Walking Journeys love walkers who use appropriate gear:
Investing in the appropriate gear makes a lot of sense. The clothes and footwear you buy will last for a number of years, and much of it is now mainstream apparel.
You're better off to buy the best you can afford, as it will last longer and you won't have to replace it as often. If you're uncertain about any piece of gear, ask the staff in the Walking Journeys Outfitters Stores for help in selecting the right piece of gear.