Friday, October 16, 2009

F5: Footwear edition

Jan over at the RevGals poses this F5:
Too often the Friday Fives I offer up seem extremely introspective, so here's something that could be fun. I notice as I finish my sixth decade that my taste in footwear is much different than when I was younger, as comfort wins out over fashion. So look at your feet and think about what you put on them!

1. What is your favorite footwear at this time in your life?
Sandals and Crocs...I've always preferred comfort over style.

2. What was the craziest shoe, boot, or sandal you ever wore?
Crocs, probably. When I was in high school I had a pair of blue, green and yellow keds...they were cute.

3. What kind of shoes did you wear in your childhood?
I remember a couple of pairs of sturdy school shoes, but I've always had a thing for white keds.

4. How do you feel most comfortable? Barefoot, flip-flops, boots, or what?
Barefoot...which I suspect is why my feet keep getting just a little wider.

5. What kind of socks do you like, if any?
Cute ones! I have several pairs with cats and dogs, lots of polka dots and argyles, and some stripes. Also, fuzzy chenille ones for winter evenings.

Bonus: Anything you want to share about feet or footwear.
I can't think of anything anyone would want to hear, except that I think New Balance in general and the Glenwood Ave store in Raleigh NC in particular, are wonderful. Ben's physical therapist and orthotics people have recommended the shoes to him because they are very stable and have models with a wide toe box. NB also has fit specialists in the stores who never look at us funny when we say his feet are two different sizes (Some shoe store employees have been dismissive, saying, "Oh, that's more common than you think" or "Almost everyone does." Maybe so, but the vast majority of the general population only hqs to buy one pair. We inevitably buy foot is an 8EEEE and the other is a 10 1/2 EE. New Balance has always been great to us, even giving us a discount to help offset the cost of buying 2 pairs to get one useful one.


  1. Crocs! Why didn't I think of those? I have a pair, just for traveling to the beach. They're so lightweight and comfortable, its ALMOST like being barefoot!

  2. Those colorful socks and Keds sound great!

  3. Ah, I like the colorful socks too, but for some reason they don't ever come in the larger size my big feet need. I agree on NB shoes, there is an outlet not many miles from here that I should go to. They are a lifesaver for my nephew whose feet are size 16!

  4. I like colorful socks, too. My daughter thinks it's crazy, but when it's cool I will wear socks with clunky sandals. That's what we did when I was young in WA State.

    I remember how my friend's sister had gone barefoot so much in Spain that her feet had widened too much to be able to fit into the bridesmaid's shoes ordered for her. Interesting how feet get wider.

  5. Love reading this--I guess it tells us all what we are like in what we choose. I could never wear Keds b/c of my wide feet and high arches...I admired them though--my mom convinced me early never to wear white. I was always in the mud or somewhere messy but had no earthly idea how I ended up with stuff on my shoes.

  6. 2. What was the craziest shoe, boot, or sandal you ever wore?

    Dutch wooden shoes. I wore them to school in the fifth grade for a few days.


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