In honor of Bike to Work Week here in Chicago, I thought I would share a bit about my very green commute to work each day. The Man and I both walk to work; his commute is about a half mile and mine closer to a mile. But living in downtown, driving would take longer, be far more expensive, and just not make any sense. We don’t bike to work; we couldn’t because our bikes were recently stolen from our building’s garage. (They were locked in a gated storage area, so I am not quite sure what happened. But now they’re gone.)
I recently purchased a pair of CitySlips, small, foldable ballet flats that fit easily into a purse for all those times when your feet are fed up with sky-high heels. I have worn them a couple of times after nights out on the town. And I wore these green shoes once for my “green” commute. I liked certain things about them; my feet felt as if I had no shoes on at all and they truly fit into just about any purse or bag. However, they are made for a quick trip home after a night out and not for a consistent commute. The thin soles took a beating after my round trip commute.
I know a walk or bike to work is not possible for everybody, but if it is an option, I would definitely recommend it. Despite the terrible winter weather and some very hot summer days, the refreshing twenty minute trip wakes me up in the morning and helps me decompress after a long day on the way home. No temperature controlled, traffic jammed ride in my car could beat the “green” commute.
Have any of you tried these shoes before? Or maybe something similar? Do you have any other thoughts or suggestions for great commuting or transitional shoes?