Perhaps you remember Earth Shoes—properly known as Kalsø Earth Shoes—which were invented in the late 1960s by a Danish yoga instructor and never went away, unfortunately. Oh, I’m sure there are people for whom that off-kilter “negative heel technology” has effected miracle cures. Personally, I’m relieved that a podiatrist told me never to wear them—they’re terrible for my particular foot structure—because I’d rather walk barefoot over burning coals than subject myself to that much clownitude.
However! About a year ago the Earth brand broke free of its orbit, so to speak, and introduced a new brand for women with the cute-if-not-exactly-inspired name Earthies. Unlike their hippie cousins, Earthies have platforms (yes!), heels (yes!), tapered toes (yes! yes!), and a semblance of up-to-dateness.
The Halley. Not bad at all!
I’ve tried on a couple of Earthies styles and found the wearing experience to be surprisingly pleasant. The “Wellness Footbed” inside the shoes has the most aggressive arch support I’ve ever worn, and because my feet have unnaturally high arches, I felt right at home.
However #2: That off-balance Earth Shoe heritage lives on—not in the shoes themselves but in the website copy, which is daffy at its best and deranged at its frequent worst.