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Won’t You Hurt Your Feet?

I’m up north right now doing quite a bit of maintenance on a 26-year old pier. Some of the pier posts rusted away, and then the winter ice provided the “push” to break them off.

Trying to fix it requires standing in and walking around in a lot of muck, since the pier sticks out 310 feet through a cove (used to be a cedar bog) to hit the lake. There is no sand here.

The next-door neighbor was concerned.

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Sandals. Yucca.

When I was at Mesa Verde and the Aztec Ruins National Monument, I took a look around their museums.

They had displays with sandal artifacts.

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Reel Injun

In Southwest Indians, I noted

Most of us get our impressions of what Native Americans wore from movies and television. But who says that they got it right?

They got a lot more wrong than just footwear.

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Southwestern Indians

Most of us get our impressions of what Native Americans wore from movies and television. But who says that they got it right?

There are various pictures and drawings from the past that can give us a better look.

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Leftovers From Out West

I have some leftover pictures and comments from my trip Out West. They didn’t quite fit into the narrative of my previous “Out West” entries, so I’ll throw them all into this entry.

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Another Shod Lifeguard

Last Tuesday I posted a picture from the Columbus Dispatch of a lifeguard superfluously wearing flip-flops in the lifeguard chair. Right after I posted that, I saw that day’s Dispatch.

And what did I see on their front page story about a lifeguard shortage?

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A Day Without Dignity

I’ve written before about TOMS Shoes, and how their business model of donating shoes if you buy shoes really doesn’t solve anything. TOMS Shoes even sponsors their “Day Without Shoes” to promote it all.

Well, here’s an article that goes even further calling out TOMS Shoes.

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I mentioned before it was a bit frustrating to be getting footsore while I was out west. Even Ward was amazed that I got footsore after all the hiking that I do.

Since getting back, I think I may have a handle on what is going on.

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Adidas Sued Over Their Toe-Shoes

Last Friday Adidas was sued over their adiPURE Trainers, which are toe-shoes (I refuse to call them “barefoot” running shoes). Unlike the suit that Vibram’s filed against Fila for patent infringement, this lawsuit against Adidas is for injuries the Plaintiff received wearing the shoes.

I think those of us in the barefooting community are all pretty much aware that suddenly switching to toe-shoes carries the risk of stress fractures.

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Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow.

One of the other ways I get exercise and try to stay in shape is by inline skating.

So far, I haven’t figured out how to do it barefoot.

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Here’s another entry in my series of pictures from The Columbus Dispatch. This photo appeared in the June 12 issue.

However, this one is ass backwards.

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Via The Primalfoot Alliance comes a pointer to a story from last September in Corpus Christi in which the Health Department initiated an inspection of a restaurant because one of their employees was photographed after having taken her shoes off.

Even the Health Department doesn’t know its own rules.

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Too Too Twain

My trip is winding down. I left Bryce Canyon driving through southeast Utah, which is really desolate. Then it’s into Colorado, through Denver, and across the Plains states.

But I did have one more place I really want to stop.

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The Bryce is Right — Barefoot

After spending the night camped in Red Canyon, I headed over to Bryce Canyon.

They seem to have a shoe fetish there.

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Bridge and Dam

[Late entry today; internet was down at my house.]

After I left Desert View in the Grand Canyon, I headed north and
visited two more units of the National Park System.

Again, neither cared that I was barefooted.

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