Welcome to Shoe Review Number 7! Click here if you missed Shoe Review #1, Shoe Review #2, Shoe Review #3, Shoe Review #4, Shoe Review #5 Review #6. Some reviews have been updated, and new comments have been added, so it never hurts to click back for a quick shoe review
Have you ever wondered about Space Boot? At $30,000 a pair, moon boots make Manolos seem like cheap skates. Manolos wouldn’t hack it in space. Moon walking demands the highest of high-tech shoes—like those designed by Dave Graziosi’s team at ILC Dover, a manufacturer of space suits for NASA in Frederica, Delaware.
“We’re planning for the moon and beyond,” says Graziosi, an aerospace engineer. “Next stop: Mars.” The latest in space footwear, the M2 Trekker, is constructed in three parts—an inner pressure bladder, a middle structural layer, and a protective cover.
The shoe will need to tolerate temperatures from minus 350˚F (minus 212˚C) to plus 350˚F (177˚C), resist micrometeoroids (at 45,000 miles an hour [72,000 kilometers an hour], even dust is destructive), hold up on the rocky surface of the moon, yet comfortably allow the wearer to hike back should the lunar rover conk out miles away from the landing module. The boot is slimmer and lighter than the last generation shoe worn by Apollo astronauts.
To be precise, the first man on the moon is myth—it was the first shoe on the moon. Those shoes—Neil Armstrong’s boots (size 9 1⁄2 medium)—are still on the moon, along with nine other pairs of boots worn during the Apollo missions. When the Apollo astronauts collected moon rocks, they had to jettison their boots to compensate for the additional weight they brought back. Three decades on the moon have taken a toll. The metal buckles and snaps on the boots would be fine. No oxygen on the moon, so no oxidation and rust. But the silicone soles and synthetic fabrics have probably off-gassed and degraded. Should anyone try to retrieve them, there’s a good chance the shoes would turn to powder if touched.
And now lets blast forward and see what our shoe reviewers have to say…..
Beautiful brown leather
Boots made for any weather
Dress up or dress down
Reviewed By: Ranger Shoewalker
This is an interesting pair of boots. While most of us wear matching foot gear, it is enough for this person to know that their boots are similar. This tells me that these are the boots of a trendsetter. Anyone can be a fashion trendsetter and anyone can make up words. By redefining the meaning of an existing word -pair – the owner of these boots defines themselves as a fashion AND linguistic trendsetter.
The differential heights of the boots gives away that the wearer has two vastly different length legs. This condition can be embarassingand time consuming since those who suffer from it walk in circles. Rather than bemoan their condition, this person compensates by wearing different shoes.
I can’t help but notice that the carpet is immaculate, as are the boots. Given that most of us tromp through whatever is in our path when we wear boots, I’m pretty sure that these boots belong to a neat freak. A neat freak with uneven legs who doesn’t understand what a pair is.
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Reviewed By: Signora di Avvio
I’m not your typical girly-girl. Oh, I may wear a flowery mini but I am wearing it with these no-nonsense brown boots. I also wear them with shorts, sundresses and jeans. I will be wearing these shoe long after I graduate from college. I will resole these shoes several times. I will keep the leather in good condition and I will pass them down to my daughter (in reality she will steal them from me!) and I will love them forever.
Good To Know: American designer Beth Levine is widely credited as the first person to introduce boots into Haute Couture.
April in Chicago is such an unusual season,
Wish I could go traveling but alas there is no reason.
I could go to Paris or maybe even Rome
It’s raining, raining, raining and I don’t want to stay at home!
Reviewed By: Princess Bootie
These boots belong to a “take no prisoners” kind of gal. She does not suffer fools lightly and has no sympathy for the self-created drama that some people shroud themselves in. She is always prepared whether you need a band-aid, a postage stamp, an emery board or an extra toothbrush. She is not easily flustered and loves to have a good time. I imagine her laugh to be loud and full with nothing held back.
Reviewed By: Bootlegger
I am having a hard time with these shoes. They look a bit like slippers on steroids. Like you might wear them to the beach but only if you lived in Iceland. How can a shoe be casual and cold weather? I guess I can’t understand because I live south of the Mason/Dixon line and it snows here about once every twenty years. However with global climate change it’ll be snowing more regularly here soon. Most likely during a hurricane in a thunderstorm in summer. Just keep on pouring those toxins into the atmosphere and destroying the ozone people, your just encouraging the planet to kill us off sooner. Maybe one day soon I’ll be wearing shoes like this.
Good To Know: ‘Ugg’ comes from the word ‘ugly’, as these shoes were thought to be out of fashion because of their weird shape and size. But the warmth and comfort they provide are unmatched. Australian sheep herders who used to walk miles and miles used to wear these boots. These shoes are made for comfort and durability. (Are these boots Uggs? Only Daina, knows the answer to that question. My guess? Maybe, but doubtful).
When in a rush, I love these shoes
slip on sneakers they let me move
out the door and down the street
with in seconds, don’t skip a beat
there’s no laces, no string to tie
slip on sneakers no time for goodbye
Reviewed By: Shoebedo
What does one look for when a comfortable shoe is sought after? Simple design and comfortable construction and these shoes simply do not (eschoe) eschew that. They embrace and hug the foot of their beloved lady and offer a dignified yet practical means of transportation for her sole.
The ease of the slip on/slip off enables the wearer to quickly change into her dancing shoes at a whim and allows a quick transition without all the laces and buckles that can trip a wearer up.
While these shoes may not be the shoe of choice for a fancy event where a dance card is to be filled –they appear to be the well-heeled and popular choice of someone who can out class most of the regular world.
I give 10 toes up for a shoependous choice of an everyday favorite.
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Reviewed By: Limou
Beware the owner of these shoes! She is the type who will sneak up on you and goose your hiney. She moves stealthily and almost silently as she stalks her prey, looking for someone to make laugh or play a prank on. She likes to be comfortable and light on her feet because you never know when the next opportunity to wreak havoc and cause mayhem may occur. These shoes are deceptively bland. You never notice until . . .GOTCHA
Good To Know: St. Crispin Is the patron saint of shoemakers. St. Crispin’s day in October 25th.
Disclaimer: Please remember that the opinion of the reviewers do not necessarily reflect the opinions of your shoe review hostess, nor do the shoes in all fairness necessarily reflect her taste.
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