About Me

Chris Tooley

Hi.  My name is Chris Tooley. If you like the outdoors, then you and I have similar interests. I enjoy many types of outdoor activities including running, hiking, and walking.

I like to try almost anything outdoors and will share my experiences and insights into the things I’ve learned on this website.

I’ll hope you enjoy my product reviews and articles, so they can give you the information you’re looking for. Thanks for visiting.  

Mammoth, California

“If you have gone hiking in the mountain or hills at least a couple of times, you can feel the wonder and majesty of the natural world around you.

No one said it’s always fun, comfortable, or even peaceful. It is the natural world at its best though, and when I’m in the right frame of mind it’s amazing to be in.” – Chris Tooley

Activities Related to Helpshoe.com


I like to go running, out in nature if possible, a couple of times a week. I usually go for about half an hour and have a good time experiencing nature, listening to music, and just getting out of the house for a while. 

I’ve found that I just feel better when I run when I am consistent. Some people say we are meant to run, I say it helps my nature when I do.


Hiking has been a love of mine for a long time because I find it so enjoyable to explore different places. Its fun to see the different habitats for animal and plant life, and to sometimes experience a sense of peace. 

You can’t beat the feeling of being away from your regular routine and trying to be a bit closer to the natural world. 

Shoe Care

I’ve come to realize after years of choosing cheap shoes to wear, that getting something just a little better constructed and with a better reputation is the most helpful thing I can do. 

When I just take a little time once in a while to care for my shoes, they end up looking and performing better for longer.

My Story

Hiking at Mt. Wilson, California 

At the end of 2018, I started this website with the idea that I could share my love for the outdoors, my interest in staying healthy, and how shoes integrate into these ideas. Going on an outdoor adventure has always been something I’ve enjoyed and now I could share my ideas with others. 

Previously to starting this site I was a teacher for 17 years. I enjoyed teaching, but it was stressful for me. I found it difficult to quit because I loved my school, the teachers, and the students, but I was ready for a change.  

I am still in the process of learning about blogging and how best to meet the needs of my audience. I enjoy learning and sharing new information and enjoy sharing my experiences with shoes, health, and the great outdoors.  

I have enjoyed the benefits that having my own schedule to work on Helpshoe.com and writing articles about the subjects that I have a passion for.  

My hope is that you will enjoy coming to Helpshoe.com and find the answers you are looking for. My goals include experiencing, writing, and recording videos about shoes, health, and outdoor activities. Then I can share what I’ve learned so that others can see through my eyes what my experiences have taught me.

(This picture is from a hike I took that overlooks the San Fernando Valley. Perfect day to hike and for pictures)