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The Earl Shaffer Boot
by The Russell Moccasin Company
Special Edition: 75th Anniversary Boot Set
Earl Shaffer made history in these boots, when he became the first person to walk the entire Appalachian Trail in 1948. They said it couldn't be done, but Earl finished all 2,000 miles and 2 million steps. He then went on to become a champion for the Appalachian Trail and hiking communities, inspiring thousands to take on their own long distance hiking adventures.
The single pair of Birdshooter boots that Earl wore from Georgia to Maine are now in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, preserved as token of hiking history. They serve as a reminder to create your own adventure, to persist in the face of adversity, and to get outdoors, where nature can both inspire and heal.
Produced by legacy boot maker Russell Moccasin Company, the boots worn by Earl on his historic journey are now available as a special-edition Earl Shaffer Birdshooter boot. Created with genuine moccasin construction and the expertise of a 125-year old shoe company, the Birdshooter is made to last generations.
Astonishingly durable and comfortable, these heirloom-quality boots are handmade to order. Own a piece of history, and take them on your own epic journey outdoors today.
This boot was created in partnership of the Earl Shaffer Foundation and the Russell Moccasin Company. The Earl Shaffer Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to the education and inspiration of long distance hikers, and to the conservation of the Appalachian Trail for generations to come.
Each package includes:
- A pair of Earl Shaffer Birdshooter boots, made-to-order
- A copy of Walking With Spring, Earl's own account of his 1948 hike
- A bag of coffee, roasted by Daysol Coffee Lab
- An annual membership to the Earl Shaffer Foundation
Learn more on our website about Earl Shaffer and his legacy of hiking, writing, conservation, and advocacy.
Find Earl's books about his WWII service, hiking, and conservation work.
Listen to Earl's original music about the Appalachian Trail and his journeys through life here.
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Learn more about the Earl Shaffer Boot by watching the following video by Michael Kristy of The Iron Snail.
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