Let’s get some shoes.

March 29, 2008 at 10:12 am (design/gadget lust)

I’m considering buying new shoes. I’m sure that sounds extremely underwhelming, but it’s sort of a big deal, actually. I have a pair of motorcycle boots that I love and have worn continuously — with the rare exception of airports — for more than two years. A search of my Gmail archives reveals an email sent to Emily on December 26th, 2005, saying they had just come in the mail. So it’s been awhile.

I like my boots for two very important reasons. Firstly, I like them esthetically — that’s why I bought them. Secondly, they’re very sturdy and well-made. Even after about two and a half years of constant use, they’re in great shape and show no signs of wearing out.

Any new shoes I buy must meet these rigorous standards, and another one: they must be as green as possible, and as vegan as possible.

Now, since I love my boots so much, why do I even want new shoes at all? Firstly, I’ve been thinking for a few weeks that I do want new shoes — with a new look — eventually. Secondly, and the reason I want new shoes now: the boots take a few minutes to put on and take off, because there’s a bit of lacing and strapping to be done. This has never really bothered me before, though it can be a little tedious when I’m in a hurry.

Now, though, I’ve got something of a reason to want shoes I can actually slip off. My girlfriend and I just found an apartment we love; we’re moving in this week. It’s a great place within easy walking distance of my school. Also, it has brand new carpeting that the landlady is extremely serious about keeping pristine.* Taking our shoes off when we enter is actually part of the the lease agreement. And it would be a pain in the ass to have to sit down for five minutes in the doorway with those boots every single time I come or go. And I actually do not own any other pair of shoes, so I’d like to get one, so that I’ll at least have a faster option available.

I’m also really picky about how my apparel looks. So it’s a challenging sort of search. There are the Green Toe shoes, by Simple, which pass the ecofriendly test, but not the esthetic test,** and I’m suspicious about how well they’d hold up. Look how dainty those women’s models are!

The same company also has a line of ecosneaks, some of which are okay: 1,2. Those two are both possibilities. Neither has anything on my boots in terms of durability, but they’re cute enough and green enough, and definitely look comfortable and easy to slip on.

The next company on my list is Patagonia, but I can’t say I really feel drawn to any of their women’s casual footwear. Why so much leather, Patagonia?

Green Shoes is another good company, but I don’t think I would ever wear any of those shoes.

Better still is Worn Again, whose shoes are 99% recycled materials. I like this one a lot, but this one better — I wonder if that second one would defeat the whole purpose, though? By being hard to put on.

Okay, that’s enough of that. I’m sure I’ll pick one eventually.

* Lest anyone get the wrong impression, she’s going to be a great landlady, I think. Part of the reason we picked the place is how nice she is.

** Upon a second glance, I actually really like these in the darker color.



  1. Hugo said,

    Check out mooshoes: http://www.mooshoes.com/

  2. Justin said,

    The first worn agains are really neat.

    Did the landlady mention anything about the taking off of shoes? A lot of leases are standard-issue documents with a lot of boilerplate. One lawyer in the area writes the lease, and all sorts of different landlords use the same lease, whether or not they care about the particular provisions, many of which range from unenforced to legally unenforceable. The last place I rented had a variety of bizarre provisions in the lease ranging from taking off shoes upon entering (which was absurd–half the apartment was tile/linoleum, while the carpet was a decade old) to specific instructions about how to clean the place.

    Anyway, I suppose it’s good to be nice to a nice landlady, but the shoe thing may or may not be the sort of thing that matters.

  3. Daisy said,

    Thanks so much for the link, Hugo! Lots of great options there.

    Justin: she did mention it. I’m sure it is basically unenforceable, but the carpet is brand new and a very pale color, so we do want to be extra careful with it. We probably won’t end up adhering to it 100% of the time, but I think it’s a good rule, especially since we’re likely to have fairly large numbers of friends trekking in and out all the time.

  4. Emily said,

    If you haven’t already, you might stop in On Your Feet in the Sanbusco center. I know they carry some of the above-mentioned brands. I got some Simple shoes there a few years ago (those tan tennis shoes) and they’ve held up very nicely. And it would save you shipping.

  5. Daisy said,

    Yeah, I haven’t done so yet, but Jessie mentioned that. I’m definitely going to go and will probably end up getting some there. Good to know they do hold up.

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