So a year ago, when we went to Spain and Portugal we walked, a lot! I took 2 pairs of shoes; a pair of Fitflop flipflops, and a pair of Mephisto sandals. I took these 2 pair because they are comfortable, broken in, and have really good arch support. I am overweight, and have plantar faschitis, a really bad combo for crappy shoes.
When we came back after a month, people kept saying we had lost weight. We really hadn’t noticed. When we went we took minimal clothes, and jetisoned quite a bit of those before we returned.
I did notice a difference in my clothes once we returned, so I know I had lost weight. We both felt better for having walked so much, and vowed to start walking daily. We never did!
Well, we just got back from 34 days in Italy – we walked alot. And again, I took 2 pair of shoes, the same 2 pair. Absolutely no problems, walked hours and hours each day, in fact I did the trails of Cinque Terre in my fitflops.
No problems. Unfortunately, unlike Spain , we did not lose weight. I blame this on the incredibly high fat content, namely olive oil, of the food in Italy. That and the volume of processed food, bread, pasta, … No matter what you have, even a scrambled egg and sliced tomatoes, they pour a healthy amount of olive oil over. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s tasty, but damn!
Well once again, we vowed to start a walking regimen. Took us a week, ok more than a week to get it together but we started.
I started out walking in the Mephistos, I got blisters, then I tried the Fitflops, and again, blisters, I think it’s the humidity here – causes the things to rub differently.
Well today I pulled out the pair of runners/tennies/athletic shoes/????, what do you call them? I think these were actually marketed as walking shoes. Pretty huh?
Well I bought these when we decided to move down here (2006), everyone said buy good walking shoes. I think this is the first time I had them on!
Well, as you can imagine
OKAY, no worries, we were only a block and a half from the house. Back we came and I switched to a pair of Tevas that I bought when we went to France, in 2004. Walked all over France in these babies. I’ve even worn them here a dozen or so times.