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My Favorite Walking Route and Privo Shoes

Updated on February 20, 2017

Privo Walking Shoes for Women

My walking exercise starts at the front door and I always have on Privo walking shoes. This daily routine is rather new. I walked last summer and stopped for the winter, simply because it got dark too early. Now the days are longer and I am starting this extra exercise because I need to trim the extra pounds I gained from the last vacation in Nuevo Vallerta. Food is good in Mexico.

This photo is what I saw one evening when I started a walk. Spot is in front of my house on the city walk. I have found that living on the edge of the mountains is as varied as living on the edge of the ocean, which some can do if they live in Southern California in LA County. I literally ran back for the camera to get off a couple of shots of this view. The colors disappeared so fast. I feel so fortunate to get a bright one. Get a copy at Zazzle for yourself in Paperfacets Cards and Sentiments.

My walking route is in the neighborhood along the sidewalks, past a few yards with barking dogs and a thoroughfare with cars going about 40 miles an hour; not too many cars, about four a minute, after everyone is home from work. It is suburbia, after all.

What is pleasant about the walk is views of mountain ridges, a well kept neighborhood, and a pair of my best walking shoes. I will always have a pair of Privo walking shoes by Clark's in the closet.


image:Amazon.com
image:Amazon.com

Clark's Privo Shoes

My current pair of walking shoes (right) have excellent cushion in the inside and black wrap outer sole that provide good balance without being heavy or unattractive. The outer sole includes nonskid bottoms with floor grabbing ovals. The rubber sole wraps up around the toes for ease of stride, and protects from shallow amounts of water to keep feet dry.

A must for my footwear is a bendable flat bed. Most Privo Styles have that.

I did buy mine at the Nordstrom's Rack a couple of years ago and Amazon has only two sizes. If they were my size I would buy them, because they are wonderful shoes. Would have been nice to replace mine, they are only good enough for neighborhood walking now. Too messed up for a photo here.

I wear 7.5 and this shoe is an eight. Sizes may be a tad small.

a/o June 2, 2013.

I am glad to report that I found "like new" size 8 shoes on ebay exactly like the pair I already have. I bought them for a total price of $23.50. Now I have a clean pair for vacation that is coming up at the end of June. I will need them for a daily walk on the beach walkway.

The Slip On Walking Shoe

The slip on Privo shoes are attractive and I use them as an air travel shoe and feel confident that my feet are comfortable and well covered. Easy off at the airline check points, that is a plus for convenience.

Some of the slip-ons are available in bright colors for those that favor color or something to match an outfit. It is surprising how a bright green or mustard color can go with many outfits.

Privo Slip Ons for Women

Clarks Women's Clarks Haley Lark Skimmer
Clarks Women's Clarks Haley Lark Skimmer

Browse sites online for the many styles of the skimmer. I have a beautiful pair of shimmer flats for travel by Privo.

 

Photo Clips of My Favorite Walking Route - Note:Place cursor over thumbnail to read captions

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Ridge to the west. This ridge casts a cooling shadow over the whole neighborhood at 7pm.Jacaranda trees were introduced to California in the early 20th century to beautify cities in the LA basin.Purple jacaranda blooms and manicured lawn.Looking north to the mountains.Last remaining lot with old growth oak trees.Looking east there is another ridge that is in the city of Claremont. All the ridges, at one time or another, were impacted by wild fires. Claremont lost homes one year. Our neighborhood has escaped damage by wild fire.Property owners need to build around old growth oak trees.This oak canopy covers the width of this property.
Ridge to the west. This ridge casts a cooling shadow over the whole neighborhood at 7pm.
Ridge to the west. This ridge casts a cooling shadow over the whole neighborhood at 7pm.
Jacaranda trees were introduced to California in the early 20th century to beautify cities in the LA basin.
Jacaranda trees were introduced to California in the early 20th century to beautify cities in the LA basin.
Purple jacaranda blooms and manicured lawn.
Purple jacaranda blooms and manicured lawn.
Looking north to the mountains.
Looking north to the mountains.
Last remaining lot with old growth oak trees.
Last remaining lot with old growth oak trees.
Looking east there is another ridge that is in the city of Claremont. All the ridges, at one time or another, were impacted by wild fires. Claremont lost homes one year. Our neighborhood has escaped damage by wild fire.
Looking east there is another ridge that is in the city of Claremont. All the ridges, at one time or another, were impacted by wild fires. Claremont lost homes one year. Our neighborhood has escaped damage by wild fire.
Property owners need to build around old growth oak trees.
Property owners need to build around old growth oak trees.
This oak canopy covers the width of this property.
This oak canopy covers the width of this property.

Daily Walking Route

20 years ago I walked by time, between 45-60 minutes and I could walk up and down hills fine. At retirement age it seems every time I start up walking again I need to work up to the stress gradually, the reason why I have a fixed walking route.

If I keep up the effort I can add a couple of property lengths each week and not feel super stressed by the time I get to the front door again. A plus with this route is all the way back home is various levels of up grades, a good stress workout.

I hope the pictures and captions give you some idea of what one part of LA county is like. Every year in the dry months we, in SoCal, endure the forest and wild fires consuming chaparral, trees, homes and dry brush. The other part of the year we hear about every drop of rain that falls here, in radio news, TV and the newspapers.

Browse All Styles of Walking Shoes

I like the slip on shoes because I tend to get swollen feet if I stand for a long time, but Privos come in lace ups, Mary Janes and sandals.

Search "all" with "walking shoes for women" to see ECCO, New Balance, AVIA, Sketchers and more....for your favorite brand walking shoe.

New and Slightly Used Privos

I searched for size 8 at eBay. Put in your size in Ebay's search box to narrow your choices. I hate to see what I missed because it is not my size. I have seen many slightly used shoes I would buy for half price or less. Like I mentioned above new shoes from eBay can be very affordable. If the inserts for your Privos are worn out, consider buying a whole new shoe.

The pair I bid for in June fit identical to the old pair. I will have no problems breaking in the new pair.

I Gave Up the Athletic Shoe

enhanced oak
enhanced oak

I found that with all the choices of athletic shoes I still had problems when it was time to wear them and actually do some walking. I believe the socks, the lace up to the ankle, and the heavier weight just added up to: uncomfortable. I am a big barefoot person, anyway. Let's face it I am never going to run in my life again, so I do not need a running type shoe.

Do you wear athletic shoes for walking?

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Other Photo Op at my Front Door

I looked up from the sidewalk at the end of my walk and I saw this cloud formation. Another run to the house for the camera.

Lenticular Clouds

Lenticular Clouds
Lenticular Clouds

© 2013 Sherry Venegas

Happy Walking and Hoping You Find the Perfect Shoe

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    AlleyCatLane 2 years ago

    I need some new walking shoes as my neighbors and I walk about 3 miles every morning, and my Nikes are giving out. I'll check these out.

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    Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

    I like the basic flat sole shoes that are flexible, and preferable the lace up ones.

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    Rose Jones 3 years ago

    Thanks for the heads up on this great pair of shoes and also lenticular clouds. Pinned to my shoes board.

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    noner 3 years ago

    I feel like I HAVE to have a thick soled sneaker for walking in. Otherwise my feet just ache too much after a very short time.

    (I got here via Marsha's Lens Hop)

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    poutine 3 years ago

    I wear New Balance shoes for my walk.

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