When I was a kid, my big flat feet and I learned to love boat shoes and Converse All-Stars, made in only a couple of towns over from me in Massachusetts. I’d get new tennies at Marshalls — there were only two in those days — and then baptize them in the ocean.
I have stayed with those choices. I have been wearing the shoes I bought years ago, using things up.
But my mother encouraged me to buy something, so I got a pair of Keen sandals on clearance for $7.
The rubber post between my toes I don’t like so much, but they have athletic style cushoining hidden in the rubber sole.
My knees like that cushion. I guess they are just too old to walk the world without a bit of help, doing all the shock absorbing on their own.