I’m thinking ahead to next fall and what pair of ankle-length flat boots I would like to buy as a replacement for other shoes that are wearing out. I went to the Frye website and had a look around and here are some that looked interesting. It’s always such a gamble buying shoes online, although Frye has pretty predictable sizing, and ordering through Zappos allows you to return things at no cost. I find that the trouble I really run into is that I wear new shoes/boots a few times (and thus cannot return them), and only then find out that massive blisters ensue, sometimes on the most surprising parts of my feet (ever had blisters on the bottom of your feet? Yup. Happens to me all the time). I also have pretty stringent requirements for my shoes–I would like to preferably be able to walk several miles in them when needed. It seems like few things other than running shoes are designed for doing this comfortably. I’ve tried moleskin, inserts, heel padding, but nothing truly seems to make a pair of shoes go from unwearable to wearable. I haven’t found the magic product yet that can do this, although pre-treating blister-prone areas with moleskin bandages seems to be the closest thing to magic I’ve found so far.
all pics: frye boots
But lest you decide that this post is all about me griping about my feet (okay, so most of it is), I will also say that it’s the Portland Jazz Festival, and I’ve been a busy little bass player. I played the Mark Rothko show opening on Sunday at the Portland Art Museum, then went to a recording session yesterday (I wrote the lyrics for several songs on the project), then afterwards stopped by Jimmy’s to hear Charles McPherson, one of the last living alto sax players in the original bebop idiom. Tonight I’ve got another gig, as well as on Friday and Saturday, in addition to my day job.
Also, totally unexpectedly, I ran across some condos being foreclosed in a nice neighborhood. Billed as “micro homes,” and newly built, they are designed to be eco-conscious and with a small footprint. The combined mortgage payment and HOA fees would also be 1/2 of what we currently pay in rent each month. The downside is that they are verrry small. So I would have to down-size and be a minimalist in a really extreme way. I’m not sure that both of us are up to it–but the trade-off in reduced rent is really something to think about. At any rate, we are having them shown on Friday, and perhaps will know more after that.