We did stuff like that in the snow in upstate NY when I was a stupid college student. One kid wore shorts and filp flops all winter (although with socks in the snow. A bunch of us wore converse canvas sneakers with no socks regard less of how deep the snow (or slush) was… And then there was my childhood sliding down the sidewalk hill in bare feet to turn it to ice… (and then standing on the radiator to thaw one’s feet, then going out to do it again until it was sold ice. Then and only then we’d put our boots on).
@f00l@tinamarie1974 OK so maybe we need a thread of photos of people’s flip flop collection. I have some but not a zillion of them. I have some vintage Scott something or other ones from Hawaii that have boat soles on them that are still holding up. Actually have 3 pairs of those and maybe 4 other pairs of various vintages. I used to have the Walmart “cheapies” that would, if one was lucky, last all summer before part of the strap would pull out of the hole. I grew up with those, although we were expected to be in bare feet all summer and only wear those if we had to go into a store or something. I don’t buy those anymore as I like the thicker padding of the soles of the other ones I own.
But now cute shoes means they get to looking awful quickly or they don’t fit my feet or really hurt or there’s something else wrong with them or they simply make me feel like I have some sort of problem with walking.
So I avoid cute shoes now. I do like them on other people
@f00l@tinamarie1974 When I find a pair of shoes that I really like and are incredibly comfortable I buy a second pair to put aside for whenever the first pair wears out. That has served me well over the years. Well except when the second pair wears out and a third pair can’t be found (I do look for lightly used but usually by then all is left on the market is ones that have been much more heavily used and I don’t buy shoes broken in to fit someone else’s foot - learned that lesson the hard way).
It’s technically potentially always sandal season here, because temperatures really only get prohibitively low at night, but I’ve been mostly used to wearing socks and a pair of Skechers indoors and swapping between boots and some aerated clogs outdoors because it’s been wet a lot and I have a big backyard, but used to live in a tiny apartment space with no yard of my own, wearing flip flops indoors daily.
@jitc I go barefoot in my apt most of the time. Even if there is an ice storm outside. Actually I’ll walk barefoot from my car to the building in the rain if the mud is too deep or the water running across the parking lot is too deep. Some of the people here look at me like I am nuts but feet wash and dry easier and faster than shoes do.
@Kidsandliz my kids are barefoot, everywhere except on trips outside the home. I can’t do barefoot. Even with no one in the house wearing outdoor shoes, the floors still get filthy between kids leaving scraps after meals and whatever is tracked in on those bare feet. It’s the same reason I wore flip flops all the time at the apartment. I can’t stand getting crud all over my feet.
I wore sandels today. Wore them with socks the other day when it was in the 50’s.
I have a pair that are currently at the shoe repair shop. They are ancient and I love them. I had repaired one of the straps using sail thread, curved sail needle and a palm. The shoe place is gluing the bottom of a strap back under the foot part. He asked me if I wanted him to sew the strap I mended. Nope. I mended that while working on a ship and it reminds me of them.