It’s starting to warm up around here and wouldn’t you know it, the sandal freaks are out in full force. Jeans with sandals, shorts with sandals, cargo pants with sandals and all in the name of comfort or fashion. As I stated in my title unless one is at the beach or the pool the sandal does not belong on one’s foot, at least for the prepared individual. When I think of an absolutely worthless pair of footwear sandals immediately come to mind whether it be soccer style, flip flops or even Birkenstock-ish styles.
Let’s examine why sandals are an awful choice for the prepper:
1- You can’t run in them (well). Maybe you think you can, but navigating obstacles and various terrain in flip flops will be much more difficult versus a real shoe or hiking boot.
2- Protection? Laughable.
3- Stability: Nosomuch. Again this reverts back to the need to move if something strange goes down. Lateral movement and light feet over terrain are greatly impeded in a pair of sandals. One could make the case for hiking sandals with all the straps on them but those still offer very little protection.
4- If you conceal carry on a daily basis why in the world would you leave your home wearing flip flops? Would you go to the range and shoot in flip flops? Would you run an obstacle course in flip flops? Would you want to have to chase someone or get into a fight in flip flops?
The Bottom Line
Each piece of kit we wear, each piece of clothing we don, each choice we make must be done so with careful consideration. You don’t have to leave the house every day dressed for a trip to the range but when considering footwear leave the sandals and go for something more practical (unless you are Cody Lundin).