Team Shoes or Team Barefoot?: Somebody say Shoe? Or didja say Shoeless?...

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Team Shoes or Team Barefoot?

By Trish
July 17, 2011

Welcome to our Sunday weekly feature of Which Team? Every Sunday we will have a poll-type article for you to chime in on. Don't be shy! This week's question: Do you shoe, or no?

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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Jul 17, 2011 12:13 AM CST
I love this feature, Trish! I'll be looking forward to this each Sunday. Good going!

Now as for shoes(?) Welp, I tend to shy away from shoes whenever possible. As I've often said I have a fear of heights and shoes put me too far off the ground.
However, I had to "fabricate" one (a shoe, that is) some years ago. Perhaps Dave may remember this recollection, from the year 2001...
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"...am dog tired and sore today...spent most of yesterday tilling other people's gardens for them. On the way home I was tired, dirty, and thirsty so I pulled into a 'quick stop' type of store. Although I hadn't heard the following words in years they were certainly still carrying some authority.

'Hey buddy! NO SHOES, NO SERVICE! OUT!!'

Yep. I usually try to keep some shoes in the truck so I went out to get them but alas, nothing! I searched in the back, under tools, in the tool box. Nothing. Oh well, headed on home. Two miles later I saw another Quick Stop and decided to pull in there. After all, it was a 10 mile ride home and I wanted to go the back roads and relax a bit b4 dealing w/chores that were waiting on me.

In the back parking lot I looked and looked in the truck again...in the back, under equipment, then under the seat. Success, sort of. I found the better part of a flip-flop that the dog had decided not to eat all of, but
only one. Looking everywhere my head started thinking. Although my wife probably hasn't ridden in that truck for over 5 yrs I found, in the glove box, something called a Femi-nine Napkin...(Opening it up I saw there weren't really nine of 'em in there, only one.) Voila!

With my one half-eaten flipflop on one foot, and my other foot bandaged up in the 'napkin' and secured with a bit of duct tape I went into my best gimp, put on a grimace of pain and walked in the door, grunting a bit every second step. Not only did I make it all the way in this time but purchased my snack, my 'soda', and the counterman even let me slide for 15 cents so I could get a pack of Goody powders for my pain!

Ah yes, the perfect ending to a long day. (Soon as I pulled in the driveway you could hear that musical sound of 'Spsshhh...' as I opened my soda!) Ah yes, life is good."
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So ya see, even a dedicated barefooter will attach something to his feet when the need declares!
Best!
Shoe
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Name: Vicki
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vic
Jul 17, 2011 2:46 AM CST
I love walking in the grass barefoot but other than that, I wear sandals (support sandals in my old age Hilarious! ) I even wear sandals with socks in the winter. Looks stupid but I like the freedom of my feet not being forced into shoes.

That said, when working in the garden or anywhere outside, I wear long pants and work boots as in construction high top boots even in the 90+ temps in the summer.

I always wondered how folks could dig a hold in the ground with a shovel while being barefoot. I've had the opportunity to see Shoe do that. Unbelievable! Hurray!

Great feature Dave and Trish Thumbs up

vic
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
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Horseshoe
Jul 17, 2011 3:25 AM CST
You sure are up awful early, Vic!

Coffee on, already?

Shoe (wondering about Vic's "support sandals") :>)
Name: Vicki
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vic
Jul 17, 2011 5:45 AM CST
Morning Shoe.

Coffee's history, flowers watered, water garden cleaned Thumbs up

The following link is a child's shoe but it's similar to what I wear:

http://www.shoes.com/en-US/Product/04030-5147787/Hi-Tec/Blk_...

Ugly, huh? I have another pair that are flip flops but the sole is supportive on that too.

The heat is coming back Thumbs down

vic
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Jul 17, 2011 5:51 AM CST
Ohhh, not bad. Good arch support, right?

At least in both cases your feet are in the open air. Looks good to me.

Shoe (yep, our spring weather has sprung back to summer)
Name: Vicki
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vic
Jul 17, 2011 5:56 AM CST
Yes, these shoes sometimes even feel like they massage my feet. In the winter, I wear socks with them if my feet get cold.

I hate the cumbersome feeling of being closed up in shoes Thumbs down

Stay cool - each day this week gets hotter. Oh joy...

vic
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LindaTX8
Jul 17, 2011 8:23 AM CST
Oh, shoes. As a young child, I really preferred shoeless. And no wonder! We were poor and only had cheap, ill-fitting shoes that hurt my feet quite a bit. I always seemed to have foot problems. Anytime I left the house I usually put up with shoes...often it seemed like torture. Still, I learned to be civilized and eventually had a little better shoes. I later found out I had spurs...bones on the top of my feet that just stuck out too much. Should have had an operation sometime, but never did, because I didn't realize it could be fixed until late in life. I have chronic foot cramps, various injuries, have had plantar fasciitis a few times, have had ingrown toenails countless times, not to mention a problem with my big toe which my doctor thought was arthritis. And just plain sore feet...lots of times. I wear Crocs most of the time now. Special orthopedic type shoes don't help much, unfortunately. Fashionable, pretty shoes, any "heel" of any kind...life is too short to put up with them! Going barefoot outside isn't an option here even in the yard. Too dangerous!
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Name: Debbie Gominiak
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Debbie718
Jul 17, 2011 8:48 AM CST
This apple does not fall far from the tree. I am also "Shoe-less" and prefer it that way. IF I am required to wear them to a function...don't look under the table as they have most likely been kicked off already.

