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Falsehoods I used to believe about shoes

10 February 2024 13:00

Once upon a time I used to divide shoes, boots, and other footwear, into two categories:

  • Things that had good soles and a good grip.
  • Things that were slippery and treacherous.

Nowadays I know better. When walking on snow, ice, or slush it isn't the sole of the shoe that causes you to slip, slide, and fall. It is you.

The shoes do make a difference, which is why people use icebugs (i.e. shows with little nails sticking out) and similar things. But really it's all about walking "properly":

  • One leg directly below you.
  • Put your feet down flat.
  • Shorter strides.
  • Horizontal movement is dangerous.

TLDR; be like a penguin.

Also - I seem to no longer appear on "Planet Debian". Weird. A problem for another day.

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