Thursday, July 21, 2011

just when I thought footwear couldn't get any uglier...

... what's worse than Crocs? These things.



From their site, a man describes his experience trekking through Europe wearing these things. "I saw and felt Europe in a whole new way. I noticed manhole and utility covers I had not noticed in any prior trip. Starting in the Tate Modern Museum in London I appreciated the symmetry and design of European urinals. I felt the varied surfaces I walked on in a new way. Walking on cobblestones had never been such a sensory experience."

I don't know about you but I have no, zero, zilch desire to have more sensory experiences with the cobblestones in Italy. If anything I needed a shoe with a 5 inch tire tread. I damn near broke my ankle over there. Nor do I have this pretentious need to experience European public restrooms through my feet.

I found his statement so profoundly odd that I googled the urinals of Tate. Did he mean that he saw the exhibit of urinals at the museum or did they have some super jazzed urinals for public use at Tate. Either way, the experience sounds awful and I'm not entirely sure how the hell these fugly shoes could "heighten his sensory awareness".

All I gathered from his description is that these shoes offer zero support and protection. Who wants to walk around feeling every rock and cobble poking the bottom of your foot? Pretentious people will buy anything I suppose, even ugly useless shoes.

26 comments:

Josephus Flavius said...

I love mine. Wear them everywhere besides church.

Ingemar said...

I saw shoes like that two years ago.

And dude? Way to reinvent walking barefoot.

Jackie said...

I never liked the feeling of toe socks and I imagine these shoes no different .

Seeker said...

Great for working out! Try it sometime. We were never suppose to wear shoes anyway! Bare running is the way to go!

Old Bob said...

Dear Kat, I'm on your side on the shoe controversy. I want my feet protected!
On another note, I want to tell you how much I like your holy cards, but couldn't find a comment button. Your style reminds me of early or high medieval manuscript illustrations, especially the way you stylize human bodies and faces. Keep it up, do, please! And thanks!

Steven John Bosco said...

One of my fellow seminarians has a pair, and he really likes them. They're different, for sure, but I wouldn't call that bad. If you don't want to be able to feel what you're walking on (as you say) it probably isn't the best for you.

The Crescat said...

Joseph... everywhere?

What the hell for... unless you are running, kayaking and trekking through European urinals every day.

I saw a man wearing them at work with his business suit. I hope it wasn't you. :-P

The Crescat said...

Steven, if I wanted to feel everything I walked on I would just be a discalced Carmelite and go barefoot everywhere and save my $100.

NBW said...

Dear Kat, I know these thing are ugly, BUT they have been a lifesaver for me. I have a lot of problems with my feet and legs and wearing these alleviates a lot of those problems. God made us to walk in bare feet; this is about as close we can get without pulling chards of glass out of our bare feet!

Josephus Flavius said...

Because my wife says I must wear shoes when not at home, but I don't like wearing shoes. :) It will not be a cassock-footwear combo though.

Kim said...

Well besides looking like ape feet, I've heard that these beauties stink like hell after regular use. There are entire message boards devoted to the topic of how to banish the revolting stank.

But, other than that.. they seem lovely!

Piotrek said...

Vibram's are for running, not looking at. It's made with the assumption that God knew what He was doing when he designed our feet.

Terry Nelson said...

Monkey feet - I like them in colors.

Oh! Once while I was in my car at the car wash (love that song!) and the clear coat was being applied - it made my windshield look like the inside of an Easter egg - all those colors spattered all over...

The Crescat said...

are you drunk again, Terry?

Piotrek said...

Terry,
Thanks for sharing. I need to get the groovy car wash. It's been a while.

Maryjohn said...

God made my flat feet?

I'm surprised someone hasn't come up with a perfume called 'Pretentious".

Piotrek said...

Maryjohn,
Nah. He didn't make them, He just allowed them to happen.

Wayne Wang said...

Really all the padding in shoes aren't good for you.
Even nike can't say that their shoes are good for you. Except the ones that are meant to be barefoot like.

Gail F said...

I used to do historic reenactment and would sometimes wear wooden shoes -- the kind imported from Holland. They are GREAT. You can't feel a thing with those suckers on! Cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It's like taking a floor with you wherever you go -- muddy fields, gravel roads, whatever. Nothing ever bothers your feet. And they never wear out! I highly recommend them.

Anonymous said...

You can also find more normal looking (without an individual section for each toe)shoes with the Vibram soles. Merrell has several. They really are insanely comfortable and help a great deal if you have ankle or foot problems. You can feel what you're walking on without what you're walking on hurting you. I think they help with balance as well. And you can throw them in the wash.

Clark Whitney said...

Why do people hate these shoes so much? They look like they would be really comfortable, especially for the toes. Spreading the toes apart and giving them movement, having a shoe formed to your foot, rather than cramming your toes into a shoe. I secretly want a pair (for pure comfort) but I guess I'm too pretentious to be seen wearing them on the street or subway. Shhhh...

The Crescat said...

Clark, sandals give the toe movement. If it makes you feel better, I think iPhones are pretentious and elbow patches on corduroy jackets. And Ironic mustaches.

This blog is pretentious. What can you do?

urinal guy said...

I think they look ridiculous but then again that's what everyone said about my crocks when I got some when they first appeared; now no one gives them a second glance. I have to say though, his justification for wearing them to feel the European urinals is just beyond belief.

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The Crescat said...

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