A traveller and his shoes

***Update: (17/10/2017) *** I am no longer using Dr. Scholl’s Gel Insoles. I will actively be avoiding them going forward. They have a design flaw. A rubber ring in the heel becomes pronounced when the gel starts failing. As it happens gradually, it’s not immediately noticeable. It caused me pain and aggravated my plantar fasciitis.

As a traveller, the most important piece of equipment is my shoes. I only have the one pair, so I wear them everyday. Some days, I put them on in the first thing and take them off before going to bed.

First shoes

When I started this trip, I had a pair of Keen Targhee II  shoes.

My Targhee II shoes in Montreal 2017

They were excellent for wet weather in Vancouver. They also did a really good job in the -24 degree weather in Montreal.  You can read more about that in my post about travelling in Eastern Canada.

Near the end of my first week travelling, I found I had to replace them. They were too heavy and they were giving me turf toe.

Second shoes

I purchased a pair of Adidas Supernova on sale for cheap in Paris. After wearing them for a couple weeks but found my heel was bothering me something badly. Some time later, I found it was Plantar Fasciitis. It wasn’t the shoes. Well, it was a combination of walking 3-4 hours a day, intermixed walking with an extra 15 Kilograms in my backpack, and not quite enough heel support.

I bought up some Dr. Scholl’s Gel Insoles and that made all the difference. I now will buy inexpensive shoes and expensive insoles.

These shoes were great. They had been to Greece, Rome, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Andorra, Germany, and Romania. According to Google Timeline, I put approximately 2000 Kilometres on them in 4.5 months.  This surprised me. Breaking it down, that’s about 14 Kilometres per day. Not bad!

Sadly, it was time to replace them. I found the sole had stiffened up quite a bit and wasn’t providing any cushioning. I was starting to get Plantar Fascitis again. You can see the sole is very worn down and I didn’t do any burnouts in them!

Out with the old, in with the new.

Third shoes

I picked up some Reebok Triplehall runners. They are working pretty well so far.

Excuse the dirt. I had to try my new toys out.  So far, the insole is pretty good. My heel pain has started to fade, so I’m happy. Perhaps I’ll upgrade the insoles in a month or so. Also, I think going forward, I’ll start looking for new shoes around the 3 month mark.



I went to this art place in Paris that a good friend told me about.

It was cool.

There was some stuff I didn’t understand, though.

Like this.

or like this.

Dis, too. What dis?

All jokes, aside, there were some pretty cool pieces. Here are a couple I liked.

Of course there where many more, but I didn’t get pictures of everything I liked. 🙂

Postscript: This was an email I sent to a couple friends. I enjoyed it re-reading it so, I figured I’d post it here. These are from the Centre Georges Pompidou taken around the second week of March.