Active Lifestyle Shoes
What are you favorite sandals for an active lifestyle?
Mine—hands down—are Tevas! And this year they’ve come up with a style I’ve been looking for for years: Sports Tevas that are platforms!!
Teva actually calls them Teva Flatform Universal Sandals, likely because you’re on a flat platform… for maximum comfort and distribution of weight, so greater stability, comfort, agility, and free to walk in your normal gait. They also have a flip-flop style called Flatform Sandals that includes an adjustable ankle strap.
As you will see in the video, I like them both but slightly favor the Teva Flatform Universal Sandals because they have greater stability and adjustability.
short petite ???? 5′ 1″, I prefer wearing platforms shoes. I don’t really mind being short, and didn’t even notice that I was in my youth because many people in Hawaii, where I grew up, are on the short or petite side. But it’s usually a whole lot more convenient begin taller, and besides, clothes look better and tall people can eat more too, but that’s another issue not resolved by platform shoes.
With platform shoes, it’s easier to hug taller people (I don’t get a crick in my neck hugging my husband and son, who are 5′ 9″ and 5′ 11″ respectively), it’s easier to reach things in my kitchen, and most pants fit better without needing to hem the length, plus the added slimming benefit of looking taller.
So, a couple years ago all my flip flops, sandals and shoes were 2-3″ platforms, (and I prefer platforms over heels because they’re more comfortable and easier on your feet than pushing most of your weight onto the balls and toes of your feet, which creates a whole other list of problems). But I noticed a few things that were a distinct disadvantage in wearing platform shoes and sandals.
Next page: Disadvantanges and dangers of platform shoes.
Disadvantages and Dangers of Platform Shoes, (and why Tevas are better).
1. Sprains & Falling
You can occasionally fall off your platforms with risk of a twisted ankle. Because I’m relatively fit, while I did “fall off” my old platform flip flops on occasion, the fast-twitch fibers saved me by quick reaction adjustment that prevented a fall or twisted ankle. Still, it’s not a pleasant experience, and can even be embarrassing if you happen to be walking in public places and it happens. A 60-something-year-old lady I know of just broke her ankle badly by falling off her platforms.
We tend to not walk normal in platforms, and changing your gate can change your physiology, and likely not for the better. Especially if the platforms fit a bit loosely, causing you to sort of scrunch your foot up to hold onto the sole to keep it from flinging off.
2. Weight Gain
It’s easier to gain weight with platforms. Yes!! Strange as it may sound, consider how if we look taller in a full-length mirror with longer pants over platforms, it’s a slimming look that can be deceiving. Remove the platforms and come back closer to earth and it’s like gaining 10 pounds in an instant. Not a pleasant discovery.
3. Harder to Be ‘On-The-Go’
And lastly, it makes it harder to have an active lifestyle because it’s not easy—and is likely a bit dangerous—to run in platform shoes or flip flops. In fact it tends to slow down your gate altogether.
An active lifestyle means being ready to jump up and go—quickly—at a moment’s notice, which includes not worrying about changing shoes. So with platforms, we tend to walk more slowly and move more carefully. Just consider the difference in agility you feel in your running shoes versus your dress heels. It’s a similar difference in flats versus the typical platforms.
It’s a similar difference in flats versus the typical platforms.
However, with Tevas Platform Sandals, that all changes. Of course, these are not made for running. So while I actually do run/jog in my regular Teva Tirras, I’m not donning the Teva Flatforms for an intentional run, nor am I wearing them to the gym.
I can, however, walk briskly and spry, run to the mailbox and back, or out the door to call in a barking dog, and I can jump up to answer the door, or do some spontaneous jump squats to revive and refresh after sitting too long at my desk.
Next on Page 3: Teva’s for Travel!
Teva’s: for Travel and Everyday Wear
My family and I just got back from an amazing adventurous week in Florida. The first 2/3 of the trip my daughter, Devani and I, were serving as volunteer staff for an amazing event with our friends at Board Meetings International. This was my kind of vacation: an entrepreneur’s volunteer service vacation, where we were and on our feet most of each day, being very active, serving and having fun, with inspiring fellow entrepreneurs and their kids, all there to learn and play together.
The last 1/3 of the time we met up with my husband, Coleman, and son, Nikolai, for a family adventure at Harry Potter World in Orlando… something the “kids” had been really keen to experience for two more days on our feet doing lots of walking.
So basically, my new Tevas were strapped securely to my feet all week for miles of walking, jogging, stairs, beach and airports, being very active, and they were awesome and perfect for the job, with no blisters!
The only downside to my old sports Tevas I have is that the footbeds are not odor proof after living in them for almost six months of an active summer lifestyle. They do wash well in the washing machine, but I recommend using fabric bags to protect any other garments from the velcro straps. Meanwhile, hoping that these new platforms will be more odor impervious (and so far so good)!
So if like me, you enjoy a little bit of elevation from your shoes, and you enjoy active lifestyle sports sandals, you’ll probably love these Tevas too. There are some other newer styles I’d like to try when my flatter ones wear out, but that could be a long time, because these sturdy Tevas seem to last forever!
If you give them a try, please let us know which ones you get and how you like them. We’d love to hear from you in comments below this article and/or on our Facebook page.
Oh! In case you don’t want to watch the video, I’ll mention my experience of sizing for these. They only come in full sizes, but I’m usually a perfect 6.5. I tried both 7’s and 6’s, and the 6’s fit perfectly. So if you’re also a solid half size, you’ll probably want to round down to the next size too.
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