Got Me Talkin' About Walkin'
By jack.flynn on Sep 17, 2008
Tips for Keeping Your Dogs from Squawkin'
Ah, feet! The low men on the totem pole. Sure, the typical pair logs about three miles a day, but the typical Oracle OpenWorld creepers march closer to eight miles around the Exhibition Hall. But the well-heeled Oracle OpenWorld traveler might get an extra kick with the right kind of footwear.
Lightweight loafers are the rule when scouting out walking shoes. Your heel makes contact before rolling forward, so find flexibility in your sole (how's that for a mantra?) and a bit of bend in the toe. Only shop when your pedal extremities are colossal, as Mr. Waller might say (that means buy shoes toward the end of the day, when your feet are slightly swollen), and make them breathable: those 250,000 sweat glands in your toes excrete half a pint of moisture daily.
You'll bounce back faster by bringing two pair and switching every few hours (unless you're Matthew McGrory and have to fork over $22,745 for sneakers). Also, proper lacing can prevent serious ankle swelling. Soften every landing with some CoolMax socks, and bring along a blister kit with moleskin and antibiotic ointment. Further steps might involve reading The Foot Book for signs of abnormal walking patterns or strapping on the Honda walking assist device. With a little support, your feet can have a ball!