So my old friends the Adidas Kanadia TR24 have had their say..."We are getting old!" and I have to admit I have not always been the best of owners. They have:
- Been used and abused,
- Left wet on the door step,
- Left covered in hardened mud,
- Ran on every imaginable surface from,
- Climbed mountains
- Jumped in rivers and,
- Clambered walls, stiles and fences.
- Trodden in cow and horse poo
But still they kept faithful even when left behind to be replaced by my new Monkey Feet or my usual road shoes. Today I think was the last straw as I grabbed them from the pile to find them encrusted with North Downs mud and sand such that it took me a few minutes to get the laces working and get them on to run the extended route to the station for a pack run in the country, 18 glorious miles with flecks of snow in the air until my return when I pulled them off to find my foot like this:
This is not a problem for me as I deal with toe issues all the time but it shows my trail shoes may be getting a little old and worn. This was born out this evening when I finally got around to washing them off in the sink to discover the uppers ripped in places, the uppers torn and the lace holes cracked.
The shoes are now drying off and their last journey will be in the Brecon Beacons next week.