Shoe review time!
I managed to obtain a pair of Converse One Stars recently. These are like a suede version of Chuck Taylor sneakers, with the same sole as Chucks but a more durable and supportive upper. Highly recommended for taiji. Unfortunately they are all but extinct, with only a few odd colors and sizes available on the web. Basically gone. Snap 'em up if you can find your size. ($45 - try the Converse website) Too bad.
Recently I tried some shoes by Vans, a suede model, all black, called Camacho. They are ok shoes for walking but just a bit too cushy and mushy for taiji. For some reason the tongue and sides are very thickly padded. They make good business casual shoes for winter time but are no good for taiji.
Last weekend they had a sale at a Mervyn's store near me on Converse EV Pro 2K5. I'm a sucker for these things, always searching for that perfect shoe so I had to try a pair. Like a lot of Converse shoes, I had to take size 9 rather than my usual 9 1/2. They were going for $50. Zappos has them for about $60. Here's the page at Zappos so you can see what they look like: http://www.zappos.com/n/p/p/7153685.html
These are excellent all around shoes and very suitable for taiji. They are much
wider than most shoes around the area of the ball of the foot, allowing the front of the foot to spread out nicely. Highly recommended for taiji and general use, such as business casual. One of the reviewers at Zappos had this to say about them, which I find entertaining:
"Aww Skeet Skeet! Converse done got crunk wit dis shoe! These boyz is tight! Madd soft on the dawgs, feels like I be rockin slippas. Dope star logo ta boot. "
[This message has been edited by JerryKarin (edited 07-27-2005).]