If there’s one thing you truly need while living in Central, Northern or Western Maine, it’s a good pair of boots. I’m not sure how rugged Downeast Maine is, so I can’t comment on that. But from what I’ve seen so far in the above areas, you’re going to end of doing dirty business in some way or another, so it’s best to get the footwear situation squared away sooner rather than later.
I remember laying in bed a few weeks after we arrive in Maine this past November. The temperature hit a low of -24 degrees. I would look up at the ceiling right after getting snuggled up under our seven layers of blankets and wonder what we would do if an emergency struck. A house fire was my main concern. My worst nightmare was waking up to the smell of smoke, having to grab all the cats, put them in their carriers, jump out the window and stand there in the front lawn. Naked. It wasn’t a good feeling and I’ll admit it when I say that I sort of freaked out a little. I wasn’t ready for this Winter, but we made it through. And now that Spring is here, I can look back and think we’re better people for doing what we did.
Not many nights went by before I headed to Home Depot and bought new smoke detectors and an emergency window ladder. I began sleeping next to the clothes I took off before I got in bed and made sure my shoes were always at the ready. I stored the cat carriers upstairs, close by to the bedroom. I also kept emergency gear in the trailer out back. Propane and kerosene heaters, blankets and I hid the keys to the truck on the property somewhere. The last thing I needed was to be unprepared. I hate being unprepared, so I over-prepare. I’m not sure there’s anyone now as prepared as me in the state of Maine.
Back to the footwear. As I look back on what I would be wearing on my feet as I stand in the front lawn, at midnight, in the freezing cold, I can say that I was never really comfortable with the thought of slipping on my Crocs, or my Dr. Martens. How long would we be out there? What would we be doing? Let’s just say that while everything else looked good, the shoe, or boot situation was undernourished at best. Hence, today’s purchase of some really kick-ass Carhartt logger boots. Now, these boots obviously aren’t only meant to serve me in case of emergency. They’ll do what they’re supposed to do, and that is work, but it isn’t such a bad thing having them next to my pillow at night either.
Okay, let’s get to the nitty-gritty about these boots. Specifically, these are the Carhartt Men’s CML8360 8 Inch Composite Toe Logger Boot. They are available on Amazon for between $162.99 and $193.95. I purchased them at Renys in Madison, Maine for $159.99. With tax, it added up to $168.79. If I had ordered them from Amazon, I would have saved a few bucks, but I was happy with actually trying on the ones I’d be bringing home. I wasn’t ready for something weird to happen with a purchase via the internet.
The boots feel good. They’re snug around the toes and have very good arch support. I’m hoping these hold up for many, many years because I’m really not in the mood to be spending all this money again. If they can last the duration of what boots like this are supposed to last, I’ll be happy.