Although my "flip flops" are not as fashionable and "cushiony" as my brothers...there are many styles and designs...even with sparkles, for those "get gussied up" occassions!

Shoe....do you need some sparkles for your flip-flops? Thanks for the morning smiles!

Debbie
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Aguane
Jul 17, 2011 9:53 AM CST
I keep thinking of Imelda Marcos....

Thanks for the insights and laughs, folks!

Genius, Shoe!
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
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Horseshoe
Jul 17, 2011 10:08 AM CST
"Shoe....do you need some sparkles for your flip-flops? "

Debbie, I'm sure sparkles would liven up those old flip flops. When it's muddy I wear them into the chicken pen so I don't have to keep hosing my feet off! Any improvement on them would be a kindness! *grin

Course now, I remember once wearing something similar to a sparkle on my big toe. My DD and I were going to a Roundup in Ky when she was 8 or 9 years old. At that age she was always doing something to me (tying my hair in pigtails, face painting me while I was asleep, etc). Before the trip she'd painted one of my big toe toenails PURPLE. I didn't mind. However I noticed as we traveled across NC, into Tenn, up into Ky, every where I'd stop to talk, get gas, etc people were very friendly and talkative, for a while. At some point they'd look down at the ground then a strange look would come across their face, they seemed less interested in talking and would take their leave.

The way I figger it, menfolk my age weren't supposed to be wearing a bright purple toenail and it musta made some of them nervous. Go figger, eh?

Happy Day All..
Shoe
Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Jul 17, 2011 12:07 PM CST
Oh Shoe....I can picture you now! See, I told you that you can be creative!!

I'm shoeless at home except when I must work around stickers. Flip flops or Dr. Scholls most of the year when I'm out in public/ Tennis shoes when on a ladder working.

Vic, open toes and socks...lovely! Lovey dubby These shoes you like are great shoes and they are on my wish list. My daughter just found some on sale in her size....she loves them!
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Jul 17, 2011 12:11 PM CST

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Shoe- you know I thought of you and your shoe story while writing this! I'm so glad that you shared for those who haven't heard it before.

And I very much remember your DD at that age- snif. Time goes by so quick!
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Name: Vicki
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vic
Jul 17, 2011 12:17 PM CST
Becky, those are my "dress" shoes Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

My flip flops have support type soles and I wear them almost exclusively in the summer. Smiling

Ah yes, Trish, we were fortunate to see those purple toes Hilarious!
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jul 17, 2011 12:27 PM CST
Vic, funny! Rolling on the floor laughing

I can no longer clime down mountains I used to hike up. The pain was so intense when my toes hit the front of the shoe. I tried several styles to no avail. Finally went to the Dr. and after x-rays, found out I have a neuroma in both feet between my 3-4 toes. The pain is worse than child birth!

Dr. said I had 2 choices: Surgery or no climbing down mountains where the pressure was so bad. YUCK! I chose no climbing mountains. Thumbs down

Well, a few months ago, I met a man who has the same thing going on and he wears an expensive toe less show like yours and has no problem. So they are on my wish list. Big Grin
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
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Horseshoe
Jul 17, 2011 2:38 PM CST
"And I very much remember your DD at that age- snif. Time goes by so quick"

Yeh, Trish, they sure grow up fast. Too fast. Sure has been, and still is, a nice journey, eh? Ya gotta love it!

And she sho'nuff doesn't look like this anymore! :>))


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postmandug
Jul 18, 2011 8:57 AM CST
Shoe you come back to the RU this year and I'll paint one of my toenails in your honor!!

Doug
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horseshoe
Jul 18, 2011 9:03 AM CST
Hah! Doug, if I ever make it to another Round Up then I'LL paint your toenail for ya!

Which has me thinking, twice now...if a DG gathering is called a "round up", what name can we come up for an ATP gathering? You know with all these fine folks here we're going to have to have them all over the Nation.

Ya'll be thinking! (and sorry to have gone off topic, Trish)
Shoe
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Ridesredmule
Jul 18, 2011 4:19 PM CST
Love it!!! I wear those "ugly tyoe sandle" that Vic wears. Love them. Can't stand regular shoes. Wear them into fall as far as I can....Have a pair just in case I wear these out....
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Aug 19, 2011 8:12 PM CST
I suspected there'd be a shoeless 'Shoe' here somewhere... Smiling
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Name: Trish
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Trish
Aug 20, 2011 7:17 AM CST

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I think his buzzer buzzes when "shoes" are mentioned!
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