Cohu’s fascination with minimalist footwear dates back to … *clickety-clackety-google* … 2006! I finally got a pair of Toe Shoes (as they’re known in the Cohu household) last fall. Over the last year, they have served me for everyday wear, as well as long walks in the Berkeley hills. I usually have the (progressively more chunky) little person strapped to me, so it’s definitely in the realm of ‘moderate exercise’, but no running. Still, I can always tell when I’ve been wearing ‘normal’ shoes for one of my longer walks – I get bad heel pain and back pain the next day. Counterintuitively, it’s worse the more padded my shoes are!
So, since they seem to be even less shoe-y and more minimalist than Toe Shoes, I’m up-, or rather, downgrading to Invisible Shoes. These are reminiscent of huaraches worn by the Tarahumara indians, or the bicycle tire sandals used in many parts of the developing world. After receiving my kit from Invisible Shoes, I followed the website instructions and, after maybe 1/2 hour of fiddling with them, have my very own pair of ‘barefoot’ sandals! Bonus: as opposed to the FiveFingers, you can wear them with dresses or skirts without looking like a certified insane person. (You will still look like a tree hugging dirt worshipper, but that’s OK with me). I spare you a picture of my huarache’ed feet. Let’s just say there’s many jobs I would be good at, but foot model is not one of them, especially after my run-in with the aptly named ‘Hand, Foot and Mouth disease’ a few weeks ago. Here’s a Invisible Shoes review that includes a picture so you can imagine what they look like.
Will report back on how they compare to Vibrams.
Berkeley Bumper Stickers. Which reminds me – now that we’re keeping the car for the time being, I can finally invest in some bumper stickers of my own. Suggestions welcome.
Those are the naive questions the ignorant masses ask of Google. Of course, none of these locations is for Cohu – I’m so over Portland! NYC, really? What are you, a 19th century immigrant? Austin – do I look like I own a banjo? And finally, California? Been there, done that. We’re moving to a place that’s so avant-garde that no hipster knows about its mere existence. YES – the midwest. YES – it’s close to what is also known as the “Crown Jewel of The Americas” or the “Venice of the Great Lakes” – Detroit. But, always ahead of the curve, we’re not aiming for something quite so urban. Did you guess it? We’re moving to Ann Arbor! Imagine…
Joking aside, after the last two years it will be hard to get used to anything that’s not Berkeley. This place, with its ridiculously good food, ridiculously liberal inhabitants, and ridiculously mild climate has spoiled us beyond belief – maybe also because we always knew we wouldn’t get to stay here, and thus, wouldn’t have to face the ridiculous home prices (realtor, asking 360 k for a dilapidated, 1 BR crack-shack of a bungalow, I’m looking at you!). Anyways*, we’re going house-hunting next week, and leaving some time in July. A few weeks to say goodbye, and maybe experience one last fig and peach season…and to knit ridiculously warm sweaters for the little person! Read the rest of this entry »