Maintaining your footwear and protecting your feet is an important step to staying ahead in the game of Zombie vs. Human… or even just every day living and survival. Walking through a wet or swampy conditions can quickly turn things for the worse and the same can be said for high dry sandy or grime filled conditions as well. Footwear that has been specifically made for trekking through the mud and blood of the world will hold up better than things like sneakers and dress shoes, but even those are better than nothing when an outbreak or Zombie attack occurs… as long as you maintain them.
Most leather boots/shoes can be weatherized and maintained by applying a little petroleum jelly to the surface and working it into the material until it feels “dry” to the touch. The next thing you know, you’ll have a nice set of water and grime-resistant shoes, ready to work your way through the dirt of the day or stomp a Zombie head with.
Clean your boots on a regular basis, removing as much grime as you can with a soft cloth, before re-conditioning them.
Leather bottomed boots and shoes can be sealed by soaking the soles in a shallow pan of floor wax. Doing this every six months can keep your soles sealed and in good condition for many years to come.
Most shoe materials can be treated with commercially available shoe-sprays and treatments that allow for temporary protection from the elements and grit of the world. These can be extremely handy when you have access to them, and they are guaranteed to make a difference during most conditions.
In Conclusion: No matter what kind of shoes you have or how you choose to treat them, make it a routine process that is repeated every 6 months or as needed. Properly maintaining your shoes can go a long way to keeping you ahead of the Zombie hordes and out of the hands of the Undead.