New Feiyue Shoes

"Shoes and Kitty" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/40 sec, ISO3200
“Shoes and Kitty” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How are you?

Today something I have been waiting for arrived in our mailbox: new shoes! I fell in love with Feiyue sneakers when I was in China and brought a pair of white ones back with me to the States. However, they were quickly claimed by Bay (but I am happy he likes them!) so I was looking for some replacements. There are plenty of sellers on eBay and the prices were very reasonable – I bought these black sneakers for about $16 including shipping!

They are really comfortable and lightweight, but they don’t seem very durable but I think they are designed to be very flexible. It’s strange but the padding on the soles is biased towards the middle of the foot, so you feel very unstable… or you can think of it as giving you extra agility. 😆 After all, these are the sneakers favored by parkour enthusiasts and martial artists, not skaters.

Anyways, I love the look of the gummy soles even more than the white soles of the shoes that Bay took from me. And I had to tie the laces in the same way I’ve always tied them, which is simply that the pattern of the left and right do not match. I don’t remember when I started tying them this way, but it’s just something I always do now.

"New Shoes" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/80 sec, ISO3200
“New Shoes” Cedar Park, 2018
"New Shoes" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/40 sec, ISO3200
“New Shoes” Cedar Park, 2018

By the way, we don’t wear shoes inside our house normally – the only exception is with new shoes. 😀

I hope you had a nice day!


Converse Colors

"Black & Black & White" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/25 sec, ISO6400
“Black & Black & White” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。So, I’ve been wearing my black Converse a lot lately… like the past year or so. In fact, it’s the shoes I took to Morocco and Spain. And Stockholm before that. And Miami a while back. And to see SCANDAL, where I matched shoes with Rina! Everywhere. It got me thinking about the different colors of Converse again, and I am wanting a pair of red ones. It’s been a long time since I’ve owned a pair!

You know, I’m pretty sure that the type of converse you gravitate to can tell you a lot about your personality… but I don’t know exactly what those distinctions are.

However, here are a couple fun “analyses” for what Converse colors say about you. Enjoy!

I hope you had a nice Tuesday!


New Hikers

"Merrell Moab 2" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/40 sec, ISO6400
“Merrell Moab 2” Cedar Park, 2018

Hey there! Today I bought a new pair of hiking shoes, the Merrell Moab 2 Ventilators. Last week I went hiking and wore my Keen boots, but they are a size too small so when going downhill, my toes would hit the front of the boots. That’s not good. The reason I got the Keens was because I found them at an REI garage sale for only ~$15. They were good replacements for another pair of Keens that I bought for even less! So I couldn’t pass them up. However, as I found out last week, the small size won’t work for hiking.

Old boots and new replacements

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After a bit of research, I decided to go back to hiking shoes rather than boots. I used to wear hiking shoes a long time ago and thought they were great. I also decided to forego the waterproof models and try a ventilated model, and the Merrell Moab 2 Ventilators fit the bill. These feel great because the toe-box is large and fits my foot nicely. I tried on different sizes, using a very thick sock, which is comparable to my Darned Tough socks, so I am confident that the size I chose will work out well. Tomorrow I’ll put them to the test on the trail, since the weather looks good for a hike. 🌞🌲

But if for some reason they don’t work out, I can always return them because REI has an amazing return policy.

I hope you had a great day!