Thursday, 26 April 2012

Kate McVaugh brought Jambu Waterbug-Barefoot on an adventure to the Golden Gate Bridge. Read below to see how the Jambu Waterbug-Barefoot contributed to her journey!

"Jambu Waterbug-Barefoot - The Golden Gate Bridge"

I grew up directly across the bay from the Golden Gate Bridge. On most days I could look out and see its vibrant orange towers spanning the entrance to the bay, yet I had never stepped foot on its hallowed concrete and metal. May 27th will mark the 75th anniversary of that glorious feat of engineering. Not wanting to fight the massive crowds that are sure to be there for the celebration, I decided that now would be a good time to visit, especially since I had just received my sexy, black, Jambu Waterbug’s.

The weather was un-San Franciscanly hot; I knew that temps would hit close to 80 degrees. It rarely gets that warm in the middle of the summer, let alone in the first few weeks of spring. Accordingly, I set out in my lightest summer clothing.

Getting to San Francisco is a quick trip under the bay on BART, (our subway), but finding the right bus to get from downtown to the bridge was quite the walking experience. As I trekked up and down Market Street and over to the very crowded Ferry Building in hopes of finding the correct bus stop, I had forgotten that I was supposed to be road testing my Waterbug “barefoot sneakers…for women on the move.” I paused to reflect on this and realized that my feet were as comfortable as they could possibly be. I gave the Waterbug’s an A+ rating for the first part of my adventure.

Eventually I did find the proper bus stop and by that time it was hot enough that I was actually getting a bit sweaty; rather unheard of in San Francisco. But my Jambu-shod feet were another story; they had remained cool and dry. More points on the Waterbug scorecard.

It took forever for the bus to get to the bridge but I quickly forgot the arduous journey as soon as I gazed onto that magnificent structure. It truly is breathtaking.

Then I stepped off the bus and nearly swore; bummer, it was freezing! It doesn’t matter how many weather reports one checks, it will always be cold on the bridge with that wind blowing in from the ocean. Then again, that meant that there was no cloud cover and I had picture perfect views of the bridge.

Stepping onto the walkway, trying to avoid bicycles flying by, I shivered and knew I had keep my head down, battle the chill and  get to the first tower of the bridge before stopping. Wind whipped through my thin cotton shirt and I gave up on trying to wear the hat I had brought. Once at the first bridge tower, I moved into a protected section and again felt the glorious heat of the day. Time to rate the Waterbug’s and that’s when I realized that although I was freezing, my feet were not. How strange; no socks, breezy shoes, and warm feet. What an unexpected find! My feet were the only part of my body that had not suffered the biting, cold wind.

It really was a magnificent day and I thought about the men who had built this structure when the weather was never this good and the winds were often much stronger. How did they do it? And that was back in 1937!

Once warmed up, I sought out a fellow tourist to take a picture of me and the Waterbug’s. I handed a willing lady my pocket camera and she took two pictures. Only when I got home did I realize that there were no photos of me on the bridge.

Although the bridge is only 1.7 miles, this was not the day I would walk the entire length, although I know that my Waterbug’s would have allowed me to do so. What I love most about the Barefoot designs is that they allow your feet to move the way they are supposed to, unlike those “sturdy” encumbrances which leave me with aching toes and throbbing soles.

Maybe one day I will get back out to the Golden Gate and walk all the way to Sausalito. If I do, I know that my Jambu Waterbug’s will be on my feet.

Kate McVaugh

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  1. I just bought my jambu waterbug last week when I had a short trip to DC. I love it! Extraordinary comfortable, but there's only 1 complaint from me. It's kind of hurting in the back ankle, makes a little bit blisters.

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  3. “ Maybe one day I will get back out to the Golden Gate and walk all the way to Sausalito. If I do, I know that my Jambu Waterbug’s will be on my feet.”- I support you!!!

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