For the entire month of June I’m planning on writing a series of blog-a-day posts based on a set series of open-ended questions to myself. This is one of those posts.
June 1st // Something You Have Decided
Of course, I would have started with something difficult, wouldn’t I?
Decision is such a specific word, yet it can encompass all manner of things. For example, I decided to have cereal for breakfast this morning because it was easier than getting out the toaster. Or, I decided to stop at the bank earlier because I was out of cash and figured I was going to want lunch later in the day and all the really good food is sold by people who can’t be bothered with debit card transactions for some reason. I could also note that I’ve decided to start blogging again — something I’ve already written profusely upon — and it being the first of June today I am obviously closing in on a whole month since making that decision. But something tells me, having pieced together these questions quite recently, that these types of decisions are either too simple or too meta for this particular project.
Instead, I’ll explain about the walk I went on yesterday with the dog.
It was not a particularly interesting walk other than three simple confluences of reality: (1) my ankle issues that I supposed were caused by running seem to have more of a cause-effect relationship with the orthotic nature of my everyday shoes, (2) the sandals I wore walking were aggravating said ankle, and (3) the City had just swept the asphalt trail around the perimeter of the park that the dog and I generally use for walking so they were nice and clean, free of almost all debris. So, sore ankle and clean sidewalks underfoot, I pulled off the sandals and proceeded to walk most of the kilometer loop around the park barefoot. The ankle felt great, though the soles of my feet were slightly grey at the end.
So, what have I decided from this adventure? Well, obviously, new shoes are in order. And I have decided that perhaps I’d like to buy-and-try a pair of those barefoot shoes that have been all the rage for the last couple years. What? You haven’t heard of barefoot shoes? One company, Vibram, that manufactures is described by Wikipedia along the lines of “…footwear [that] has thin, flexible soles that are contoured to the shape of the human foot, including visible individual sections for the toes. Vibram FiveFingers are meant to replicate being barefoot and allow for the natural biomechanics of the foot to work.” Though, whether any of that is scientifically proven aside, my own recent experiments in personal orthotic choices leads me to think I might benefit from some barefoot-ish walking. Thus, I’ve decided to hunt out a pair of these shoes and see how they fit my lifestyle for the summer.
And that’s that.