Monday, 3 September 2012

These Boots Were Made For Walking (Tours) #4 @GuidedbyIsobel

We’ve been canvassing opinion among the bunioned and calloused ranks of London Walks guides to ascertain the ultimate shoe or boot for long walks.

This is our fourth installment. You can read the previous three suggestions HERE (Doctor Martens) and HERE (a cautionary taleabout flip-flops) and HERE (hardy Keen sandals).

For Part Four, we’ve got Isobel – and there’s a bit of science going on.

We’re pleased to welcome Fitflops to the ranks of our favourite shoes. Not least because the word "Microwobbleboard™" really cheers us up.

Isobel writes…

“Fitflops lace ups. The most comfortable shoes I have ever had. Got my first pair from Boots, loved them so much I bought a second pair from Soletrader. They help your posture, give your muscles a work out, and have thick soles that put a spring in your step.”

Not that Isobel ever went WITHOUT a spring in her step, of course. It’s just that the shoes help a little bit.

Now, here comes the science (from the Fitflops website): 

“FitFlop™ sandals were first created in 2007, after Dr David Cook and Darren James – both biomechanists at London South Bank University – collaborated with Marcia Kilgore (businesswoman and busy mum) to create the world’s first muscle-activating flip flop… FitFlop footwear features a patent-pending Microwobbleboard™ midsole which can help increase the time that your muscles are engaged every single time you take a step.”

So, there ye go.

Isobel is an artist, journalist, linguist, prize-winning Blue Badge Guide and London Walks' token aristocrat. One of her ancestors introduced the waltz to this country.


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1 comment:

  1. Oooh! I like these green boots. I haven't seen them before. They may have to go on my wish list. Mine are actually shoes. I think they market them as trainers.