Most underrated boot breakthroughs of 2019 for field reporters, writers
My job as a 21st-century, rural reporter demands a lot of talking, walking, stopping and starting. A lot. One of the first things I have to take into consideration before heading into fieldwork: footwear. Yes, pounding pavement and shuffling through hayfields can take a toll on these tootsies — and quite quickly if I’m not careful.
That’s where Durango’s Graphite Flag Accessory Western Boots come to my outdoor researching and reporting rescue. They’re repeatedly this year’s top picks for covering people, places and things primarily across the Black Belt Region for the following practical reasons:
THEIR BREAK-IN PERIOD
Not long at all. As soon as I slid my brand-new pair on, cushiness surrounded my calves down to my toes. From that point forward, each step became instant gratification. So, no need to stretch or steam these babies. Fresh out the box, my graphites never pinch or cause sores/blisters as I report on the land for hours. Thanks to their well-constructed footbed, my feet are automatically stabilized and contoured to reduce strain from the ankles to the piggies as well.
THEIR BUILT-IN HOLD
These calf-high boots are a pain-free investment that consistently protect against random grazes against thicket, equipment and animals. Horseback trail riding and property surveying are smooth experiences wearing these boots. The boot shaft hugs the legs and ankles with just enough tension to ensure balance from calf to foot without sacrificing its overall cuddle effect. And, yes, its modern-designed vamp and shaft block dusty, rainy and muddy elements brilliantly, especially while entering/exiting buildings, barns and vehicles.
THEIR BUSHWHACKING TECHNOLOGY
Living and working in the rural South (known for its underdeveloped areas) affords a few challenges to covering news. Paved or gravel roads often lead to dirt roads, which end up in the middle of nowhere. Having to walk through suspect terrain and across the countryside to get the scoop is a lot more comforting in my graphites because of features like their rubber outsole and cushion flex insole. The boots’ high-abrasion rubber outsole increases oil, slip resistance. The flex insole keeps me grounded and guarantees never-ending odor control. Oh! I know. I’ve forgotten my socks a few times. These boots have absorbed and concealed my sweat spells in a Southern snap. They’re how I keep things cute on the clock for sure.
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