I recently discovered that Chris has been keeping his “cardio shoes” in a shoe box by the front door.  As previously discussed on this blog, Chris loves original boxes and saves all of them, but this is not the original box of these shoes:  this is a new Nike box housing old New Balance shoes.  What is going on here!?


New Balance “Cardio shoes” in a foreign original box

If he wore these shoes very infrequently perhaps the shoe box would be logical, but these are not “occasional wear” shoes for special outings. (Also, the shoe box is right next to the front door, not in a closet).  These are shoes worn regularly when he performs high-intensity intervals.

I just discovered this shoes-boxed-in-a-box-under-the-table system a few days ago and have decided not to question him about it.  Perhaps I will put a box of my own frequently-worn shoes on top of his box of frequently-worn shoes and see what happens…

On another shoe topic, a week or so ago, at the gym, I was asked if I am a wrestler.  I am not a wrestler.  I do, however, lift in men’s wrestling shoes.


My men’s wrestling shoes.  That’s right, they have zippers.

You don’t know what feeling attractive is until you wear men’s wrestling shoes with zippers.  I often wonder, while wearing them, if people think that I think that I look good in my men’s wrestling shoes with zippers.  (For the record, I do not think that I look good in my men’s wrestling shoes with zippers.  And yes, in my worldview, people constantly think about what I think about myself).  Who suggested I wear men’s wrestling shoes to the gym?  You guessed it:  Chris, who also wears men’s wrestling shoes to the gym.


Chris’s men’s wrestling shoes.  Note the lack of zippers (= not at all as cool as mine).

As a part of the group “men”, Chris’s wearing “men’s” wrestling shoes is not nearly as weird-feeling for him as wearing men’s wrestling shoes is for me, a non-men.  Also, his shoes do not have zippers.

So why do I wear them?

Because the flat soles are amazing.  If I try to squat in normal athletic shoes these days, I feel like I’m squatting with pogo sticks on my feet.  The flat soles allow me to squat with better form and to feel more stable on any free weight exercises I perform while standing.

I think the epidemic of bad squatting permeating this country could be greatly improved (not eliminated, but improved) by a change in footwear.

And finally, I’ve been wearing the zippered wrestling shoes for over 4 years now and the wrestler question was actually the first weird thing anyone has ever said to me about the shoes.  I think someone once pointed out that Chris and I have matching lifting shoes and that that was kind of funny but I was OK with that.  In fact, now that I think about it, maybe Chris and I should have more matching clothing pieces…  No time to figure out a matching outfit now though; I have to go put my own box of frequently-worn shoes on top of Chris’s box of frequently-worn shoes.

Maybe something magical happens when you do this?


I’m waiting for the magical porthole to open?



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8 thoughts on “Shoes

    1. Lindy Post author

      Yep. Just like mine. Martial artists, in general, do not wear shoes; perhaps that is what you are thinking of?

    1. Lindy Post author

      Thanks! If I’m in a situation now where I’m without my wrestling shoes and it’s time to squat, I go barefoot rather than use my standard pogo stick shoes.

  1. Tanya

    Laughing hysterically over your “frequently worn boxed shoes on top of frequently worn boxed up shoes”. Luckily I am alone in the office so I don’t have to explain why! I do not have fancy wrestling shoes to lift in, but I think you probably make them look good! I either lift in minimalist running shoes or just go barefoot. I get weird looks and I am not 100% sure it is officially allowed to take your shoes off, but I am a rebel.

    Loving your blog Lindy!

    1. Lindy Post author

      I love hearing that I made someone laugh hysterically! Thanks for the compliment! I have also gone barefoot in the gym a few times when I didn’t have my wrestling shoes and no one ever said anything. I think it’s not allowed but that as women, we can get away with it :)

  2. Wayne Wright

    These shoes are very light compared to a lot of cross trainers. It is look great externally and I am glad to say that I found these shoes very comfortable. Highly recommended shoe!

  3. James Runion

    Wonderful story! For me, I love to wear athletic shoes because I feel comfortable walking on it. But When it comes to exercising, I feel wearing wrestling shoe because of some aggressive exercises that I have been doing in a gym. Thanks for sharing!

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