“It isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you down, it is the grain of sand in your shoe”
Gaiters are protective clothing that fit over shoes/boots and possibly your legs. They keep dirt and debris out of your shoe and with tall ones keep snow out as well.
I had been wearing some wonderful Running Gaiters made by the company Dirty Girls. They were light weight and worked great.
One of the issues I had with the new shoes was regarding the sticky Velcro needed for the gaiters on the heel of the shoe; it wouldn’t stick. At all. The old gaiters require the Velcro to attach to the shoe, so I was stuck.
I couldn’t figure out what was going on with the special rubber used on the shoe in the time I had, so I gave up and purchased a new pair of gaiters. These use a cord that wraps under the shoe to hold the gaiter down and are made by Black Diamond.
I don’t like them as well, but with low top shoes I needed SOMETHING to keep the trail out.
Wish me luck!