Re: Sweaty feet and the shoes that contain them

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Whaa? Really, what is that all about?


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 6:38 PM
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I think that the theory is that people like the socks with heels look, but worry about slipping around and falling down as so many runway models have so famously done. These are all pretty heinous attempts at a fix, though.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 6:39 PM
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Do people also like the "feet in a bag" look? Because that's my takeaway from at least two of those.


Posted by: emdash | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 6:43 PM
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But... how do you wash the socks if they're attached?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 6:43 PM
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These are all pretty heinous attempts at a fix, though.

To say the least! You know, I think some women can pull off the sock with heels look, but those women tend to be young, beautiful, stylish and tall. For most women, it's a risky fashion move.


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 6:47 PM
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The Marc Jacobs shoes (link in "this") are flats, even.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 6:56 PM
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I think you have to wear tights inside the socks. Or something.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 6:58 PM
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Huh. I have so lost my edge that I wasn't even aware that wearing socks with heels was a thing that caused many fashion models to fall on the runway. It's because besocked feet aren't sweaty enough to stick to the interior of the shoe, I take it.

The answer: sock dickies! I'm thinking they'd go down just under the heel ... you'd have to kind of tuck the sock dickie into the toe part of the shoe. Then you'd have bunching up, I think.

It may not work, then. How about socks with skid-proof soles, not unlike the things one's given in the hospital?


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 7:01 PM
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Basically, parsimon is describing spats for open shoes, no?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 7:06 PM
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Roughly, but they're dickies insofar as they fit inside the shoe. A solution to the bunching-up problem at the toe: little toe-bands. You don this sock dickie by putting the toe band over your big toe (possibly there should be a little-toe band as well, one on each side of the foot), and pulling it up so that the heel portion remains, obviously, just over your heel, then up the ankle.

It's beginning to sound like one of those one-piece elasticized ankle braces.

The goal, in any event, is to leave the sole of the foot bare. Does that solve the falling-down problem?


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 7:16 PM
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Do people also like the "feet in a bag" look?

Those two are definitely the ones I find most baffling. A crown royal bag sewn to your shoes?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 7:22 PM
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The answer: sock dickies!

This is an amusing counter to the teeny sock thingies that are meant to be worn down inside your shoes and leave the impression one isn't wearing shoes at all.

I do have some self-made ones (just the chopped off toes of some old socks) for when I'm wearing pumps with bare legs, to keep the shoes from rubbing on the tops of my toes. I also have these ingenious ones I bought in Germany that I wear when I want the oxford shoes with no socks look. They come only up over my instep in the front. The heel is cut very low, and has grippy plastic inside to keep it from riding down under my foot.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 7:33 PM
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My swim suit has underwear sewn in. This is pretty much the same thing, but for feet.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 7:39 PM
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I've always thought your leather swimsuit was weird, though.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 7:43 PM
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Cattle swim. Why can't I swim in leather?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 7:44 PM
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12: Yeah, it surprises me that no one might have invented things that would allow for wearing partial socks with high heels, if that is desired, in order to avoid the falling down problem. I have no idea why you'd need the sock-plus-flats thing; I used to wear socks with flats back in the 80s, and I didn't have a problem with slippage.

Pretend that was written with more grammatical grace.

Do people also like the "feet in a bag" look?

Baggy-ankled boots were a thing back in the ... again, 80s, I think. So maybe it's just a retro moment.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 7:46 PM
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16: You can only do it vacariously.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 7:47 PM
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Baggy-ankled boots were a thing back in the ... again, 80s,

