Soul Shoes and Sunshine
When I was in high school, we did a production of the musical, Oklahoma. There's a song in that musical that sums up today--especially this morning when I left the gym and the sun was shining and there was no wind and I just wanted to frolic down the street (I didn't)-- but I DID spontaneously burst into song.
"Oh what a beautiful MORNING, Oh what a beautiful DAYYY, I've got a beautiful FEELING everything's going my wayyy!"
That was my happy moment, particularly as it came on the heels of teaching at the gym, which is something I don't do regularly anymore but realized I missed. Plus, endorphins. And my soul shoes.
MY SOUL SHOES!
I need to mention these.
A couple of Saturday's ago, I went shoe shopping. I've been in desperate need of new athletic/gym/multipurpose shoes for a matter of years, but I haven't been able to find that right combination of cushion and support and grip (for lateral movement) that I need for classes such as: Attack, Combat, Step. High Intensity Interval Training sorts of things. Every pair of shoes I've tried has failed miserably. I almost lucked out with some Reebok's last month, but the bottom of the shoe had no grip, and when I did a lateral "skater" move I thought I was going to dislocate a hip. Back to the store they went.
But THESE shoes. These were wacky. They're not my normal shoe. In fact, the employee-slash-angel who helped me only suggested them at the last second after discussing all the other options. Why? I think it's because it takes a special kind of person to love these shoes.
The way that it was explained to me is that it was designed on similar principles as those separate-the-toe shoes, which were ugly and strange and reminded me of frogs. I never fell prey to those, but Altra shoes also accommodate the foot in its natural position. Thanks to a flexible "toebox," they don't constrict the toes and upper foot. Also, most tennis shoes have an elevated heel (which I didn't realize); these don't. They have EXCELLENT grip on the bottom, and I swear there must be memory foam inside my shoe--my feet are dancing on clouds when I'm in those shoes.
In fact, I remember the first time I switched from Altra's to my everyday black boots (for work): it was painful. The Switch. I felt like every problem I've ever had was due to these horrible shoes I subject myself to every day, and I hadn't even known they were a problem because the comparison of cloud pillows on my feet had never existed.
In one day, I was sold on these shoes, and I continue to love them more and more every time I wear them.
You've heard of spirit animals-- the animal form your spirit would take? Well, these are my spirit shoes. Altra Escalante.