Before and after pics: shoes

Merrell Moab Ventilators

Slightly different colours!

It was by accident I started this adventure with shoes strongly recommended by other long-distance trekkers: Merrell Moab Ventilators.

I’d already had them about a year. They were comfy and grippy and light. I’d got them cheap from an outdoor equipment store sale.

They’ve been perfect for this trek. I was nervous about the potential of changing to a different make / style, since I couldn’t find a duplicate pair anywhere and couldn’t track down the local distributors of Merrell.

Trademe to the rescue – completely by chance I happened upon a pair for sale. Going by memory (the size-tag was long-ago worn away) I bought them and this week collected them from the Wellington-based seller.

I think they’re going to be spot-on. Here’s a visual comparison of a new pair of shoes and a pair that in 58 days have covered more than 1500km šŸ™‚

Can you spot the new pair? šŸ˜‰

About Stuart Fleming

Just a guy who likes to walk and write.
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4 Responses to Before and after pics: shoes

  1. Karen B says:

    Aw- come on Stuart- as my Dad would say ‘there’s still a bit of wear in the old ones yet’ They might still make it to Bluff if you take a trip into Mr Minute and get a new pair of soles stuck on! (LOL)

    • I agree Karen, there is a bit of wear in them yet. But even with new soles, the outer is starting to pull away from the rubber and the inside heel is shredded. I’ve been surprised they lasted to Wellington actually, I thought they’d die before then. And the last thing I need to happen is for them to give up the ghost in the middle of nowhere. I had a pair of boots do that once… duct tape is only so useful in that situation šŸ˜€

  2. I think that if you posted these pics to Merrell, they’d totally freak out, and use you as advertising šŸ™‚ Do it – you might gain a new sponsor!

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