Team Tortoise are Cheryl, Min, Opus, Elaine and Carrie

5 torts making their slow and steady ascent up Mt Kinabalu...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Interview with Elaine's Amazing Not Stinky Trekking Shoe


When did you start becoming Elaine's shoe? How long have you been in this relationship with her feet?

Elaine adopted me from Snow + Rock, London one cold dreary lunch time in Feb 2005. Our maiden outing together was to Tignes, France for a ski trip. Since then, encounters with Elaine's feet are on average once a year when she goes traipsing off to some obscure corner of the earth. So basically, she takes me to high altitude places, in snow and in earth.

Where have you been?

Tignes, France - ski slopes
Niseko, Japan - ski slopes (twice!)
Bhutan - trekking
Inca Trail, Peru - trekking. We saw Machu Picchu!
Whistler / Vancouver, Canada - ski slopes

What is your favourite travel location. Why?

Of the above, fav spot must be Machu Picchu! Can't get more awesome than following in the footsteps of the ancient Incas (literally!). 4 whole days trekking across the Andes Mountains to the spectacular ancient city of Machu Picchu. But oh boy, being up close and personal with Elaine's feet for >8 hours a day was hard work...

What do you think makes a good trekking shoe? Do you think you are a good trekking shoe?

Modesty is not my greatest virtue, but honesty is. And honestly, I am a superb trekking shoe. Light, comfortable and I provide excellent ankle support and grip for slippery and treacherous situations. And surely you'd admit I look pretty darn good too?

High tops or low tops - which one is better?

High cut or low cut - I can't quite say (though I'm biased towards low cuts). But Elaine has tried both types and prefers low cuts for comfort.

What is your favourite movie?

Fav movie?? Dude, I can't see beyond 5 inches above ground!

Does Elaine have stinky feet?

No, Elaine's feet don't smell. But I note evidences of past leech bites and calluses from insufficient pedicure outings.

Have you ever climbed a mountain?

As mentioned above, have been up several mountains but can't say I've climbed any, in the true sense of the word.

Thank you, it has been a pleasure talking to you!

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