A recent study shows that your poor shoe choices can come back to haunt you with future foot pain. Nip potential foot disasters in the bud and give your feet a break with today's Groupon: $30 gets you $60 toward quality footwear and accessories at Steppin' Birkenstock Shoes online. Because women are among the worst footwear decision makers (think pointy-toed heels and over-the-knee superhero boots), they suffer from foot pain more often than men as they age. Luckily, Steppin' Birkenstock Shoes has a vast array of stylish and comfortable looks for both men and women. This Groupon does not cover shipping, which is a flat rate of $12 per order.
In 1897, Konrad Birkenstock theorized that shoes should mimic the curved surface of the foot instead of remaining flat. Though contoured shoes have received criticism from masochists and Flat Earth Society members, the classic two-strap Birkenstock sandal ($79.95) remains a staple of comfort and foot health the world over. The innovative Birkenstock lace-up walker ($89.95) is perfect for professional pedestrians and leisure walkers, wicking away sweat and supporting each tiny bone in the foot with every step.
In addition to Birkenstocks, Steppin' carries an array of comfortable, fashionable shoes to keep you walking in style. Ditch your heels for comfortable and cute Mary Janes from Earth footwear, featuring Kalso negative heel technology to tone your legs with every step ($120). You'll have the calves of die-hard stiletto-wearing diva and the healthy, pretty feet of a pampered princess. Pick out a slick, breathable Dansko clog to replace uncomfortable dress shoes under the hem of your business slacks ($120).
Walk on a cushion of air or give your arch an extra boost with insoles and arch supports and help your existing shoes fit your feet ($14.95–$59.95). Grab a few pairs of SmartWool socks to prevent odors and keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer, an abomination of nature on which we can all agree ($10.50–$20.50), and never be embarrassed to take your shoes off when invited to a Japanese tea ceremony or backyard moon bounce.
Though most shoe-wearers feel that the Birkenstock name speaks for itself, two Insider Pages reviews give Steppin' Birkenstock's Ridgewood store five stars:
- Buying a Birkenstock is not an inexpensive venture....But you will never find a more comfortable pair of shoes. – Joan R.
- My brother in law is a Podiatrist and has been pushing me to try Birkenstocks for as long as I can remember to no avail. I finally gave in, the price was steep but now I understand the following...The wicking (I have sweaty feet), the shock absorbant [sic] sole and the fact that parts can be replaced or repaired, sort of makes the price more like an investment. – Ed A.
The Walking Man
The Walking Man arrived in the late morning, when most people were already at work. Aubrey’s Cafe, the silver-bullet-shaped diner at the edge of the southern Nevada town, was his first stop, just as it’s everyone’s first and last stop as they flit about town like bees stocking a hive.
He was lean, sun-colored, and had a beard neither straight nor curly, but matted like the salt and pepper fur of an aging Shih Tzu. He wore comfortable looking sandals and his sunglasses were goggles dangling on crimped bands of blue elastic.
“Coffee black,” he said, like it was his own name.
Davies Mankey looked up at the stranger from his stool at the counter. Davies was a trucker, emphasis on the was, if the classified section beneath his hashed browns didn’t provide an immediate hint. Davies Mankey was a talker too.
“How’d you get here, stranger? Didn’t hear any sort of ve-hicle pull up.”
Staring straight ahead, the Walking Man just smiled. Sam Cooke crooned on the jukebox and outside, a rare crow picked flyguts from the windshield of Mankey’s ‘89 Dodge Dakota. Davies would never drive that car again, spending the next six years with the Walking Man, though he didn’t know it yet.
None of us knew, yet, what was about to happen.
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