At first it didn't occur to me to post about this but after mentioning them to some friends, they insisted I do so.
I think I mentioned before that Jamey is a runner. He hasn't raced in a few years but still feels best when he runs regularly. He's a long distance runner- preferring ultra-marathons over shorter distances that focus on speed. This is why he recently picked up the book Born to Run. The book highlights the Tarahumara, an indigineous Mexican tribe who have become well known for their physical endurance- specifically in long distance running. In recent years the book has inspired interest in running barefoot or with minimal footwear. The idea is that modern running shoes coddle our feet and cause a running form that makes us more prone to injuries. The book inspired him to try a different type of minimalist running shoe called 'huaraches.' He was particularly interested in trying them because he could make them himself. And, you know, we like to save money.
Not only has he made himself a pair (and has been running and doing yard work in them) but he also made pairs for all three of our kids. On warmer days, the kids prefer to slip these on (they don't need tying each time) to go out and play. Jamey is impressed with how comfortable they are and how well they stay on his feet. I have fussy feet that crave all kinds of support so I haven't accepted his offer to make a pair for me. He thinks my fussy (and wimpy) feet would benefit from these and while I think he's probably right (please don't tell him I said so) I'm not sure I'm ready. I mean, they're tire walls for heaven's sake.
I think all this is very amusing especially when a friend pointed out that they sell something very much like them online for quite a bit more than what Jamey paid to make his (which is nothing except for a few dollars worth of bungee-cord for the kids version and paracord for his - the old tire was free).
So, friends, there you have it! Are they all you imagined? ;-)