Finally, I'm not the only one.
This is a fantastic video about Shell Cordovan, what REAL dress shoes are made from.
Pandora Radio is brilliant, and if you've never experienced it you should do yourself a favor and make a few radio stations of your own at their website. One of the best things about Pandora is that you get to know new music that you'd maybe never have discovered on your own. This song by Patrick Sweany came up as my first song the other day after logging into my favorite of 6 stations I've created on Pandora. "Them Shoes", by Patrick Sweany, enjoy! Maybe I need to start Shoedora, the footwear genome project...
I love the Current TV station because it is so many things that people DON'T hate about TV. If you have access to it you ought to check it out. Here is a mediocre interview with the creator of everyone's favorite YouTube footwear video.
Nope, this is not a shoe giveaway, just a great site intro worth seeing no matter if you run or not:
As quickly as I fell in love with brand it's time has passed. The good folks up at Timberland have decided to give the ax to the Mion brand. Even the brilliant breath of Martin Keen wasn't enough to save these great sandals. The sad thing for me is that I really invested myself in this brand. They are not the easiest shoes to love or sell for that matter, and we just received a rather sizable preseason order not but a few days after the announcement. Look at that great sandal though, great colors, supportive, unique, good "green" story, what more could you want in a summer sandal? I still think this is a viable brand though they have been compared to Crocs and other "foamy" sandals and clog they just have so much more to offer.
Timberland does have a sense of humor, well maybe irony. Just to rib us a bit about the loss, they put a pair of really crappy new Timberland womens hiking boots in with our order just to let us know in a way that Mion was just too good for them.
Oh, and by the way, I guess If you'd like a pair before they're gone, drop us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a vindication of the barefoot set from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow:
Adam Sternbergh's long investigative New York Magazine piece, "You Walk Wrong," makes a compelling case for shoes as inherently damaging to your feet and spine. I have very flat feet, which has always meant problems with my hips, knees and back, and I've work custom orthotic inserts since I was a teenage. Last year, I picked up a pair of Vibram Fivefingers "barefoot shoes" that do a pretty good job of simulating the experience of going barefoot without the tetanus and laceration risk, and I've done a lot of city and country walking in them, and I have to say, my back and knees and feet feel pretty damned good after a couple days in them.
At first glance, this seems like a sensible and obvious approach—to work with the foot, not against it. But it represents a fundamental break from the dominant philosophy of shoe design. For decades, the guiding principle of shoe design has been to compensate for the perceived deficiencies of the human foot. Since it hurts to strike your heel on the ground, nearly all shoes provide a structure to lift the heel. And because walking on hard surfaces can be painful, we wrap our feet in padding. Many people suffer from flat feet or fallen arches, so we wear shoes with built-in arch supports, to help hold our arches up...
Admittedly, there’s something counter intuitive about the idea that less padding on your foot equals less shock on your body. But that’s only if we continue to think of our feet as lifeless blocks of flesh that hold us upright. The sole of your foot has over 200,000 nerve endings in it, one of the highest concentrations anywhere in the body. Our feet are designed to act as earthward antennae, helping us balance and transmitting information to us about the ground we’re walking on.
But (you might say) if you walk or run with no padding, it’s murder on your heels—which is precisely the point. Your heels hurt when you walk that way because you’re not supposed to walk that way. Wrapping your heels in padding so they don’t hurt is like stuffing a gag in someone’s mouth so they’ll stop screaming—you’re basically telling your heels to shut up.
And your heels aren’t just screaming; they’re trying to tell you something. In 2006, a group of rheumatologists at Chicago’s Rush Medical College studied the force of the “knee abduction moment”—basically, the force of torque on the medial chamber of the knee joint where arthritis occurs. For years, rheumatologists have advised patients with osteoarthritis of the knees to wear padded walking shoes, to reduce stress on their joints. As for the knee-abduction moment, they’ve attempted to address it with braces and orthotics that immobilize the knee, but with inconsistent results. So the researchers at Rush tried something different: They had people walk in their walking shoes, then barefoot, and each time measured the stress on their knees. They found, to their surprise, that the impact on the knees was 12 percent less when people walked barefoot than it was when people wore the padded shoes.
I don't know how y'all really feel about Christmas, but regardless of your religious affiliation or lack there of, I don't recall ANYWHERE in the bible that it is said you must put yourself into debt to buy presents for folks you love, folks you rarely see or don't even like. Call a friend you miss, help someone move, or don't do anything at all, but PLEASE don't buy something from me or anyone else for that matter because you feel like you have to because it's Christmas, what a crock. Why can't we just give ALL year round? Enough of the tirade. A good friend of mine, who at this moment is basking on the beach somewhere in Jamaica, sent me an mp3 of a sappy ass song called "Christmas Shoes", and in looking for a link to it I found this great bit by Patton Oswalt (he put the "Rat" in Ratatouille). He quite succinctly sums up my feelings about this awful song and how I feel about the GD holidays as well. Enjoy...and um, don't let your kids hear this unless you want them to talk like my trash mouth 3 year old who dropped a big ol' WTF in the grocery store last week.
