October 21, 2004

Costs an arm and a leg, but doesn't cost any hooves.

I saved myself five cents on my evening commute yesterday by walking to the 16th Street BART station instead of 24th. Then I spent $150 on a pair of vegan Para Boots. They're hurting my feet like hell right now because they're new, but at least they didn't hurt any cows. I'm missing some skin on my right heel where I got a blister walking to work, but the cows have all their skin right where it belongs.

Don't mind my complaining. My feet are happy; they never did quite get the hang of walking in normal shoes. I fall out of my sneakers all the time because I try to stomp over holes in the sidewalk and don't expect my ankles to actually bend. Now I couldn't bend them if I tried. Hello, atrophy, goodbye, sprains? It's a good trade-off.

Posted by dianna at October 21, 2004 11:07 AM

i could get so many pairs of sugar shoes for that amount of money. wow.

Posted by: michele at October 21, 2004 12:09 PM

Yeah, but these are comfortable (well, okay, after breaking in), vegan, hot, stompy (see also hot), waterproof, durable, hot, and hot. It's easy to find shoes that are a few of those things, but hard to find shoes that are all of them. It's worth it.

Posted by: Dianna at October 21, 2004 01:12 PM

Oooh, actually, they cost almost exactly 20 times what I paid for my last pair of shoes. Those were $7.50 at Payless, comfy, vegan, not really all that hot, and already falling apart.

Posted by: Dianna at October 21, 2004 01:13 PM

michele, how many sugar cubes died to make your shoes?

Posted by: didofoot at October 22, 2004 08:15 AM


Posted by: michele at October 22, 2004 08:59 AM

But such a sweet sacrifice it was.... ZING!

Posted by: Dianna at October 22, 2004 09:18 AM

also, i really liked the text on the boot-info webpage: "It is too in the airseal range, therefore providing that everlasting quality." very poetic. hopefully "that everlasting quality" doesn't refer to bloody pain.

Posted by: katie at October 22, 2004 05:58 PM

It sounds a little defensive, actually.

"Hey, your shoe isn't in the airseal range."
"It is too in the airseal range! Mommmmmmm!"

Thus far the everlasting quality does not refer to bloody pain at all. I'd describe them as slipper-like, except that slippers don't generally weigh 2.5 pounds each (note: not actually hyperbole) or have inch-thick soles. Other than that, though, they're very soft and comfy. Today involved normal socks, a bare minimum of athletic tape on feet, four miles of walking and no blisters. Ahhhhh.

Posted by: Dianna at October 22, 2004 06:36 PM

Can anyone help me out here? I'm trying to decide what to serve as a side dish to complement curried vegan boots.

Posted by: danny at October 23, 2004 07:52 PM

Quarter-pounder hot dogs.

Posted by: Dianna at October 23, 2004 09:58 PM