and I like it.
For those of you playing along at home I AM still in the mode of saying ‘no thank you‘ to most offers for product reviews.
As a reader it isnt what I like to typically see on blogs (Im nosy. I want your thoughts, feelings and navel-gazings) and I always assume you’re precisely as I am.
So Ive decided to say no to reviews.
Until I change my mind…as every misfit reserves the right to.
And the fact said surprise would be something Id HAVE to wear to yoga in order to review (hello free motivation!!) was more than a little bonus.
You see, the Blake Brody shoes have no SOLE:
They are designed to be worn DURING yoga and, since they have no bottom beyond the gripper, misfits like I cant get em, wear em around, & never use em for yoga (greetings 99.9% of my running shoes).
The grips offer traction, ENHANCE our feets sense of the ground & allow for complete pointing and flexing freedom.
The arch of the sole-free shoe is designed based on foot mapping and helps protect against cramping while NOT hindering movement.
And did I mention I was smitten with how they looked and felt?
They were like a pretty foot-glove covered in hearts.
While I loved the look & feel of the Blake Brody studio shoes my hesitation was two-fold:
- Would wearing them practically announce to the class I was NOT a yogi?
- Would wearing them to class inhibit my ability to feel GROUNDED? The feeling I most seek from yoga…
My answers were NO and NO.
I should know myself better than to think I would care what other people thought (*cough* misfit *cough*). I brought the shoes. I slipped em on. No one said a word (till after class when a few women asked where Id gotten them).
I also found they did NOT inhibit my ability to feel as though yoga was grounding me. I didnt feel the sense of having ‘shoes on’ and more than anything wasnt distracted by the studio shoes either.**
I adored them.
What didn’t I love?
My first inclination was to say the price (they arent cheap) yet the fact Ive perused the online boutique over and over and DROOLED is an indication —at least for me—-they’re not too overpriced.
Are they necessary?
Heck no. That said, Im all in for anything which helps me look forward to yoga in a way I dont normally. Some of you may not need props and prod’ings—-I do. Im not there yet.
Would I recommend them?
I really would. They’d make a fantastic gift —-to a woman in your life or
to me to yourself.
**I havent done hot yoga in the studio shoes yet. Im a sweater. I wonder if I shall drown my poor lovely heart topped shoes during the 90 minutes of poses? Ill keep you posted. The shoes are treated with anti-microbial & anti-odor so there’s that BIG saving grace…
FTC the shoes were free and a kindasorta early birthday present to me! The yammerings of love, allergies and back owies are all my own.