Let me describe her. Fantastic, idealistic with amazing exploits on every size scale to tackle and, believe me, you cannot out work her. She sings, she dances -which I can prove that with a video I found of her shaking her groove thing on a facebook video. She is not high self-esteemed or low self-esteemed, she is other esteemed, alwasy tending to others needs. So this is pretty grand, finding shoes that you can wear all year doing tons of random things and always on the go.
I might say that she is a hybrid between an earth muffin and a Jesus freak with maybe a dash of the occasional "sidetracked" in there. but that is only because she has so many kids or projects...one or the other. She produces water keffir, chicken eggs, mills her own whole grain flours, runs a small college, renovates/decorates/roofs buildings, and would earn respect from Juliette Lowe if she were still alive. However, earth muffin may not be thte best word because muffins are baked. My sister eats only raw food. That is her family eats only food that is uncooked, considered live, fresh from the garden, and not grazed in a feed lot. I agree, that the lifestyle prevents disease and is extremely healthy for anyone plus a righteous decision- think about it, Adam and Eve didn't have electric Jen-Air cook tops, plug in counter top electric rotiserrie's, kitchen aid blenders or vitamixers. They didn't die of obesity, diabetes, cancer, or COPD! I love the whole plan, all the recipes, the boost of energy; I just have one problem...I have to manage the THREE FREEZERS OF CARIBOU/ MOOSE AND OTHER GAME MEAT in my garage. Feeding three hungry hunters with another two growing up in the footsteps of their father and grandfather before them keep me busy frying deer steak. I really think all these shoes listed below have earth muffin/Jesus freak quality to them ESPECIALLY knowing where the company shoe Naot is based.
Back to the raw food eating, and DO NOT confuse that with RAW meat puhleeeez! Nonetheless, a person can still be considered a raw foodist by consuming just 75% of the diet in raw fruit, vegetables, beans, grains, and sprouts. The other 25% can be used up at the Olive Garden, on Hostess Twinkies, or perhaps driving visiting a fast food chain restaurant for "Is that for here or to go?" meals. My sister is SO busy, sometimes she has to do this; she is literally forced to (only on dire occasions) purchase hamburgers. On certain days of the week her schedule involves commuting and that is when I get to talk to her one on the phone.
sis: YOU ARE KIDDING! He did what to his truck?
me: yup... he wrecked it, icy roads today with the first snow and slid right off the road into the ditch.
sis: Wow! It is his senior year and he has only driven his truck for 3 months! How sad!
me: At least he had his senior portraits taken in the truck before it was wrecked.
sis: Does that come with any vegetables like pickles, lettuce, and mayo?
sis: Mustard too! Thank you. -Oh sorry I was just ordering, we are starving, it has been a long day.
me: Oh, I see, where are you anyway?
sis: Five!! That is five biggie size burgers please, not one! Mustard on three of them, mayo on the last one, and fries with all of them! What else will the white tornado (her platinum blonde 2 year old) eat?
Other than the occaisonal sin of fast food my sis can pray, she can harmonize with the angels, clean up a small city after a hurricane, whip up an entire college staff back into shape, birth children during a natural disaster with no electricity, and move mountains. Drum roll please...................................................
She needs a shoe that requires no socks because she never wears socks. At the most, if it is a really cold winter in L.A. (that is lower Alabama), she will don them, but not for more than a couple of weeks. She has to have breathing room so no closed toe shoes. She needs enough cushion for towing gear and traction for keeping up with the white tornado and his sisters. Originally, I looked for an open toe mud boot, but they don't exist.
Here is what I found for : Coming in First Place......
This is a shoe you can wear all day at the beach or class up a bit and go into the office (see the rhinestones baby!) It is a Naot Kate sandal in peacock leather. The footbed can be replaced in these type of shoes so that meets the on the go practicality of my sis. I have read reviews that some people have worn theirs Naots for ten years! Endurability wins the selection! I first found them at the clogoutlet for super bargain prices.
There were some others that I seriously considered for my sister, I think they are worth mentioning.
1st runner up is the Alegria Barcelona, especially if you are walking a lot. This California company created a ergonomic sandal for all California lifestyles. It has a cute butterfly buckle that I really like. I first saw these in a nursing magazine. If nurses can wear them all day, then I think I will try a pair for myself soon!
2nd runner up is the Taylor by Naot if you just have to have the toe thong and are gonna be super practical. People with foot problems love these sandals, hey wait a minute they even have boots and a skin care line from the Dead Sea minerals.
3rd runner up is Kyra by Naot, it has classy little jewels on it. It comes in 5 neutral colors, copper, expresso, midnight, peacock, and quartz. Naot is a sucessful company from Isarael made to support and massage the foot, distributing all the bodyweight evenly throughout the foot. If you want more techy info on how they build their shoes click here and download the pdf files. I thought it was very interesting.