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Video: My seven-year-old son is not keen on learning to tie his shoes. He doesn’t have any problems with dexterity, he just gets easily frustrated doing things he isn’t already good at (which is a lot of things when you’re seven). So I’ve been coaxing him to practise with me, patiently waiting for him to come around — and continuing to buy Velcro-close joggers.


On my list of Things to Teach My Five-Year-Old, I’ll admit that tying shoelaces is a pretty low priority. I mean, God created Velcro for a reason, right? But I suppose it’s an important life skill, one that will open up a whole new realm of footwear options. OK, OK, I’ll get on it.


I’m a huge fan of taking walking tours when I travel. Walking tours are a great way to see a city, and if you opt for a food tour you get to sample some of the local cuisine, take in the sights, and get a little exercise in the process. It’s a great combo. That is unless you decided to wear the wrong shoes.


Most of us learned how to tie our shoes a certain way using both of our hands. A story about a bunny that goes into a hole or something? Whatever. You don't need two hands to tell that tale. Here's how Team USA Paralympic athlete Megan Absten gets her shoes on before a big race, using just one hand.


Barefoot running is like skinny-dipping: Something that's already pretty fun becomes exhilarating and memorable when you're more deeply connected to the environment and your body. You can't help feeling the nuances of the water temperature and noticing your skin when sans swimsuit, and running without shoes forces you to pay attention to the world around you -- and listen to your feet.


This weekend, Nike set up an event where they declared three athletes would run the world's fastest marathon. They were amazing athletes, to be sure, but the real news was how Nike controlled every possible condition to give the runners just the tiniest of speed boosts. And some of these are things you can do yourself.


Picture the scene: you're enjoying a seaside stroll in some airy rubber thongs when one of the Y-shaped straps suddenly snaps. You're now forced to hobble around with bare feet on scolding hot pavement. Tch, eh?

The next time you suffer this summer indignation, impress your friends with this DIY repair. All you need is a nut and a washer.


Thongs in the rain solve a very specific problem: water invading your boots and taking up residence there. Once your stuff gets wet, it does not dry out, at least not on any prompt timeline. I've spent many futile afternoons with my shoes waterlogged and my otherwise protected feet soaking in a dumb swamp prison. You might have also inadvertently owned yourself in the same way.


I have a favourite model of running shoe. I buy it whenever it's on sale, and no matter what is on the shelves, I won't even think of trying on anything else. But the shoe that's right for me isn't the shoe that's right for everyone. Here's what my quest looked like -- and what you need to know to find yours, too.