The baggy-ankled slouchy boot revival is alive and omnipresent, though. I'm not sure crown royal sacks attached to high heeled pumps is evoking much of an 80s memory.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 7:51 PM
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We certain never had Crown Royal in the 80s. For one thing, if we'd have tried, our buyer would have given us Jim Beam and pocketed the difference.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 7:54 PM
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I'm pretty sure you're still talking about the underwear of your bathing suit.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 7:58 PM
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21: Because you needed to be 21 before you could buy swimsuits.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 8:10 PM
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18 made me laugh out loud.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 8:31 PM
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Whereas, 18 made me groan.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 8:34 PM
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There's a thin line.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 8:45 PM
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18 would have made me laugh, except I somehow didn't get it until I re-read after 23-5.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 8:46 PM
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25: Indeed. And Stormcrow generally makes me laugh every single time, so I'm going with me having read, written, and spoken about Cabeza de Vaca so much that the punniness of vaca has kind of been killed for me.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 8:49 PM
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I had to keep myself saying "eh, isn't it kind of a cow town?" any time anybody ever mentioned Vacaville when I lived in the SFBA.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 8:53 PM
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er keep myself from saying.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 8:53 PM
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Gosh. I feel confident that the fancy for crown royal sacks in, or on, a shoe is a passing fad, similar to the ones for platform flip-flops*, super pointy-toed shoes**, and Dr. Scholl's wooden-soled sandals.***

* Did not partake.
** Partook, briefly. Shoes fell apart within a year.
*** Partook, but that was practically before some of you were born.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 8:55 PM
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Partook, but that was practically before some of you were born.

I believe these have had several more "in" periods since then.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 9:02 PM
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Have they? I haven't noticed anyone wearing them! I wasn't even sure I was remembering the name "Dr. Scholl's" correctly -- y'know, those wooden-soled sandals with the shaped sole that was supposed to mold the contour of your foot and provide for healthful walking. I now associate "Dr. Scholl's" with anti-stink/anti-shock pads for insertion into a shoe. And I thought: poor Dr. Scholl, he's come down in the world.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 9:10 PM
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Yeah, there was definitely another round of them sometime in the past several years. I don't think ever as big as the initial one, since the retro look hasn't worn off the way it would have if they had gotten bigger this time around.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 9:13 PM
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Those shoes were noisy buggers to wear, in any case. Flap flap flap flap flap.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 9:41 PM
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Somebody shut the window before parsimon flies out again.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 9:43 PM
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y'know, those wooden-soled sandals with the shaped sole that was supposed to mold the contour of your foot and provide for healthful walking.

My mother had a pair of those, as recommended by a hippie neighbour, and I always thought they looked a little bit uncomfortable. Also, I got Dr. Scholls confused with Dr. Spock, at least for a while.

Does anyone (Blume, perhaps?) know of a European brand of footwear (French? German?) that has a little green frog logo? Seriously cute shoes.


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 9:49 PM
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Would it be too soon to joke the Blume isn't allowed shoes?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-12-10 9:53 PM
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in the early 90s I had a pair of boots like this, in that there was a high-heeled black shoe totally covered (minus the heel) in black spandex, which then rose to thigh height, and worked best when secured with a garter belt. only for clubbing, obvs.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 12:04 AM
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I don't usually notice shoes, but have been seeing these now and again lately.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 3:02 AM
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I saw someone in Oxford wearing them yesterday! I really want some, and have done since Ogged was here.


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 4:15 AM
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I saw someone running in the park in a pair [when I was doing my pratty looking 'speed walking']. A fairly big 'military fitness' looking type, too.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 4:29 AM
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A guy I work with has the black ones, and is also one of the tallest people I know in person, with correspondingly large feet. The black Vibrams have a distinctly Bigfoot look about them, especially if you only see them out of the corner of your eye because you're trying not to stare.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 5:10 AM
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I want those too, but I don't run enough to justify a new pair of shoes. If I start running regularly after biking season ends, I might get them.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 5:27 AM
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My brother wears those five finger shoes everywhere. He loves them.

Related to running: I took an ice bath yesterday. It was fabulous.


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 5:49 AM
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Terraplana (http://www.terraplana.com/) have their Autumn/Winter range out now, though the website still shows the summer range mixed in there. Their running shoe is a bit cheaper than the Vibram FFs in the UK, but less rad looking. I want to get something to burn up the park with, but for various reasons (duck-like feet mean I probably won't fit the VFFs; the TP Evo doesn't look like it will handle winter's mud well; both shoes are rather pricey) mean I'll probably end up with a more conventional shoe.


Posted by: W. Breeze | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 6:11 AM
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Gah, I physically recoil at the sight of them.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 6:17 AM
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One of my students' FB statuses:

"Communism was just a red herring." What does that even mean? Communism was just a red fish?

