Simone Gar wrote:Look into Vibram Fivefingers. I love them. I have close to 10 pairs for sure.
John Weiland wrote:Destiny,
Would the Little Belt Mountains be an old home to the Blackfoot indigenous tribe and are there any from that lineage within your friend or acquaintance set? It may be interesting to get a hold of the type of footwear that was worn by them along with notions of the source of leather, how it was maintained and how often a new pair needed to be produced. I would think this type of shoe would be very close to the soft-sole concept that you are desiring, with a YYYUUUUUGGGGE history of using that shoe in your climate and terrain.
Will also just add this link from another thread that impacts this topic: https://permies.com/t/61611/Running-Joy
Steven Kovacs wrote:I have three pairs of Soft Star shoes. They aren't cheap, but boy do I love them. The first pair I got helped my back dramatically the very first day I wore them, and now I wear them whenever I can. I have the chukkas, which have 12mm soles, but their other shoes have thinner soles for better flexibility and ground feel.
The three downsides I've found with them are 1) the soles can be too slick, especially on ice; 2) they aren't insulated (though apparently you can get liners for them) so they're quite cold in the winter; and 3) since they're leather they can be too warm in the summer. But overall they've been fantastic shoes. The company is also very responsive and the shoes are made in the US.
Our toddler also learned to walk in soft-soled shoes, and they were definitely the next best thing to being barefoot. Finding more soft-soled shoes for her as she grows is proving tricky, unfortunately.
Lindsey Jane wrote:I read this book called Move Your DNA which talks, among other things, about going shoeless (and bedless, and chairless, etc). It was a pretty rad read - helped me see things much differently.
The leather gets kind of "crispy" if it gets wet and muddy too many times. It might do better if I knew how to maintain them better....
Nicole Alderman wrote:FYI, the Soft Star shoes clearance sale is going on now (just started this morning)
Nicole Alderman wrote:Their clearance stuff is really hit and miss. In previous years, I've been able to find multiple shoes for my kids (I buy the next few sizes up). This year, I didn't notice that the sale was on until 45 minutes into it, and there were no moccasin/rambler type shoes in my kid's sizes. I was really bummed! They sold out fast--faster than I've ever seen them sell out--which is understandable. Their prices have gone up a lot in just the last four years. It used to be that a kid's shoe was $35...now they're $55. And, the adult Merry Janes were, I'm pretty sure, $75 a pair, and now they're $90. They're really great shoes, and I'm sure they have their reasons for the higher prices (they just moved to a larger facility, for one, and hopefully everyone is getting paid a great wage), but it is hard when my budget is so tight as it is.
Maybe my sister-in-law and I can figure out how to make some shoes. She's been making slippers for herself and shoes for her daughter, and I just bought the kickstarter for making your own boots/shoes for her for Christmas. Now to find the time...
Judith Browning wrote:yes, make shoes in your 'spare' time
Buster Parks wrote:I took the soles off an old pair of leather shoes and sewed on plain leather soles to get a cheap version. Have been great for a few months although the uppers are pretty worn.
I used the insole? As a pattern and an old speedy stitcher with waxed thread. Now I'm always looking for more stich down type shoes in my size to resole like this.
Alfrun Unndis wrote:I thought I'd post a pic of my handmade shoes. They're a little rough looking but it's my first attempt and wasn't difficult. They're made out of wool felt and rubber soling. I'll make another pair to perfect the pattern, then I'll try leather. I basically used scissors, hand sewing needles and a sewing awl.
I think if you've made something small with your hands you could do this.
I'm looking forward to not spending a fortune for shoes that fit. Meanwhile these will do for getting the mail and collecting eggs.