Spring Footwear for 2011
Spring Footwear for 2011 (Photo by Inga Hendrickson)

Swamp Monster

On August 9, after 28 months and more than 4,000 miles, Britain’s Ed Stafford became the first human to walk the length of the Amazon—not a place for the roughshod. Plus, 10 stylish shoes for spring.

Spring Footwear for 2011

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Our boots were handmade in Yorkshire by a company called Altberg and based on the old military jungle boot. It’s impossible to keep your feet dry if you’re wading up to your chest in swamp, so they’re built with valves in the instep that drain water as you walk.

Spring Footwear for 2011

Spring Footwear for 2011 Spring Footwear for 2011

My foot-care system is for the jungle: petroleum jelly in the mornings and medicated talc at night to get ready for the next day’s punishment.

I wore Crocs around the campfire to allow my feet to breathe. They’re perfect zero-maintenance, light-as-a-feather second shoes; unfortunately, they’re not the height of fashion in jungle towns and attract a bit of pointing and laughing, but hey ho!

I wouldn’t jump straight into another long journey—it was bloody miserable at times—but it’s not killed my passion for walking. There’s nothing better than walking in wild places. It recharges my soul.

Wolverine Clapton

Wolverine Clapton boot

Wolverine Clapton boot Wolverine Clapton
($185; wolverine.com)

Børn Caspar

B√∏rn Caspar

B√∏rn Caspar B√∏rn Caspar
($110; bornshoes.com)

Sperry Top-Sider Authentic Original Chukka

Sperry Top-Sider Chukka shoe

Sperry Top-Sider Chukka shoe Sperry Top-Sider Chukka
($95; sperrytopsider.com)

Timberland Abington Oxford

Timberland Abington Oxford shoe

Timberland Abington Oxford shoe Timberland Abington Oxford
($130; timberland.com)

Clarks Weaver Boot

Clarks Weaver Boot

Clarks Weaver Boot Clarks Weaver Boot
($125; clarks.com)

PF Flyers Sumfun

PF Flyers Sumfun shoe

PF Flyers Sumfun shoe PF Flyers Sumfun
($70; pfflyers.com)

Keen Coronado

Keen Coronado shoe

Keen Coronado shoe Keen Coronado
($70; keenfootwear.com)

Sanuk Shore Leave

Sanuk Shore Leave shoe

Sanuk Shore Leave shoe Sanuk Shore Leave
($80; sanuk.com)

K-Swiss Classic Hiker

K-Swiss Classic Hiker shoe

K-Swiss Classic Hiker shoe K-Swiss Classic Hiker
($70; kswiss.com)

Merrell Primed Lace

Merrell Primed Lace shoe

Merrell Primed Lace shoe Merrell Primed Lace
($85; merrell.com)

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021 Lead Photo: Photo by Inga Hendrickson
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