It just amused me. It's not that crazy that you could get to college without knowing what a red herring is, I just thought she was going somewhere else with it.

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Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:00 AM
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38: I had those! Purchased at Chicago's I. Magnin right before it went bankrupt and became a Nordstrom.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:04 AM
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46 gets it right.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:06 AM
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47: Are you going to help her out, heebs?


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:08 AM
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47: The fall of communism came when it was pickled and consumed with akvavit.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:11 AM
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Someone already gave her a quick history of the phrase "red herring". Then they started talking about the movie Clue, from which apparently it's a quote.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:12 AM
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The fall of communism corresponded with the rise in mall sushi. Coincidence?


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:16 AM
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Heebie's students know the movie Clue?!


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:19 AM
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54: You think they don't know the classics?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:26 AM
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Also, I don't mind making the office coffee in the morning, and I don't mind if the sink is left full of nasty dishes full of stagnant water over the weekend, but I totally resent it when these happen simultaneously.

Actually, I do not like the sink in the ktichenette to be left full of nasty dishes full of stagnant water, whether or not I'm trying to clean the coffee pot. But they're always left by the person who would otherwise make the coffee, so I doubly resent it when I'm making the coffee.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:28 AM
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1. Use the stagnant water to make coffee.
2. Get your coffee somewhere else.
3. Only have single-layer resentments and multiple-layer cakes.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:33 AM
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56:

http://www.27bslash6.com/cups.html


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:35 AM
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I like the office coffee when I'm pregnant, though, because it's so weak that it's gentle on my tummy.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:38 AM
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Then just make coffee, without cleaning anything.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:44 AM
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At my first post-college job, the senior editors all decided they were too grand to deal with the (gross, industrial) coffee maker or any dishes in the sink, so all the underlings (copy editors, proof readers, assistants of various sorts, and secretaries) were put on a *schedule* to deal with the coffee and the dishes. The generation gap, however, between the two groups meant that the young folks never, ever touched the office coffee and resented the cleaning assignments. The whole thing devolved into an office conflagration more boring and stupid than you'd guess.

If I had found $5, I would have bought an extra cup of coffee.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:45 AM
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I'd still rinse the coffee pot, but just dump that water in with the stagnant water already in the sink.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:46 AM
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56: Solution and bizarre social study.


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:46 AM
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That's a link. I'm a link ninja.


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:47 AM
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That's a link, I say!


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:48 AM
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And better one to the same paper.


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:50 AM
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I'll go away now.


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:51 AM
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They cost 3x as much as new balance, and one of their shoes is apparently named Wittgenstein. Without specifying early or late. Pass.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:51 AM
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For obvious reasons Terra Plana have discontinued the Wittgenstein. They do have a Barack.


Posted by: W. Breeze | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 7:57 AM
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I wear New Balance because they sell sneakers in formulations that fit my mouse feet (narrow, flat). Also, they treat their employees pretty well and have kept way more of their business in the States (NH, I think?) than other companies.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 8:02 AM
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I like my exercise shoes to be made in sweatshops. I hate to exercise and it makes me feel better if I know I'm not the only person annoyed by my running shoes.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 8:13 AM
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OK, one other thing-- suspenders for baggy cuffs.
http://www.terraplana.com/trip-clip-p-742.html?colour=209

Next: suspenders for pants worn below the knee.
This weekend I saw a kid with the droopy pants. His girlfriend had him in a headlock.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 8:15 AM
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70: one in Brighton, MA, and per their web site, one more in Massachusetts and a few in Maine.

I like those shoes and wish I could wear them, but my feet are just too normal (well, normally pronated, anyhow) for their running shoes.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 8:17 AM
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70, 73 -- Nice looking building in Lawrence, not far from the Polartec plant.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 8:21 AM
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I bought a pair of new 'running'* shoes recently -- trail running shoes with gnarly grips, for walking -- but they are boringly conventional looking [and black].

I do think the big-foot Vibram shoes are pretty silly looking, to be honest, although the concept is interesting.

* in which I'll probably never run a step.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 8:24 AM
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The objects in the OP, I would describe as the inverse of the hat with wig attached. And who wears them?


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 09-13-10 4:35 PM
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