I recently acquired from Zappos a much coveted pair of Jambu Barefoots. It was an older edition so I had some difficulty finding it, and at the color I wanted too. As luck would have it, it was on sale too! There were not too many left. So, I decided to purchase one. I have one other Jambu shoe from a few years ago so I went by that previous experience.
Almost everything about these shoes is perfect. I love that it’s soft and light but the soles are built with a lot of thought for support at the right spots and cushions where it’s needed. My feet felt like they were on a TempurPedic bed all the time. It has enough width for my wide fronts so my toes can tap and stretch when they feel like dancing along. The color is a bright aqua blue with neon lime green accents. It cried “fun!” to me. It ties just at the right distance on the midfoot so my heels should not come up when I lift my heel off the ground and my foot bends at the forefoot.
I have always said that I should not buy shoes online unless I have tried the shoe in the exact style on my feet. Well, the shoes are a tad loose at the heel. It is still okay for walking in them but, my socks keep sinking down into the shoe to the point where it’s all scrunched down in a ball halfway through my feet! I tried longer socks, thicker socks, shorter socks, my Smartwools. Nothing worked!
What was I to do? I love this shoe. I looked online. There was no available half-size smaller left anywhere. I dug my heels (no pun intended!) and with a stiff upper lip, decided to keep it.
Early this morning, I thought I’d look online at what other people have to say. I’m certain I’m not alone in this. Some of the responses were too off the wall to include here but believe me, this issue has been discussed for ages! Here’s a sampling of what I found:
“Quit wearing bulldogs as shoes!!!”
Wha? You mean like this?
Sandra Panda said:
“because you obviously don’t feed them enough.”
Jordan H volunteered:
“Why do birds fly south in the winter?”
Still some like Georgia G&G Gypsie contributed:
“I found that if I bought shoes that were a tad big, my socks would slide down from the friction created by the extra room in my shoes…if you get shoes that fit you perfectly-there shouldn’t be a problem :) good luck with those biting shoes :D”
And then, there is Aby from randomthoughtsofanagingartist.blogspot.com, who laments in a post:
“Why do my Crocs eat my socks?”
Still, there is Donna Fielder of DentonRC.com, who swears that Fiendish Socks Require Exorcism! She’s convinced they are possessed by demons! She’s a hoot, by the way.
Tut Uncommon mused:
“Perhaps the shoe wishes to frame the dryer in the great “Missing Sock” Mystery!”
I’ve trolled through most of them. Some recommend orthotics while some say it makes no difference. Others say it’s the friction between the loose heel, the back of the foot with the sock in between. And it does lead to holes in socks and blisters on affected parts. Nasty! Then there are the issues of people with too delicate an ankle that it does not fill the back of the shoe adequately. Hence, the gap and the slippage. Many have sworn by various sophisticated brands of socks (Smartwool, Thorlo, Keen, Bridgedale, to name a few). Pricey, they say, but worth the peace of mind with happy feet. (Remember the tyranny of the little pebble in your shoe?)
As for me, I’ve found a little respite recently. The weather is starting to warm up. So, I’m putting away my thick socks. I found these:
I found them in most big department stores like Nordstrom. They serve their purpose well enough. Or, I can always do this:
But then, I’d need Kickstarter’s Sole Socks. They’re odor eating insoles that can be rewashed!
Or, I can go around town like Harrison Ford below, playing football in his socks on the tarmac of the Santa Monica Airport sometime in January 2014.
I think not. I’d be going through a lot of socks.
I think I’ll stick to my toe covers and enjoy the warming weather with my spiffy shoes!
P.S. Next time, maybe I’ll solve the mystery of why some shoes squeak. I don’t think the answer lies necessarily in their testimony…