I should have been a cat!
Their peaceful moments
are, well, so peaceful!
“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I truly appreciate the minimalist philosophy in shoes for walking, hiking, etc. I think we do better in many ways when we are closely connected to the earth: balance, stability, muscle development, etc.
Recently I purchased a pair of Earth brand Prosper shoes, see picture below, for this minimalist purpose.
I like being able to feel the ground under my feet. Yes, barefoot is fine with me.
My thoughts: I am returning the Earth shoes, as the soles are too stiff and hard. I am going back to a pair of inexpensive water shoes; the micro-fiber, mesh ones that stretch and pull on my feet. Their soles are completely flexible (I can roll them into a ball!) and I can feel everything under my feet. They also get a great grip on hiking trails. I recommend these as a cheap, summer walking shoe!
For climbing high peaks in the heat of summer... I always go back to my Teva sandals. My feet get fresh air and the soles are quite flexible.
They are ripping apart after 15 years of mountain climbing. I would say Tevas are a good 'bang for the buck and the miles!'