I hate shoes, I've always hated them. I've got some great ones that fit my feet like a glove, but I hate wearing them. As a kid I'd spend all summer outside, in the woods, barefoot. As soon as it's warm enough to kick off my slippers, I go barefoot in my flat and out in my garden. I only wear shoes on the city streets because I'm afraid of stepping on broken glass or worse. Most of all, I hate running shoes/sneakers/athletic footwear. I feel like I'm wearing two giant bread loaves on my feet and I'm always kicking myself or tripping or my balance is off. I've bought properly fitted and chosen ones that the salesperson swore up and down I'd never notice (I bought three pairs like this). No dice - I hated them and never wore them more than once or twice. I just don't like the feeling of shoes on my feet.
We got an elliptical a couple of weeks ago and we love it, we're using it every day, but the pedals have a raised pattern that's designed to help one's exercise shoes grip. The pattern digs into my feet after a few minutes so I've been wearing a pair of exercise shoes and I'm going to go mad if I have to wear them one more time. Wearing socks solves the digging pattern problem, but then my feet are a bit slippy. And socks are only slightly less irritating than shoes anyway.
Anyone have any suggestions on how to resolve my dilemma? Would some sort of padded mat glued to the pedals hold up? Is there a shoe substitute for finicky people like me?