I’ve been a runner for 33 years and for most of these, ran in New Balance followed by Asics, which are big, well-cushioned, heavy shoes. Supportive, protective, serious shoes. Having a 9.5- 10 shoe size (for a woman) also adds to the serious look of the shoe. They are BIG shoes.
A few months ago I read about a new type of running shoe called “Barefoot “shoes…some brands even have individual toes in them. They are supposed to mimic barefoot running and improve posture, and all sort of other things. I felt a spark of curiosity, interest, fun…
I was in a shoe store the other day looking for sandals, and I saw a display for these Barefoot…running shoes? …. I had to at least try them on. ..Heaven, and I mean it. I had never worn such a comfortable pair of shoes (running or not) in my life. My mind began, “Do I dare buy them? What if I get injured? Is this a stupid move?…” Yet, they almost called out to me, “Why not try?” This could be fun! How can life move you into better things if you cling to the old?” I had read this quote by William James, To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions, the same morning as my shopping trip and thought when I read it, ”How do I change flamboyantly?”
Yesterday, I ran in my Barefoot shoes…I felt almost illegal, like someone was going to yell, “Go change your shoes! What are you running in? Those aren’t running shoes! You are going to get hurt!”.. Of course no one did, or would, …it’s just the critical voice in my head that seems to wait to “ambush” me if I step out of the box. I tell it to be quiet…that I am having fun. Sometimes I have to ask myself questions like, “If you knew that you only had a month to live, would you wear the shoes?”…somehow this type of question helps me get clear, because when the answer is YES, then I know what my choice needs to be….maybe flamboyant change can happen one step at a time…as long as I take that step.