It’s not every day you go hiking and stumble across a piece of movie memorabilia, but that’s exactly what happened to Washington native Chris Kesting and friend Tim Pate.
As the pair told The Oregonian last week, while treking up Mt. Hood, they found Reese Witherspoon’s hiking boot from the 2014 film Wild. Based on Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir, the movie follows Witherspoon as she hikes more than a thousand miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. During a tense moment in the film, she chucks one of her boots over a cliff after losing her toenail and continues on with a duct-taped foot.
“The thing that stood out was the red laces,” Kesting told The Oregonian. “The brown of the leather blended into the soil and I didn’t see that at all. I saw the red laces and thought it was weird that there were flowers out already. That’s when it came into focus. It was kind of funny.”
And it’s defnitely not a fake, according to its specs.
“Well, first of all you wouldn’t find a single boot in a place where nobody would leave a boot,” Kesting said. “It has red laces and it’s a 61/2 woman’s size Danner boot, made in Portland. 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 awhile.”
After the boot was found, Strayed commented about its discover on Twitter.