My Keds are trying to kill me.

My Keds are trying to kill me.

March 30, 2012


Remember the shoes I posted about when I was too lazy to come up with something worthwhile to talk about? Well, I’ve already stained the toe of one of them beyond cleaning, and I just realized today that they are trying to kill me.

The night of the Potato Bake I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off and every so often I would slip a little and think, “Dang it, there’s something on the floor”.

Swipe, swipe, swipe – nothing. I figured they must have waxed the floors and I was just hitting the slippery spots.

I wore the shoes again today and several times came across a slippery spot on the floor. Finally I scuffed at the place to see if maybe sand had spilled there, when I looked at the bottom of my foot, I realized it was the sole of my shoe.

What the what?? There is a strip of rubber running around the outside of the shoe, and one strip of rubber under the balls of my feet, and the rest of the sole is some felt-like fabric?? I’ve already worn it down enough that I don’t know what it looked like originally, but this seems like a very strange design to me. I’ve googled ‘Keds slippery sole’ and nothing is coming up.

I’ll get you, Keds. *fist shake* With Nike as my witness, I will get you.

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11 Responses to “My Keds are trying to kill me.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    That fabric looks super absorbent. Have you worn them on a rainy day?

    They could be a good way to clean the floor. Soak them in cleaner, and slide, slide, slide…


  2. Lauren's dad Said on:

    I avoid neoprene soles on shoes for the same reason—they are slick! But it’s so nice that Mom grabs my arm when she’s walking on ice with her dress shoes—they have neoprene soles!


  3. Peggy Said on:

    I wonder if the maker of this shoe has multiple personalities. The dangerous side contributed the slick, fall & break your neck sole & the virtuous side added the life saving rubber border & piece thru the middle.

    (Btw: I read that spraying hairspray on slippery soles & letting it dry helps with slipperyness)


  4. Gretchen Said on:

    Maybe they’re actually bowling shoes.


  5. Beth Said on:

    That’s what the bottom of a good number of girl’s shoes looks like. I’ve wondered about it, and always thought that they were constructed that way to make ballerina twirling easier.

    Twirl away!


  6. John Brady Said on:

    I bet some gum on the bottom of your shoes would make them less slippery. I stepped in some one day after church and it was very effective!


  7. Curren Said on:

    My theory (as a swing dance fanatic) is that they think they’re putting the fuzzy stuff on the bottom for dancers. Keds are extremely popular in the swing dance scene (and maybe others?) and a slippery sole is good for spinning without twisting your knees and ankles to shreds. The irony: I found this post because it drives me nuts that they put the fuzzy bits everywhere EXCEPT the balls of your feet which would be what you’re usually spinning on. So I, too, have been wondering what on Earth they are seeking to accomplish with that design.


  8. Lynn Said on:

    I have the exact same problem while traveling! I goggled and found your post. I almost fell a few times while wearing it at a restaurant, initially intended to get for my child but Im taking it off the list for now until the bottom have some anti slip on.


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