Reese Witherspoon's Boot from 'Wild' Found by Hiker
By Jackie Willis
Washington hiker Chris Kesting got some unexpected memorabilia when he came across Reese Witherspoon's boot she kicked off while filming the 2014 film Wild.
The film is based off of Cheryl Strayed's memoir about her 11,000-mile hike across the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995, Witherspoon loses her boot off a cliff and then angrily tosses the other one off the ledge as well.
After watching Witherspoon's Oscar-nominated role in Wild, and recognizing where the film was being shot, Kesting decided to go on a expedition of his own and locate the actress' other shoe.
Strayed confirmed on Facebook that Kesting had in fact found the footwear that not even the film crew could locate. "Someone found Reese’s boot! For real," the writer posted. "And yes, the film adhered to leave no trace practices. They could not find the boot. I'm so glad Chris Keating (sic) did. What a funny story."
"It has the red laces, and it’s a 6 1/2 woman's size Danner boot, made in Portland," the lucky hiker told The Oregonian. "If you look at the movie poster, it's that boot. You can tell the manufacturing date on it, 2013, so it's relatively new, but you could tell it had been sitting out in the sun for quite a bit of time. It was bleached out and had been sitting in that spot for a while."
While Kesting has the original movie boot sitting on a shelf in his home, the footwear's manufacturer Danner says the shoe was in such high demand after the movie hit theaters that they reissued them.
"They made custom boots for us for this movie -- probably like 30 pairs, because we had to throw them off the side of the mountain like Cheryl did," Witherspoon said in a promo. "She just absolutely cracks and throws her boot off the side of the mountain and decides to duct tape her sandals to her feet."