Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Shoes

My running shoes are past their prime.  Not that I run, but I do an exercise walk and running shoes are what I find most comfortable for that.

In the spirit of full disclosure--or perhaps of TMI--I have been known to walk five miles in flip-flop sandals.  I know that is wrong.  Time to treat myself better.

Anyway, I need new running/walking shoes so I went online to do some research.  Isn't technology so so grand?

I learned something to pass along.  It is from Fleet Feet and is really about socks:

  • At rest, the average foot releases 1 cup of sweat each day.
  • On a 5 mile run, your feet produce enough sweat to fill an 8 ounce glass.
  • 55% of foot perspiration evaporates through the shoes upper. The other 45% is absorbed in the sock and footbed of your shoe!
  • Two trillion bacteria live on your feet (that’s 12% of all bacteria on the human body).

Yeah, talk about Too Much Information!

I did get new running shoes.  They are Asics gel nimbus and they were more expensive than I would normally buy, but WOW! are they ever comfortable.

I braved the threatening sky and went for my walk.

Having read this on Barb's Live and Learn--temperatures dipping near freezing--I adjusted my angst over signs of the approaching fall.

roadside flowers

Amazing what new shoes and a little perspective can do for a body and soul.


  1. Alas, I would like to have a new body to put in my old shoes. Interesting factoids on the foot.

    Hope your walk was good.

  2. Well, thanks for the link, Olga - I'm glad that you feel sorrier for me than for yourself! I expect you to float-walk on those gels. My feet certainly don't sweat that much - do they?

  3. I guess that info about sweat does not apply to my feet, because I go barefoot most of the time. When outside, I wear flip flops.

  4. Spiffy new shoes!! I found the article interesting, not TMI! Enjoy your walk.

  5. Great info and I am going to check out those shoes. I bought a pair of Sketchers with the Memory foam inserts and loved them in the beginning but because very unhappy with them. That foot sweat you mentioned all gets absorbed by the memory foam and they got all bunched up and uncomfortable very quickly.

  6. New shoes do have a direct effect on our attitudes. Especially if they are comfortable. Who knew feet were so sweaty. What happens when people wear leather shoes? Where does that cup of goo all go?

  7. Not sure I am ready for fall yet ... maybe I need to buy some new shoes for a new perspective. lol

  8. I had no idea that feet sweat that much. A cup of sweat...ewww!

    The older I get the more important comfortable shoes are to me. No flip flops except for putzing around the house, and my heels for work are now less than 2 inches.

    Enjoy your walks in you new shoes!

  9. They look nice. But for me, shoes don't begin to get comfortable until I've worn them for at least six months.

  10. Olga, it is so important to have a good understanding!!!

  11. The podiatrists here in Hawaii are always warning us not to walk around too much in flip flops (we call it slippers). Seriously? 1 cup of sweat from my feet? No wonder I'm thirsty. I do walk around quite a bit with my FitFlops which I love. But for more serious walking (more than 2 blocks) I use gym shoes. I love Asics! I agree that they are very comfortable!


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