Monday, February 1, 2016

Hawaii: The ecstasy of da feet.

A week or three in Hawaii rejuvenites the body, mind, and soles of your feet. Indeed, the universality of the Aloha spirit is due in large part to the shared freeing of the ten little piggies in tropical waters and sand beaches. In the Islands, most everyone is barefooted or in flip-flops. No one wears shoes when entering a private home.

Called slippers (slippahs), the most chic among flip-flops are the Locals, your basic rubber model to be purchased for a couple bucks at Long's or ABC store. But for extended walking, you may want to invest in a higher-end model with arches, tread, and a wider strap. Teva and Reef are among the brands to look for. These babies will get you around town or along a trail, and then can be strapped to the pack or carried when you hit the surfy sands. Tip: Avoid the strap-on sandals, since sand gets caught in the webbing and will quickly rub your feet raw.

Walking on the beach will the smooth the tootsies faster than a pedicure, and also is self-administered reflexology, imparting the well-being of a prolonged foot massage. Tip: If caught barefooting on scorching sands, dig down a few inches to where the sand is cool, and repeat the trick until you reach shade or water.

After a vacation your feet will transform from flesh pods normally encased  by socks, laces and leather, to the five-digit appendages that are siblings to your hands. The Trailblazer guides are full of coastal beach walks (wild and luxury) where you can free your sole. They're available online on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powell's Books and on the shelf at your local independent bookstore.