Saturday, June 26, 2010

Decidely Anti Sock, Anti Shoes

I recently returned from a 2 week trip business trip to Atlanta & Greenville. I visited Charleston SC in-between to spend Father's Day with our son who lives there - that was GREAT! People asked me, frequently, "how do you like living in Arizona?" while I was in Georgia and South Carolina, and I found I often replied "it's great, I don't have to wear socks or shoes all day, like I do here". In fact, since returning home Friday night, I've not yet put on a sock, and have no plans to do so. This last two weeks, were the first time I wore socks and shoes for 2 weeks since last February, when I last made a quarterly visit back to "the mother ship" of my business's HQ.

Socks are great, when you have to wear shoes - but in Arizona, I go bare footed or wear sandals, everywhere. It was 110F today (with 10% humidity). In such weather, shoes are just a 'bad idea'.


  1. What's the preferred material for sandals? Is leather the thing?

  2. Leather soles, canvas uppers - with a softened cloth strip to grip between the toes - is best, in my experience here, for dry weather. The leather upper "slip on" sandals I've tried don't breathe as well, and one cannot run or jog in them.

    On the 4 or 5 weeks of the year in which it rains for 1 or 2 days in each of those weeks, then rubberized soles with poly/synthetic uppers are appropriate. I've tried wearing rubberized soles around the house and out on errands, but they're just too hot and sweaty in most cases, and on sun heated pavement, the synthetic soles have a tendency to get "squishy" - which might be just my perception as the wearer.


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