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Terra Plana employs an innovative approach to shoe making. They strive to achieve the goals of urban respect and eco-sustainability while producing shoes that are good for your feet. Terra Plana creates shoes from recycled materials using an unusual combi
- Product Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- ASIN: B002FGUDNQ
- Item model number: AQUA
- Date first available at Amazon.com: October 6, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
On the design side, the picture is a little deceiving. The toe box is really wide, which is great for comfort but gives them an unconventional look (I'll leave it to the individual whether that is a good thing or not but it does not look like a typical sneaker/shoe). Also, there is padding around the heel. You can see it in the picture if you look, which makes them look fat at the heel. Lastly, they squeak when I walk across a hardwood floor.
However, given the odd look and squeaking they appear very well built and are far-and-away the most comfortable shoe I've ever owned. An additional plus, if you believe in the benefits of having strong feet, they are good for you. I'm of the mind that strong feet lead to better health all the way up the kinetic chain -- strong feet = healthy ankles, healthy ankles = healthy knees, healthy knees = health back, etc.
Bottom line: worth the price especially since there are almost no alternatives out there.
About the shoes... It took only a night of walking to get the hang of walking in these shoes. At first you'll walk as usual... either from heel to toe or heel and toe at the same time. After a bit of time you will start landing with the ball of your foot first and then the heel second (it helps if you actually walk barefoot for some time to understand the mechanics). It does not feel awkward, it feels much more stable. At the end of the night, your toes and the arch of your foot will -ache- not hurt from using muscles that haven't been used for such a long time.
The fit is suppose to be snug around the middle of your foot with room in the toe box, and about a thumbs width from your toe to the end of the shoe. Terra Plana recommends buying one shoe size larger than your normal pair and I can confirm that it was the right thing to do in my case (I'm normally a 7(40) and I got an 8(41). I tried a 9(42) and they were too big).
I wear loose fitting jeans and the "clown" look that you might hear/read from other reviewers is not noticeable at all with a loose fitting pair of pants. Buy a pair of these shoes!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had these shoes for six months, they look cool, but the soles are really bad. Don't wear them in a restaurant or in rain b/c the soles become very slippery and you may hurt... Read morePublished on October 31, 2010 by MCGOLIS
I've had my pair since Nov 2008 and love them - I probably wear them literally >85% of my shoe wearing days - yes they took sometime to get used to (like a week), but now my feet... Read morePublished on March 23, 2010 by Rogue Trooper