So apparently “National Take a Hike Day” is a thing. There’s an Heirloomist for that!

Aimee Harvey's husband, Brad, basically grew up on the trail. Always in the backwoods or on an Outward Bound trip, the outdoors just seemed his natural habitat. So in advance of his birthday, Aimee unearthed his 35 year-old hiking boots and sent them to us to be photographed as a gift.

When we got the boots in front of the camera, it was clear they had been loved for a lifetime.

“You captured not only their character, but his too,” Amiee wrote. “Adventurous, rugged, reliable, worn, but still functional. Full of memories.”

“I can’t think of a better way to honor something important to him like this,” Aimee said of her art. We made her photograph almost 3ft long-- an ode to the gigantic influence the boots played in her husband’s life.

Aimee, thank you for letting us in on your husband’s fantastic surprise!