Dearly Beloved

We are gathered here today to mourn the loss of my Merrell Siren Sports.

Shoe pic here

I can hear you now. “Kit, are you really blogging about your shoes? This is a new and somewhat distressing low.”

Well, they weren’t just any shoes. I bought them in April of 2010, and over the last two and a half years, we’ve walked, hiked, and climbed over 250+ miles, across three continents and six states. These shoes have traveled through ruined castles. They’ve climbed to the top of Machupicchu, retraced the Berlin Wall, and padded through redwood forests. We’ve climbed mountains, crossed prairies, sailed viking boats, and gotten the mail.

These shoes and I have done a lot together. Aside from the international trips, they’ve replaced my hiking boots here at home for my husband’s and my hiking adventures. And they’re freaking comfortable, so they’ve seen their share of gardening, shopping, and errands.

But now, alas, it is time to say goodbye. Even a good pair of shoes can be worn out, especially when you’ve gone on the adventures I have over the last few years. The laces are fraying, the mesh is tearing, and they just don’t have the support for being active in anymore. Besides, they used to be gray. (Well, except the obvious blue part.)

And so, my friends, we must say farewell, and make room for a new pair, which hopefully will have just as eventful a life as its predecessor.

(And, hopefully, the original pair will make it a little longer in the service of errands, dog-walking, and gardening.)

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