I’m heading out on Safari in Southern Africa and then rounding the tour off with a month or so in western Europe/UK. As you could imagine we will be doing a lot of walking and hiking. I have a great pair of boots which have stood me in good stead for about 12 months now, they are well broken in and I know I can wear them all day everyday without getting sore or tired. I say this because I wear them all day everyday to work, and have used them on all of my hiking/camping adventures here in Oz over the past 12 months.
My only concern is that, in accordance with Australian workplace health and beauty laws, my workboots are steel-toed. I traveled with a similar steel toed boot when I went to NZ a couple of years ago without too much difficulty; this is not to say that I am a seasoned international jetsetter. Will steel toed boots cause me much grief getting through customs and airport screening in the post Sept-11 world? These are the best bloody boots I’ve ever owned and I don’t feel inclined to break in another pair if I don’t have to,- but is some paranoid security boffin gonna confiscate my boots because he can’t see through the toes of them with his X-ray machine?