Welcome to hell, feet

A while back ago, like Medic999, I was approached by Magnum Boot company about becoming a field tester for a new pair of boots. They asked me to wear their new boots for a while and write about them in my “Popular EMS Blog”. They’d send me new boots for free, and I would review them. I weighed the decision carefully… I couldn’t decide whether I would alienate my readership (both of them) by blogging about commercial interests. I pictured myself as a NASCAR driver, blogging for a corporate sponsor. Would you think that I’d sold out? Would you think that I was a corporate shill?

But then I thought, y’know… free boots.

So I signed up and Magnum Boots sent me a brand new pair of Magnum Elite Force 8.0 WPI boots. They arrived yesterday and they’re replacing my old boots, which (No foolin’) I’ve been wearing dang-near every day since I got them 5 years ago.

I figured this. Magnum Boots has bought a review by sending me a new pair of boots to replace my 5yo pair that have been with me through so much. What they didn’t buy is an automatically positive review. I’ve decided that I’m going to wear these boots through the whole week and put them through everything I go through. This includes 72 hours of shift time on a busy rural paramedic ambulance service, 24 hours on duty at the fire department (really. I work a lot), a bunch of volunteer calls, and my daily life of being a husband, father, and homeowner in a small town.

I’ll test these boots out, put them through hell, and report back to you on how they perform. If I like them, I’ll tell you. If I don’t like them, I’ll tell you. I’ve already mowed the lawn in them, and have put in a few hours of other misc yard work in them. Today I’m taking them down to the river for a little water rescue training. (fishing the bank) These are things that I’d usually try to protect my other duty boots from, but I’m being tasked to review these things and I’m going to put them, and my feet, through hell week.

All for your benefit. I already got free boots, y’know.

It’s time to go kick my feet’s um, kick these boot’s… something. Look for a post in a week.

  • http://www.firedaily.com Fire Daily

    You know, Chris, you and HM have now both received a new pair pf boots. Being that I'm out on a line of duty disability, it won't be cool gear for the active FF or PM, But I'm wondering when I'll be getting my lil' sumthin'? Maybe some rubbers (the kind that go over your shoes) for when I amble down to the park to feed the duckies and avoid the goose poop? Or some day old bread? “A lil' sumthing for the effort?”

    Anyway, looking forward to your review!

  • http://twitter.com/FF900 SMITTY

    Everyone at my day job (in the corporate world) makes fun of my boots. They always ask, “are you going to a fire while you are here?”. I just think duty boots are just best footwear to use everyday. Glad I’m not the only one who wears boots all the time!

  • http://www.medic22.com/ Medic 22

    Uhhh…how do I get free boots?

  • crazynewt

    I can just see it now. An angina patient, lying supine on the ground, clutching his chest. You come in through the door, but all he sees from his ground position are the boots. Walking towards him.

    Wheezing, he beckons you forward.

    “What, sir?” you ask, expecting a summary of symptoms.

    “Nice… *gasp*… boots….”

  • http://www.medic22.com/ Medic 22

    Uhhh…how do I get free boots?

  • crazynewt

    I can just see it now. An angina patient, lying supine on the ground, clutching his chest. You come in through the door, but all he sees from his ground position are the boots. Walking towards him.

    Wheezing, he beckons you forward.

    “What, sir?” you ask, expecting a summary of symptoms.

    “Nice… *gasp*… boots….”

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  • Comments
    Ianto Jones
    The Natural Alignment Movement – Freedom of Choice from the Orthopedic Conspiracy
    Oh, dear G-d. This was hilarious, but I'm fighting not to find it dangerous as well -- someone's gonna share it on FB, and one of _their_ friends is going to send it to Bright Star MorningGlory Rainbow, who will send it to her YahooGroup, and someone there will reply that he *thinks* he broke…
    2014-11-18 09:54:00
    Thad Torix
    Patient Friendly Jokes
    Have you heard my construction joke? I'm still working on it.... (Credit to my youngest daughter for that one. My partners are absolutely sick of hearing that joke...) On another note, what a fantastic blog. If you are ever in SW Missouri, stop by and say hello. Thad Torix - EMS Instructor & Clinical Coordinator…
    2014-11-03 18:27:00
    mr618
    Welcome to the Club
    Well said, Chris. We can't save everybody, but the ones we don't save tend to stick around a lot longer than the ones we do save.
    2014-10-18 14:40:00
    Steel City Medic
    Welcome to the Club
    Particularly appropriate for me this week. Thanks.
    2014-09-23 21:46:00
    DiverMedic
    Welcome to the Club
    Very well done, Chris.
    2014-09-17 22:15:00

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