boots, and sneakers, but with arches so bad you can’t slip a piece of paper under them combined with being a size 11.5 2E, it is hard to find shoes that both look good and are comfortable. Last fall as I was contemplating new sneakers, my daughter looked at me and stated, “well I know you’ll get the dad shoes” - meaning my white cross-trainers. I have worn this style of shoe for the past twenty years. They are considered a classic and fit me well and are comfortable (I love tennis shoes). I also was considering a new pair of boots, as my Timberlands were starting to show their age. As a salesperson, I deal with many different clients. One minute I may be in a CEO’s office and the next, in a field talking to a farmer. On my lunch hour, I may hike a quick trail instead of eating. I am out in rain, snow, and ice and need a shoe that can stand up to it all. Unfortunately, sneakers do not, and hiking boots or winter boots do not look good in office situations. The most important things I need and want are comfort and stability, as well as decent support. Well, I have found a solution – Forsake shoes. These combination shoe/sneakers or boot/sneakers are waterproof, look sharp, and can go from pavement to trail without skipping a beat.
In September, I bought my first pair and anxiously awaited their arrival. The day I received them, I slipped them on and thought wow, I am going to wear them tomorrow. I did not even go through the normal “break them in slowly” routine. The next day, I was up and out of the house at 7:30am, and much to my chagrin, didn’t get back till about 10:30 that night. Now with most new boots, that would mean sore feet, possibly even blisters, but my feet felt just as comfortable as they had when I wore my broken in sneakers. For the next six months, I wore them at least four times a week, including several 16 hour days, and they have not let me down yet, no matter what the weather. I took them on vacation and walked miles over sandy beaches, US Navy ships, zoo’s, and museums in them. This alone convinced me I liked them so much that I ordered a second pair for the summer.
In 2009, Forsake was started by two college buddies, Sam and Jake. They took off for Big Sky and Alta, worked hard and earned their turns on the slopes, but found their footwear was not up to the task of the ski lifestyle. They created the brand because they wanted a footwear option better suited to their outdoor lifestyle and adventures. The two founders were the brand’s first customers, so they named it Forsake; a shortened version of “for Sam and Jake”.
Made of waterproof leathers and ballistic nylon, the shoes utilize metal lace hardware holding flat laces to prevent fraying and sport a reinforced toe bumper. They come in stylish colors that look great, while being super sturdy. Most of all they are extremely comfortable.
To see the full collection of men’s and women’s shoes, go to https://forsake.com. Shipping is free and they come with a full money back guarantee.
Update: I received my second pair (the Banks model) and am happy to report that they are of the same quality and comfort that the Clydes are. I wear them at least 3 - 4 times a week and couldn't be happier with my choice.
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