Even though I live in the middle of Los Angeles, 10 minutes away is a wild, beautiful canyon where I love to hike. These are the shoes I wear to hike the canyon. They look like the love child of a tennis shoe and a hiking boot.
After months of shooting pains down the back of my left leg, it occurred to me to take a closer look at my shoes:
Good grief! There's hardly any heel remaining on the left shoe! How did I let them get this way without noticing? (Well, I did have those shooting pains....)
Inside, the shoes aren't in much better shape. This is the back of the heel:
And the sole is almost entirely worn away. By contrast, that's one of my brand-new canyon-hiking shoes, below the worn one. Obviously, I should have bought the new ones months ago:
I may be the only woman I know who doesn't like shopping for shoes.