I went through high school listening to Phish and The Grateful Dead, living in my Navy Blue Birkenstocks. They are truly the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. For some reason, I mysteriously never photograph myself wearing them, and they also disappear in college.
As my musical tastes shift, they become a part of me I had to hide – NOT COOL in the hip hop/riot grrrl circles. But once I graduate, I don’t care what other people think anymore, and I want them back. BUT THEY ARE GONE. I don’t know if they are stolen, or if my mom throws them out, but I know I would never part with them voluntarily.
I remember scrimping/saving my lunch money/allowance to buy them myself. Birks weren’t cheap then, and they aren’t now. I’ve gone through several pairs as an adult (even one that was free) and have never been able to stand the pain long enough to break them in. I wonder if it is all a hallucination. Do I have a lower pain threshold in my feet? Did I just imagine they were comfortable? Did I have tougher feet as a kid? I don’t trust all the fashion bloggers wearing them, because let’s face it – fashion bloggers also voluntarily wear high heels, and I do not.
Well, the time finally came where I actually NEED to find the most comfortable pair of sandals again. And I decide to take the chance and commit to the time/$$$ to find out if Birkenstocks were really them.
(This is the part of the post where I change the subject and make a random huge announcement.)
I’M GOING TO TAIWAN.
I’ve been hinting at this for some time now, but waiting until everything was final so I can make the announcement. So here goes. The Taiwan Tourism Board is sponsoring me on a media trip! I’m going with a group, which includes Abe, and there will be a ton of exciting posts, Instagram pictures, and YouTube Videos to share.
(Back to this blog post.)
I buy the Arizona Soft Footbed Style, and am taking a few weeks breaking them in by walking in them everywhere. Socks look stupid, but they help. And now…I’m happy to report they are ready for Taiwan. And so am I.
P.S. Do not buy the thong Birks unless you enjoy blisters between your toes. And definitely spend the extra money for a soft footbed.