snapshots of an idle mind

December 30, 2005

i’ve learned something

Filed under: Uncategorized — sassinak @ 6:03 pm

i’ve learned that the shoe you have on your foot makes an enormous difference to what your body is doing. how have i learned this?

well lsd and i are the same size (probably not in pants but otherwise yeah) so i borrowed his shoes (la sportiva testarossas) and took them for a test drive. he handed them to me and said ‘i’m sorry but i’ve just cost you $150 bucks’
so i laughed and i put them on and yeah. he really did.

it’s not just that they’re fucking awesome, which they are. it’s that it brings home to me just how shitty my shoes actually are. my shoes suck.

[it is amazing how distracting looking for shoe pictures is when you want new shoes]

fortunately i felt a little better because lsd’s other shoes (this might not be them… the colours don’t seem right):

sucked. well okay they didn’t suck but i didn’t like them nearly as much. or perhaps it was that i didn’t feel really like i was stuck to the wall with them at all. i preferred the fit to mine although i didn’t love the heel of the slipper but i know that that would come with time. mostly they just didn’t have any more grab than the crap that i have now. the testarossa’s? i felt like spider man!

regardless i don’t want lace up shoes so of course i fall for a pair of lace up shoes. that’s one thing that lsd and hcg agree on actually; that those la sportiva testarossa’s are rocking shoes. i think the other thing hcg and lsd agree on is that i’m fun to make fun of. was an entertaining dinner anyway.

it was cool to really try shoes instead of putting them on and doing three moves with them while you’re cold and not in climbing mode and on the shitty wall at the shoe store. i still want to try on a lot more shoes but my idea of what i want in feel and fit is really different now.

i want WAY smaller shoes than i thought that i did. way smaller. like one and a half or two sizes smaller.

anyway i climbed a lot of routes in the slippers and i did a couple of traverses with the lace ups and i was also concentrating on moving slowly and i think i sort of didn’t notice how hard i was working because new bits were sore and i didn’t notice them at the time.

i’ve sort of developed a list of body parts that i should pay attention to while climbing because they are the bits most likely to hurt not so good the next day… and that list is wrong in different shoes.

i’m sore in my inner thighs like crazy and i don’t usually feel them at all when i climb. not at all. that had actually concerned me a little but it had never occured to me that that could be caused by my shoes. who knew.

i knew i wasn’t using that inner line enough, in fact it’s something that happens to me when i do pilates or other exercise as well. the one thing all of my teachers agree on is that i’m not into that inner foot/big toe line nearly enough. it NEVER occured to me that in climbing that would relate to the shoes. in retrospect it’s totally obvious.

this has then passed up my body and caused the inner line of my arms and some new back muscles to greet me with a grimace.

it’s pretty neat stuff this new shoe idea.

thanks for the loans lsd, it’s made shopping a lot easier.

course it’s also made the need for the shopping WAY more immediate.

way more.




  1. Sass- ummm, this has NOTHING to do with shoes :)

    I’m not sure if you’ll be looking at your comments or email first. But I needed you to email me your address.

    I have something special for you and I need to send it :)


    Comment by Everything nice — December 31, 2005 @ 10:28 pm | Reply

  2. are you saying, in the immortal words of Mars Blackmon, that “it’s gotta be the shoes?” LOL

    Comment by DZER — December 31, 2005 @ 11:12 pm | Reply

  3. bubbles: i’m going to email you right now.

    and it has a lot to do with shoes… it’s just never about only what i’m writing about… if it were it wouldn’t be my blog. :)

    happy new year!

    dzer: yup, yup i am. i’m saying that i might even get shoes before a tire alignment

    Comment by sassinak — January 1, 2006 @ 2:30 am | Reply

  4. Nice shoes, I looked at those here myself. When I get my gas check I’m getting a helmet (a Camp Star) and shoes (Sportiva Miura). You have me wanting to climb SO bad!

    Comment by castufari — January 1, 2006 @ 8:37 am | Reply

  5. Interesting how this piece could almost be a metaphor…

    at least I can read into it as such, even though it’s just a shoe piece ;)


    Comment by Everything nice — January 1, 2006 @ 12:46 pm | Reply

  6. Sass, I really liked his shoes as well and I’m in mythos. I tried on a pair of evolv athena’s and they friggin rocked my world. You should give them a try

    Comment by beaus — January 1, 2006 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

  7. oh yeah, i could use your opinion sass….check it out.

    Comment by beaus — January 1, 2006 @ 1:13 pm | Reply

  8. cast: i’ve seen a lot of people in those at our gym and most of them are good so i’m thinking you aren’t making a bad choice. i still have a lot of pairs to try on myself.

    and i have that influence on you a lot *grin* and i like it. i like that my friends are influenced by my choices… in fact my sis recently told me that my family has changed because of my fitness addiction!

    bubbles: it could be… and in some ways it is. but mostly it’s about shoes. :)


    beaus: i tried on a pair of evolv predators at my gym but i didn’t climb in them cause the gym was closing. i definetely found them to be worth another look and i stab at a wall so i’m not surprised that you liked them too. my feet freaking loved them except for my over long second toe which felt scrunchy and unhappy.

    okay on my way for checkin’

    Comment by sassinak — January 1, 2006 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

  9. roughly 150



    Comment by Light Strikes A Deal — January 2, 2006 @ 9:52 pm | Reply

  10. um

    Comment by sassinak — January 3, 2006 @ 12:10 am | Reply

  11. May you prosper sassinak! black metal futon is a great reflection of your intricate knowledge.

    Comment by Sharon Lee — May 8, 2006 @ 8:32 am | Reply

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