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Classic Hiking Advice: Ask Your Feet the Hard Questions

In 1981, Randal Merrell gave Backpacker Magazine some sage advice: Ask your feet.

In fact, he gave a couple pages worth of advice: well-made lighweight boots and a good fit stand supreme. Backpacker featured Uncle Randy as the resident bootmaster and expert for hiking and backpacking footwear. "Some say Randal Merrell builds the best boot money can buy."

Don't be fooled by the outdated ads (man the 80s were hip) or black and white print (remember when magazines weren't full color on every page?), because Randy's boot expertise is as timely now as it was in 1981, right when he was developing the perfect Merrell Wilderness boot.

Lightweight hiking boots are still the way to go, compared to the cumbersome boots of yore. Why? Ask your feet.

In Randy's words,"By now you will have developed some theories and questions of your own, which is just what you should be doing. Your feet are unique, and only you can choose the right boots for them. Ask them some hard questions, and listen to what they tell you. Then go get fit."

It is that simple. Let's all get a little self-reflective and talk to our feet. What do you guys want to do? Go outside? Comfortably? Sold.

Two feet on the trail,

-KK

You can find the full issue of the 1981 Backpacker Magazine with Randy Merrell's boot thoughts on Google Books. Looking for more Merrell history? You found it.

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