Here we are in August.
Since that is when auto batteries are usually on sale, I have made it an informal tradition, at this time of year, to do a little pre-winter prepping for my car, etc.
Recently, I got fed up with the slick soles of my most worn shoes. I went to my local cobbler and asked about some soles that would be very grippy--because it feels like i am on ice when there is little bit of water on the ground or floor. The cobbler showed me some Vibram soles and he re-soled my heels and the front soles.
Bottom line--I am very happy with that $48.00 purchase. I am now, gradually, bringing in more of my shoes for the same treatment. I had forgotten--due to becoming accustomed to slippery, well-worn soles--what it feels like to have soles that grip reasonably well. I actually feel that I have a spring in my step, again.
It occurred to me that the process of getting my shoes re-soled probably has added to my safety and sense of well-being. It may not be a stretch to say that it could also aid in a person's defensive posture. After all, slipping and sliding--maybe falling down--does nothing to help you in a time of crisis.
Just some food for thought that I thought I'd share.