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Saturday, June 26. 2010
Regular guys do not worry overly much about their appearance (unless at work, on first dates, on the golf course, or at the club). Yes, regular grooming habits do seem necessary, as do clean if not ironed clothing.
This post, however, is about so-called "old man walking shoes." In NYC, or when travelling in Europe and parts beyond where you end up walking many cement or asphalt or dusty or dusty in a day, it makes sense to swallow one's vanity and to invest in some seriously comfortable walkin' shoes. I don't mean huntin' and hikin' boots.
I have worn out one pair of expensive Mephistos, but for comfort, support, and general ugliness, these New Balance walking shoes are the best. Cheap, too, and ugly enough in black to exceed the criteria for "old men's walking shoes." (If you get them in white, you look like you should be pattering around a nursing home.) I have worn these things all around the world.
And consider this: If you are a cool, interesting, streetable man who is good at sparkling conversation, oblique flirtation, and snappy repartee - as I am - only a moron would hold the provenance of your shoes against you.
(This does not, obviously, apply to women and shoes, which is a subject of deep mystery to all.)
Walkin' Blues, with Roy Rogers on bottleneck. I like it. I first heard this song sung by John Hammond (yes, the John Hammond's son) quite a long time ago:
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Interesting, but they're not Nike they are New Balance.
Prefer the tredsafe branded knock offs that Wal-Mart sells. Last about as long for half price or less. The sole is grippy enough to handle any urban walking.
I purchased some new walking shoes as well as some black Timberland clogs before traveling to France. I primarily used the clogs to walk around Paris. They were versatile, simple and extremely comfy! I wore them almost exclusively to journey through Istanbul as well, but Nepal looks to be our next journey, and I think a new pair of walking shoes might be in order for that trip.
Get some Crocs. You'll never look back. :)
But, if you're going for sneakers, New Balance are the best.
so ugly and vanity must be in play as i believe nce you stop caring it all goes to pot. remember even the partner should get butterflies when she sees how dapper you atill are, n'est pas?
Well, the Timberland clogs I referenced are pretty good looking, but Crocs... Well, let's just say they're practical.
haha. Actually, Crocs come in styles that don't look like turned-over trash cans. They have a bunch of 'cool' looking treads. I do admit guys in Crocs are not a turn-on, but darn, once you start wearing them, you're like... "ho hum... I have Crocs and I don't care."
When I was traveling in France several years ago and doing a lot of walking, I bought a pair of Mephistos and found them to be extremely comfortable as walking shoes. They were also stylish enough to do double duty as dress shoes. At the time, they cost me literally half what they would have cost in the US. Such a bargain, how could I refuse? I recently sent them away to have them resoled. Now that they are back I can say that the workmanship is excellent. With care, I am hoping they will last as long as my favorite Swiss Bally shoes, which are now more than 20 years old and were definitely worth the price. I also second (or third) the sentiments of others about New Balance walking shoes. They are indeed terrific. My feet are great fans of NB.
I bought a pair of these a few years ago when I was bartending in Vegas. Their secret is that they have a stiff plate under the toe that keeps it curved upward. When you're walking, the curved toe almost propels you forward. We don't notice it, but while part of the motion of walking is lifting and swinging our legs, another part is the way we push forward with the front part of our foot. This shoe basically eliminates that last part. A very clever and effective idea.
Agreed on the New Balance. Maybe you should wear the crocs at the airport, instead of those food collecting shoes you where to get low lifes to carry your bags.Better yet get some luggage with wheels, so you can carry/roll you're own; and I'm the lonely one. You big Kathy Lee Gifford wanna be!! Ciao bella.
Just to enlighten you about women and shoes - it's not really a mystery at all. When young, we can buy cheap shoes that are fashionable and wear them constantly, feeling and looking terribly cool. About the time we start reproducing and chasing toddlers about, we discover that knees, hips and ankles just aren't the joints they use to be and we start seeking shoes that reflect our inner selves yet are comfortable.
That combination comes with no small price tag.
The Europeans, bless their souls (no pun intended), have mastered this mighty hurdle and produced shoes that can walk you through an entire day in the city AND still look cool on date night.
See, no mystery.
Food-collecting shoes? My stilettos. Oh, do stop your swooning. I collect no food and wouldn't from a low-life anyways, but toilet paper impales itself on the heel occasionally. Once I walked the entire length of Dulles with all eyes upon me. Weary travelers glanced, the rich and famous turned their heads, the pols raised their brows. My bosom grew by inches let me tell. Soon a young man bowed at my feet and begged to kiss them. Of course, I let him and waved him away after a few naughty licks about my ankles. It was then I noticed he had a huge wad of toilet paper in his hand. I said, "Why, you rogue! Never slaver over a woman's feet when you have a cold!" Cool. It's happenin'.
I used to be a serious fan of NB walkers. Unfortunately, a couple of years ago they must have changed something in the manufacturing process. The last two pairs I bought (size 14!) had the sole part from the upper, one in a few weeks, and the other a few months down the road. That was enough QA problems for me, and I dumped New Balance. (It may be an issue with size; my wife has had no troubles with hers.)
Fortunately, I found an alternative: Cabela's sells a house brand walker that does the job, is cheaper, and has given me no problems with the last three pairs.
Yeesh! You knuckleheads will spend $100+ for a golf shirt and then put that crap on your feet for serious walking?
Skip the dopey New Balance things. Go here:
Or find a dealer:
Get thee to a Brookery, ASAP, and put a pair of those on your poor hooves. Then go walking.
BTW, I have no financial or other interest, I'm just thinking of your feet, that's all.
Roy Rogers, a talented Bluesman.
I have never seen a 12 string Dobro.
Beloved and I have been sending two pairs (each) of Mephistos in for re-soling for about 10 years now--can't stand to be without them. Although I am looking for a great all around shoe and will take a look at NB. With regard to the wedding in Provence--can I come?
Was sitting at a table outside of a small bistro in the south. A very tweedy husband and wife (70's) were sitting next to us. I looked down at my new black walking Mephistos (had just bought them) and she said to me "oh tres chic". Which sent me to my dictionary for a response to match my grin! Nice to meet folks of a similar mind--even when you don't speak the same language!
Happy Trails by the other Roy Rogers would have been appropriate too.
Barefoot - once you get used to it - is the healthiest way to go.
Wow, I wouldn't have thought so many people would be interested in shoes!
First off, $100 for a golf shirt? You have got to be joking. I would get two pairs of nice work pants, and three nice button-down shirts for that. Brooks looks nice, but not $130 nice.
Shoes are the one area I don't scrimp, which is why I like New Balance. I originally started buying NB about 20 years ago, when they were the only reasonably priced, well-made athletic shoe that came in wide-widths (10-1/2 4E). I still have not found sneakers or athletic shoes that are wide enough for my feet, even if they are labeled "wide", except for New Balance.
I can get a good pair of NB that last me a year (with a few insole replacements) for under $60.
I did run into a problem, though - I recently purchased "running" shoes, versus "walking", and I have had a lot of pain in the ball of my foot.
Has anybody else had that kind of issue with running shoes?
Oh, and you know what they say about guys with big feet... They have big... problems finding shoes that fit.