One more indulgence about getting Zach ready to go on his mission: We got some shoes for Chris when he went out that the salesman guaranteed would last his entire mission and beyond. No such luck; they fell apart a month or two after he went out.
So with this knowledge in hand, we got Zach a different brand of shoe that was also supposed to hold up to the rigors of missionary work. Zach elected to wear those for the first time when he got set apart. He put the shoes on upstairs, and by the time he made it to the bottom of the staircase the sole had separated from the toe!
Luckily, our friend Hugh bought Zach a pair of Rockports just before taking us up to the MTC. Word is that they're still holding up...keep your toes crossed!