Love to hear that shoe repair is not a dying art. My good friends Jon Hearn and Julie Raschella just returned from a month trekking in Nepal. In their countless miles of walking across this very diverse country they ran into the same couple of "nomadic" shoe repairmen at least twice. Thanks for the share J & J, nice to have you home! You can see more pics from their trip HERE. From Egan Blog.
I'm at an emotional, moral, rational and were I not an anti theist, spiritual crossroads. Here's my quandary:
Our store receives a dozen calls (at least) every week for a particular product that we don't carry. This product is sold nearly everywhere. However, our town of nearly 100,000 people has no current dealers of this product. Seems like a no brainer, these are one of the most well known shoes on the market today. The rub is though, I have alway hated this product, and most folks that know me know how I feel about this product. A very well respected member of the footwear community, asked me a few weeks ago why I hated this product so much. For the wordy, bullshitter I usually am, I really didn't have a good response: Well, uh, they're ugly and um, I think they aren't all that good for your feet. He explained to me how great they were for certain uses and I couldn't disagree. So should I flip flop on this issue? If I don't, I'm possibly missing out on big sales of a product that actually fits in well with many of the other styles we carry. If we do, then I've got a complete QUAGMIRE of styles and accessories to go through. Oh well, better get back to my other pre-season ordering!
Dansko clogs are crazy popular. I met some great folks from Anchorage that do over $1,000,000.00 in Dansko sales a year in their store. Here's the thing though, Dansko doesn't really make their own shoes (and who really does these days with most things being made in Chinese factories). This is where it gets interesting; the company that makes Dansko's clogs, with that bombproof, uber-supportive platform that gives such great support for most feet, is now out of the confines of a patent and are going to be offering identical shoes themselves. Just try to buy a pair of Danskos in Europe, it won't happen, because they don't exist. The salesmen you'd be describing the shoe to would tell you, "Those are Sanita Clogs you silly American". Sanita Clogs have been making footwear since 1907, and since the late 1991 making clogs for Mandy Cabot and Peter Kjellerup of Dansko. So how will this work? Aren't they essentially in competition with themselves? Will Dansko continue to thrive based
on their stellar reputation here? Personally, I can't wait to get them in my store. I've always liked Dansko, but haven't carried them since a dealer is only a block and a half away. Please, if I have my facts all wrong here let me know. I certainly did some research but could be off on something here. All this was written after overhearing an interesting conversation at the big Vegas shoe show. By the way, can you tell which one of the clogs pictured is a Dansko and which is a Sanita?
Everything you ever wanted to know about lacing your shoes or boots. HERE!
TOMS Shoes are my "Kick of the Week", not because of their incredible comfort or brilliant design, but because this company was founded JUST to give shoes to needy kids around the world. Blake Mycoskie, CEO (self titled: Head Shoe Giver) of TOMS Shoes gives a pair of shoes for every pair he sells, cheers to that. Thanks Current TV (check it out if you get it) for the YouTube clip. If you'd prefer to listen to a radio piece you can do so HERE, from Marketplace on American Public Media.
Here is a great little piece on Chaco from CNBC: LINK
If you can't see the video once the page loads, right click on it and click zoom to fullscreen.
I thought hoax the first time I saw this, but the pictures on this website are pretty convincing. Is Walmart so powerful that they can quash such items from hitting the mainstream press? This has been bouncing around a few of my favorite blogs lately and I just couldn't pass up an opportunity to post another piece of pedal (of the foot, not bicycle) carnage.
Nope, these aren't Chicago or Boston baseball fans, they're men who wear socks with sandals. Here's a British website completely devoted to the fashion geniuses: LINK
via Egan Blog
Friends don't let friends wear cotton socks. Here are a few reasons to choose the right sock for your next hiking trip: LINK
Looks like we have some convincing evidence that Chaco may indeed do some "multi-sport" footwear next year. In the immortal words of Napoleon Dynamite, "YESSSSSSSSS!".
Heard a nasty rumor: Chaco shoes in 2008? I'll certainly look into the validity of this hearsay.
I'm sure many of you tech savvy folks have seen this already, and I hate to help Bill out with any marketing, but this stuff is pretty cool. I'm also sure that many will accuse Microsoft of ripping off some of the new iPhone tech but it looks like they've been working on this for quite a few years now. It just makes me really think about how this type of technology can work in our shop: foot scans, ease of purchasing, interface to choose your color, style and foot type. I love to hear and see new technology when the focus is more on design, interface and ease of use rather than faster chips and more memory. Check it out HERE, Microsoft Surface.
My baby sister wanted to know how to get Gatorade out of her favorite pair of coaching shoes. I told her not to worry about it until they won the entire NCAA College World Series. Just have to give props out to my favorite and only sister for making our family so proud of her in what she has become. GO DAWGS!