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These Boots Were Made for Walking

Matt Orlando
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When’s the last time you took a moment to think about the shoes on your feet…the places they’ve taken you, the springy grass they’ve tread, the dirty city streets they’ve traversed…the rain and snow and sleet and mud and sand they’ve helped carry you across?

For Christmas this year I got my first new pair of non-running sneakers in literally years. Typically my sneakers last for years and years. I take them out of the box, spray them with waterproofing, lace them up, and then tie them for usually the first and only time, as I’ve mastered the art of slipping sneakers on and off without damaging them or needing to retie. The only things that have lasted longer for me are some neckties and my last car which saw me through almost 16 years.

As we are closing in on the end of the year, the end of a decade, it is wild to think about all the places these new shoes will take me. The new homes I may live in, the new jobs I may have, the races I will hopefully run and the adventures my family and I may go on. These shoes may get rained on or snowed on or covered in mud and grass or get filled with sand. They may kick a soccer ball or run some bases or help me drive to the hoop. They’ll carry me as I carry my boys to school, to lessons, to practices and more. City streets and park paths and neverending boardwalks that go for miles and miles are what these shoes are made for.

There’s a ton of uncertainty going into this new year, with no real way of knowing where I will end up or how things will turn out. The only thing I can be certain of is that no matter where I am going, these are the shoes that will take me there.

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