Dierks Bentley Shows Off Shoes He Wore for a Year: ‘Mission Complete’

by Madison Miller
Photo by: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

With only a few days into 2021, people are reflecting on everything that happened in 2020. While it was a tough year for many people, it also came with its own successes and powerful moments.

For country artist Dierks Bentley, he has a lot to reflect on from 2020. However, one of his most proud moments was showing off his shoes that lasted the year.

He posted a photo of them on Instagram with the caption, “These shoes started falling apart the first week I got them last January. Cheap, but they weren’t cheap! Told myself I’d wear them for the year. Mission complete.”

Peeking through his tattered shoe is his son, Knox. It goes to show just how much damage they’ve seen.

The shoes in question, for those wondering, are a brand called On. The shoe is popular for runners for its light design. As The Wall Street Journal says, “On combines the best of a traditional and minimalist running shoe while staying exceptionally light.”

They got even lighter as Bentley put some holes in them, too. The shoe he is holding appears to be about $130 currently.

Dierks Bentley Reflects on his 2020

When the pandemic started out, Bentley moved his family to a rural location in Colorado. Since then, he has been posting photos of himself hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and countless other outdoor activities. Maybe the shoes couldn’t stand up to the harsh exercise he was getting out in Colorado.

Besides tearing up the wilderness (and his shoes) what was 2020 like for the country artist?

Bentley has been helping Hot Country Knights promote their debut album, “The K Is Silent.” The group has a vintage ’90s country music sound to them. He is a producer as well as a performer under the name Doug Douglason. He has also released his song “Gone,” with a music video, that will eventually be part of an album.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bentley revealed information about how his 2020 went.

Here he revealed that his favorite shows to binge were “Little Fires Everywhere” and “The Queen’s Gambit,” his most listened to album was “Every Kingdom” by Ben Howard, and “What About Bob?” is the movie he uses for comfort.

He talked a little about his experience in the outdoors that Bentley has continued to prove was very important to him. It was also an opportunity to spend more time with his family.

“Mountain biking…I’ve always biked but this summer I was able to really get into it. Doing half the Telluride 100 in freezing rain and thick mud, riding up to and on a section of the Colorado Trail, and fat biking up snow covered trails at night have been some of the highlights,” Bentley said.

He admits he spent more time with his family this year more than any other year. He hopes that after COVID-19 there can be an economic recovery for people and businesses.

Bentley, and his shoes, went through a lot this year, especially outside. With plans for hopefully touring and releasing music in 2021, Bentley is not treading lightly into the new year.