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Testing this barefoot walking thing… in some cute trainers

In order to strengthen our feet, my husband and I decided to explore the world of trainers without offset and much cushion. The theory being that shoes which allow a more natural movement of your feet, make them stronger. Feet should function as they “were designed to” (back from when people were running around barefoot I guess). So, I dove into unknown-origin-online-shopping, with only my feet in mind.

I decided on a pair of Nike Free 1.0 Cross Bionic Trainers. These trainers have a low profile and Nike promises they’ll give me a virtually barefoot feel, enhanced stability and a more natural stance. They arrived a few days after the “click to purchase”; fit perfectly, super soft, light and cute. Where are they made? Vietnam.

Vietnam. Per definition that is not a felony of the challenge (phew!) but still a polluting import from the east.

BUT, I am excited to try this trend and theory out, to see if my feet really do get stronger. After my first few test-walks (they say you should wear them for a few months before attempting to run, and gradually increase the time and distance you walk in them to not overstrain your feet) I must the say the ball of my foot feels a little tingly, almost like when I’m walking in heels. In this case, some kind of soft, flexible, super comfy heels. That must be my muscles getting a workout, right? Knee muscles and calves actually tense up a bit too.nike

A while back a friend and I were actually discussing footwear vs. the not made in China challenge. His point of view; if you have already found the perfect running shoes, for your feet, should you really compromise that perfect fit for the challenge?

That’s a good question, and I honestly don’t have the answer. Maybe not. What could be more important than our bodies’ wellbeing? And keeping our feet healthy is a big part of that, I think. In order to maintain the energy to work on changing the world, we need good shoes and strong feet. We do have a long way to go (walk) and lots of work to do in our quest for sustainable living. I hope my Nike imports can play a part in it!

While you fight for flats, I’ll take a bracelet

I finally faced my fears and headed to the premium outlets. “Fall fashion here I come” type deal.

Tory Burch, has moved a bit further up my list of places I like. It is, for sure, one of the busiest places in the outlet, one needs to battle a few fashionistas, in a so called “fight for flats” but it’s normally worth it. A few months ago I did get a pair of the famous Tory Burch flats (Brazilian made) and had to skip on a matching Chinese bracelet, but as of this Saturday, I am the proud owner of an even cuter bracelet, made right here. Wow, so excited. Brown leather, double wrap with gold emblems.

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Made in USA heaven, also known as New Balance, didn’t let me down either. Pink sneakers for me, yes please, the deal; 32 bucks! And who knew, even the paper bags are made in USA.

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I did have to compromise on quite a few fine-knit sweaters (my favorite thing). Banana had a grey one with a red Vespa, Nautica had stripes and anchors, J-crew had some cardigans I really liked. But I passed. I did splurge on an imported sweater from Tommy H. Sure, I don’t like spending lots of cash on imports from the east but a girl’s gotta wear something. That something might as well be a soft, off white popover with faux-leather details from Philippines. Perfect for cold days in the office.

Despite all this success for me, my husband (also an active member of the not made in China challenge) still managed to come home with more shoes and tops than I! How does he do it?!

Too young for comfort (-able shoes)

Last week I was excited to hear about SAS shoes for the first time. Apparently all made in Texas(!) and super comfortable. I was told they are ugly, but I was still hopeful after reading about their manufacturing and quality, and some of the sandals looked ok online. I made my husband come with me and we gave the store a try. I don’t want to offend anyone but I am probably 50 years too young to wear SAS. Why do comfortable shoes always have to be for older people with wide feet? And I sooo wanted to like them, and be wearing 100% USA-made shoes. Sob sob.

New try. New balance dot com. And yes. I may have spent more than a few minutes trying to design my own custom, perfect sneaker online (this may or may not have happened during work hours). Pink with purple, or all orange, because I like orange, or maybe black?

70% of the value of the sneakers, they say, are made here upon order, so they have the right to label it made in USA. It’s pretty cool too, how they are the only big-brand sneaker maker that produces some (1 of 4 pairs) of their products here still.

Press purchase and 6-8 days later, colorful, one of a kind sneakers at my door with a much coveted tag. This is more my type of SAS – stylish adorable sporty.

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