Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The angle at which I see the office...from these shoes

This pair of office shoes isn't too shabby, considering I've worn them about 10 years. At least, I thought they still looked OK when I looked down at my feet every day.

A pair of men's black dress shoes on the floor, seen from above.

Recently I began running and my knees demand a little more special attention. For some reason, I picked up my old pair of shoes and viewed them from an angle I'd never seen before. The heels surprised me. The inside of each heel had a sole 1 and 1/4" high. This contrasted with the way the sole had worn down on the outsides. The outside of the left heel was only 5/8" high, and the outside of the right heel was only 3/8" high. My feet must roll out to the side when I walk.

A pair of men's black dress shoes held on a person's lap, viewing the back of the heels.


  • Walk in a pair of shoes for ten years.
  • Change the pace at which I walk.
  • Go barefoot for a moment.
  • Look at the shoes from a new angle.
  • My right leg carries more weight than my left leg. I already knew this. But did I ever think about how it affects my shoes, and how my shoes might affect my knees?
  • I probably stand a little shorter when my feet roll outward and stand taller again when my feet roll inward.
  • Take care of my knees. Buy new shoes.
  • Check the tread on my car tires, while I'm at it.

1 comment:

  1. Haha! I think my dad has shoes this old, but he buys Allen Edmonds and gets the soles and heels replaced locally, maybe you can do that if you want a knees-sustainable 10-year dress shoe. :) Mathew loves Rockports though, if you want a more comfortable dress shoe.


In case you missed it

Have you seen inside the book 'To Climates Unknown'?

The alternate history novel To Climates Unknown by Arturo Serrano was released on November 25, the 400th anniversary of the mythical First ...