Monday, November 5, 2007

Manic Monday - Earth

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Manic Monday Earth
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Today's Manic Monday word is "Earth" in honor of this coming Wednesday's Blog Blast for Peace. Peace is something that we all want to have all the Earth over but when I saw the word for this week my thoughts immediately raced back in time to the 1970's and one of the most comfortable pair of shoes I owned - ever! My Earth shoes! I wish I still owned them even though, after giving birth to three children, my feet are certainly not the same size they were when I was in high school!

For those not familiar with Earth shoes, they originated in Copenhagen, Scandinavia in 1957 and were designed by a yoga instructor named Anne Kals. They didn't make their way to the United Staes until 1970 when they were first marketed under license by Raymond and Eleanor Jacobs who changed their name from Anne Kals Minus Heel Shoes to Earth Shoes when they were impressed by Earth Day crowds gathering near their just opened store in New York City. The name change was a snap decision by the Jacobses but it was a successful one as the rest - as they say - is history!

The shoes have is what is called a "negative heel"- meaning their heels are actually lower than their raised toes. This was said to mimic the effect of walking in sand and to make for orthopedically superior posture. They also had boxy toes which gave your toes room to "breathe" and made for one incredibly comfortable shoe that was available in all sort of styles from sandals to boots to clogs to even hiking boots. Fashionably they might not have looked all that great but who cared?

The pair I had looked very much like the pair pictured here which, incredibly, are available now at several shoe stores as Earth shoes seem to be making a comeback - woohoo! I'm really going to have to think about ordering a pair as I just can't seem to find shoes that are comfortable anymore. Besides, like Manolo Blahnik, the pre-eminent European shoe designer who is an unabashed Earth Shoe fan said: "It was the first shoe, [along] with the Jesus sandals, to make a social statement!" I may not be all about making statements but I am definitely all about comfort and practicality!

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P.S., I now work 16-hour shifts on Mondays from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. but if you visit me, I'll be sure to get back to you either late tonight or on Tuesday!

16 comments:

  1. they look super comfy! I'd love to get a pair too. Have a wonderful Monday, Linda.

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  2. After I injured my knee, broke a bone actually... I began wearing Birks. While working, I still wore low, dressy heels - too van to give them up! But my back won't let me any more. I hated giving up sexy high heels, but it's physically impracticle to keep it up. I'm so glad little dressy flats are in style... I wear my Birks in the summer and swear by them. Who cares if they're one of the ugliest shoes on earth? I had my day in the sun and I'm all into comfort now!

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  3. I remember Earth Shoes! Didn't have a pair, but I used to like Dr. Scholl's sandals in that "era."

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  4. It looks like a Croc, but with laces.

    Happy MM!

    Ian

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  5. Okay, 16 hours at work is way too much. Having said that, the shoes do look comfy. I don't remember them for some reason. Probably because in the 70s I was wearing those 4 inch heels all the time. I can so relate to low, comfortable shoes now. Have a great MM Linda. :)

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  6. Maybe as a side business, you should become a distributor. I think you just sold me my next pair of shoes.

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  7. Just couldn't get used to those shoes with the negative heel. Felt like I was falling backwards. Great post!

    Your hours for Monday are awful...are you a nurse? Sounds like my niece's schedule...:)

    Happy MM!

    Work of the Poet

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  8. oh geezzzz....I had tried to forget about those.....smile.

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  9. Well they sound super comfy!

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  10. They do look like the new croc shoes.
    Hmmm... will have to look in to them!
    Happy MM.

    Peace, my friend.

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  11. That's something I haven't heard of, Linda.

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  12. Earth shoes! Ah, brings back great memories...

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  13. I vaguely remember those shoes. I might have to look into them.

    Happy MM and don't work too hard!

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  14. tee hee hee...I was just being born in the 70s. :)

    Happy Monday, Linda. Are you sure ya can't squeeze a few more hours in today?!
    Hope ya have an easy day.

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  15. I remember Earth shoes! And I also remember they were far too wide for me but I did try them on once and found the negative heel to be such an odd sensation. But I also remember them being really, really comfy.

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  16. Never heard of them but i am all for comfort.
    Do they have to be so ugly?

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