Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Shoe Order

R has put his foot down with a firm hand and told me to buy new and comfortable walking shoes before we depart. I don't see anything wrong with my old ones when on my feet. They just don't photograph well as a stand alone pair of shoes. They are quite comfortable. I thought I might buy a new pair in New York, but it seems that will be too late as far as R is concerned.

Checking Myer stock take sale. Checking Mountfords. Checking outlet in Carlton where my now disgraceful shoes came from. Lots of sales on. R buys a particular shoe, a Rockport walking shoe but I don't want to buy the same shoe. I did buy a pair of Rockports once. Why don't I wear them? I got them out and decided I would wear them into town while I did a few things and if they felt alright, I would wear them. If not, I would buy a new pair. They felt ok.

That is until I got home and my feet felt sore, not the skin or from abrasion but the muscles or ligaments. I worked out that these shoes are longer with more toe room and so my toes are bending at a different angle when I walk. I'll get used to them, by the end of the holiday at least.



Was it Marcus Wong who once mentioned taking a power board when travelling? There are so many things now to charge. I bought two unearthed power plug adaptors for the US and Canada and checked that none of what we wanted to charge had an earthed plug. Good. Until I took out a power board and realised that the plug for that is earthed, so as I did  for our visit to Japan, I busied myself with a drill and a knife. The hole is bit rough, but it does the job.


35 comments:

  1. Andrew, I hope you are almost ready for your ovesea travel. I think it is gooa idea to buy new shoes in NY. Shoes shoudbe comfortable but new are not ..

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    1. Gosia, we will see. I don't know if we will be near many shops in the NY.

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  2. New shoes and packets of blister plasters would be my advice!

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    1. Fun60, they have been worn quite a few times, just not walked in much. Expect an email from me to you as the blister expert for advice.

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  3. Last minute things to think about. Perhaps the amount of time on your feet while on holidays will mean you will just end up with sore feet no matter which shoes. I hate days I come home with sore feet.

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    1. Carol, I do get sore feet, but as in Europe last year, they toughen up as the days go on. Always a good reason to sit and have coffee while people watching.

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  4. In Edwardian times, travel was expensive and complex, but at least people had staff to do all the heavy lifting (literally and metaphorically).

    Later it became cheaper and simpler.

    Now I think travel is becoming more complex again.

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    1. Hels, that struck me recently and not just about electrical things. Although we have used a travel agent, there is still heaps for us to do and check. In the past, the travel agent just did it all and you trusted them to get it right.

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  5. Only you can link shoes with electrical currents. Makes for a new definition of power walking.

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    1. Very good Victor. You are so witty early in the morning. How many cameras are you taking with you?

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  6. Loving the image of R putting his foot down with a firm hand.
    Shoes are a (sometimes) necessary evil in my book.
    And yes, the number of 'essential' things which need to be charged is frightening. Last time I went away I was appalled at how much room various chargers took up.

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    1. EC, I wish I could claim credit for such cleverness, but I heard it elsewhere. It has improved a bit on the charger front. With one cord I can charge the tablets, the Kindle, one camera and phones. Of course though, you want to be able to charge more than one thing at a time.

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  7. I bought new shoes before I left on the current trip but I left those behind and took an older pair that had already been worn in. I didn't want the hassle of having to get used to new shoes (and any associated feet pain) whilst overseas.

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    1. Ad Rad, I have decided to slip my old shoes into my case, just for the worst case scenario.

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  8. I hate new shoes when I get a pair I like I wear them till they fall apart.
    Merle..........

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    1. Merle, I think we are all a bit like that. We like the old and comfortable. Goes for people too, haha.

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  9. Don't forget some band-aides for your feet in case needed with new shoes. I hate new ones and much prefer my old. Take forever to wear them in, and some just don't.
    So when are you leaving, or are you not saying?
    We leave in the caravan on Tuesday..

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    1. WA, yes, always take band-aides. Fun60 knows well about special blister plasters. I've not said exactly when we are leaving but it will be Sunday, so we will be there by the time you set off.

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    2. Have a wonderful holiday. Safe journey...

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  10. Trust me, you won't get used to them. If that were the case, you would already be wearing them a lot. Get a pair that fit properly in width and length. And break them in before you leave. You don't want to cripple yourself walking around New York.

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    1. River, they are good shoes and they are worn in up to point, just not for walking. I have been wearing them over the last couple of days and it is getting better. I am certainly taking my old shoes though. Too late for new shoes now.

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  11. Not being one to contradict R, I would be hesitant to buy new shoes just before a big trip. What if they cause you problems for the first couple of weeks, just when you need them? Your getting used to the Rockports before leaving is a better plan. Leave plenty of room as the USA is so much cheaper for good quality clothing. Clever you with the grounding hole.

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    1. Craig, whatever makes you think I buy good quality clothing? Well, I may, when it is on sale and it is last years fashion, or borderline at least. Yes, it was my intention to buy some stuffs in NY. Wether we get to the shops is another matter.

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  12. I saw on TV a long while ago, a city somewhere had set up a charge station, where people could plug in their devices to be charged up. I don't know if they had to pay for it, but don't think so, as it wasn't just for tourists, everyone could use it. It was quite large with several outlets. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all cities did this and travellers wouldn't have to carry chargers everywhere.

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    1. River, not heard of that one but in London, as I posted, some of their old phone boxes have been converted to charging stations. We are on the cusp of what you suggest. Charging points and free wifi will be everywhere, in your lifetime.

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  13. Maybe try a pair of shoes from Rivers? The Other Half swears by them and wears them to work. He likes the ones that say Hike & Bike. Also their barefoot joggers are very comfortable (I have me a pair and so does The Other Half) and they squish down very well for packing. It is like wearing no shoes, that kind of comfortable.

    If I were travelling I would not rely on just one pair of shoes - I'd have at least two comfortable pairs so I could switch between them during the day. I find different shoes tend to work out different parts of my feet and legs. :)

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    1. Ah yes Sonskred, Rivers, I had forgotten about them. I've had them in the past and they were good. Worst case scenario, I will have my thongs with me.

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  14. I am known for taking a powerboard along with me on hoildays, so it might have been me who pointed it out to you. :-)

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    1. Marcus, or the Myki User. Can't really recall. I took one for Sydney earlier this year and it was a great idea.

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  15. Get some fluevogs ;)
    Kidding.
    Oh and the toe thing won't go away, I often buy shoes that are too long in the toe (I have stubby toes) - you never seem to adjust

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    1. Fen, designed in Vancouver. How interesting, and available in Greville Street here.

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  16. The husband got Rockports this week. He said they were really light.

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    1. Susie, I think they are generally pretty good. My partner swears by them.

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  17. I can't tell you how many times I've been in agony wearing new shoes on holiday.. apparently I'm a slow learner :) its a BIG 'wear in before you go' from moi :) Don't electrocute yourself messing with the plugs!

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    1. Grace, I have worn them in a bit and my feet geometry is changing. I have complete confidence in fuses being blown and circuits going out before i will be shocked.

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