The last time you'll buy shoes (Thought experiment: You'll get to a point in life where mundane objects might last longer than you do)
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- The Last Time You'll Buy Shoes
- Jul 27 2020
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- 262 words
I personally hope to have a quite large number of years left and yet also like to think I've bought the last of a couple of items. My leatherman for example might last long enough as I know people who've had theirs for plenty of years. Maybe even my last car if the current one lasts me enough years and I move to the city before it dies. Its an odd way of measuring mortality in items though.
While I know this is supposed to be a joke, I did get fitted for running shoes 8 years ago and I have bought the same pair of shoes 4 times. Now, I have heard that running shoes have a finite lifespan in the amount of miles you can run in them, but I typically run my shoes until they are falling apart. Once you find something that works, you don't need to keep up with consumerist culture and upgrade every set amount of time. I know some of you can relate when it comes to tech hardware.
Just a warning, you could be setting yourself up for injuries by running in beaten up shoes.
That's pretty debatable. Only if you are running with a heavy heel-strike and relying on the cushioning to take the impact. You don't really need the cushioning if you run with proper form. Of course if we are talking about the shoe getting so worn out the bottoms get uneven etc., that's not good.
What was the optimal running form again? I used to run a few years ago but stopped and am now going to start again after this week. Was it put the front of your foot down and then the heel follows? I still remember the breathing patterns and all the other stuff but have forgotten how I used to place my feet.
I've been running in minimalist shoes a long time and switched to running barefoot a while back, so the points to focus on may be a bit different. Nevertheless, I don't really focus on the foot placement that much, because it can just be confusing. Instead I try to keep a high cadence at about 180, and focus on lifting my heels off the ground as soon as they land. Also making sure your foot lands under your center of mass is very important, but this comes pretty naturally if you make an effort not to overstride. I'd say my foot lands pretty much in the middle. Here's a nice vide about running form:
I really recommend trying barefoot running a bit (on pavement or hard surface, but take it slow), because it tends to correct your form a lot without having to think about it too much. Or then you get blisters telling you what you did wrong :)
I have no idea about breathing patterns.
I'm the biggest fan of $10 supima cotton shirts at Uniqlo, and a bunch of other things (underwear, socks—not the same brand, but all unbranded). When something is the right item/tool for you (doesn't have to be the absolute best) you can opt to avoid investing further mental energies in a constant reevaluation. No need to look for Steve Job's uniform either, others will share a similar approach:
I feel you there.
I have an entire dresser drawer filled with just plain cotton white shirts. Some are V-necks but most are just your standard t-shirt. My life is way simpler, especially now that I am working from home, where I can just pull a random clean shirt out of my drawer and move on with my day. I have a few people who like to quip that I have "given up" but I consider it the opposite. I'm free to pursue more fulfilling and interesting things when I don't have to make a decision at each step. Plus, a well fitting white t-shirt looks good on me, so why mess with success?
I don't think about this so much in terms of objects, but I have thought about it in terms of my favourite art and media. At some point I will get to an age where there will literally not be enough time left in my life for me to go through and listen to all my favourite albums and songs and pieces. My fiancee and I have a substantial music collection and at some point its collective length will be longer than the time we have left. It makes me melancholic sometimes.
This is the reason why bananas are purchased individually at Trader Joes. No Joke
I agree, although unless you get a mortal disease or enough diseases at once, I don't think most of us would be able to tell when that was becoming true for everyday things.