Shoes are bad. I don’t just mean stiletto heels, or cowboy boots, or tottering espadrilles, or any of the other fairly obvious foot-torture devices into which we wincingly jam our feet. I mean all shoes. Shoes hurt your feet. They change how you walk. In fact, your feet – your poor, tender, abused, ignored, maligned, misunderstood feet – are getting trounced in a war that’s been raging for roughly a thousand years: the battle of shoes versus feet.
My main shoes have been a pair of soft-soled moccasins (with the fringe cut off, making them look like the original “desert boot“), which are great for walking, but not for footbiking beyond tooling around.
My sneaker-like skateboard shoes are much better for kickin’, but still feel too much to me like … shoes.
Eyeing a good-looking pair of sturdy but flexible water shoes in a local shoe store, I picked one up to discover it was a Teva shoe. I knew they made “adventure sandals,” but they all had huge stiff soles with lots of support.
But not the Proton 4, which is apparently Teva’s contribution to the water-shoe. They look almost like conventional running shoes, so I can wear ’em anywhere. (Around here, in summer, “formal” footwear means “not barefoot.” In winter, running shoes are about all people wear here, and some of them are pretty outlandish. The Protons also look much saner than Vibram Five-Finger shoes, which are just scary.)
I got the Tevas home and slipped them on and took off around the block on my scooter. Beautiful! Just like barefoot, but with good sole protection. The heels are certainly no higher than the soles. And maybe this summer I’ll be able to scoot actually barefoot! Or not. Update: Dave Riley has managed it.
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