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Foot Notes: Whether you are planning for a city-side sightseeing outing or a soft-adventure trek in relatively rugged terrain, any one of the following three walkabout products could be just the thing for your heel-to-toe adventures:

• Kizik Madrid Eco Knit Shoes: This footgear has a lot going for it. For starters, the shoes feature a lace-up construction technology that enables you to step into them without having to bend down or having to crush the back of the shoe in the process. Actually, the lace-up feature makes putting them on a convenience for those among us with back problems. Available for men and women in a variety of colors, the Madrid outers are made of recycled plastic bottles and a four-way-stretch mesh provide plenty of cooling for your hot and bothered dogs. Other attributes include adjustable lacing and high-density foam insoles. Sizes:4.5 to 15, standard and EE widths. $99; https://kizik.com

• Dunham Men's Cloud Plus Mid II Boot: First thing to note: This slip-resistant boot is waterproof and incorporates a membrane constructed to keep your tootsies dry no matter what. Marketed as ideal for casual wear and daily walks, this line appears just the right fit, literally and figuratively, for soft adventure hiking and trekking. Foot comfort should not be an issue when wearing the Cloud Plus boots inasmuch as they have a removable memory foam cushion that can accommodate your orthotics, an RBar for stability, a nylon stability shank arch support, a padded collar and tongue, and a durable rubber outsole. Sizes: 8 to 18, with three widths. $155; https://www.rockport.com/dunham

• CEP Hiking Merino Compression Socks for Men: No matter how good the shoes, you need the right socks to make that first good step on the proverbial 1,000-mile journey. Available in tall and mid-cut styles, these hiking socks are included in the CEP Outdoor Collection that boasts graduated compression designed to improve circulation and blood flow in targeted areas in order to prevent shin splints, fatigue and cramps. Other positives include breathable padding, moisture-wicking properties and joint-stabilizing construction. Well-placed padding and foot and ankle cushioning all but eliminate blisters and hot spots. Silver-infused, anti-bacterial fabrics (a merino wool blend) eliminate odors as well. A range of compression socks is also available for women. $27.95; www.cepcompression.com

Solo Re-Move Duffel: This stylish carrier is not only attractive, but also environmentally sound in that it started out as discarded plastic bottles that otherwise would have been an insult to the environment. Representative of Solo New York's Re:Cycled polyester collection, the Re:Move Duffel, with its stylish heathered gray exterior and black cam lining, is remarkably light at 1.24 pounds, yet still large enough at 11.75 by 20.5 by 7.5 inches to prove practical for overnight outings and the like. Standard features include removable, adjustable shoulder straps, a front zippered pocket, an interior organizer section with a key clip and a traveler's best friend, a back-panel pass-through for easy transport aboard wheeled luggage. $64.99; https://solo-ny.com

SolarLight Solar-Assisted Flashlight: From the "you never know when you might need it" collection comes this multiple-mode flashlight from the aptly named Gosun company. Thanks to a solar panel integrated into its handle, the flashlight's built-in rechargeable battery, which can also be powered by a standard USB cable, can also charge other electronics in a pinch. The SolarLight's illumination can be toggled from a lantern mode, to a spotlight, to a red-strobe emergency setting. A magnetic bottom attaches to metal surfaces to allow for hands-free operation. The product weighs 0.4 pounds and measures 6.68 by 1.38 by 0.98 inches. $29; https://gosun.co


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