In another post OldCooteHillBilly mentioned footwear as a Survival Preperation Item. This got me to thinking. I normally keep extra gloves around because they wear out quickly when used hard. I have not kept extra boots as part of my survival preperation inventory however. The last 5 pairs of lace up boots I have bought have all been pitiful quality. The last pair were camo Cordura lace ups from Wal-Mart. They started to come unstitched at about 3 months. I live in the country and I am hard on gear. I am out cutting fire wood, fixing fence, building things, etc all the time. I am a good test subject for using gear, and seeing how it holds up. Bottom line the last 5 pair of boots have all been made in China or possibly Vietnam on the 511 Brand boots. While they all looked good when I bought them, they all came apart when used hard way too soon. Not good when your gear may need to stay together for a long time while used hard. This is a subject worth a little research to determine what one should buy. I am sure you can still buy good boots that stay together, a source other than Wal-Mart is going to be called for on this one. Lets look into this a little deeper. Footweat is fairly important. It is a lot more important when you are barefoot, which you will be shortly with China made boots in a survival situation.