No Shoes: The Triumph of Duh-Feet

What's clicking on the BPP blog, featuring the world-wide sensation created by "Feet Hurt? Stop Wearing Shoes," a story on yesterday's show.

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RACHEL MARTIN, host:

So, you know, yesterday we ran a story about feet.

MIKE PESCA, host:

Is that a pun? Ran? Feet?

MARTIN: Oh! It is now! Which for our blog turned out to be a surprisingly hot topic. I mean, seriously, like, more than a hundred people commented on the story. Web editor Laura Conaway is in studio to answer the burning question. What is the deal with the feet?

LAURA CONAWAY: What is the deal with the feet?

MARTIN: I don't know.

CONAWAY: It's hard to say. It seems to make people mad. Yeah. We had this guy Adam Sternbergh in from New York Magazine. He wrote a piece called "You Walk Wrong," and basically it just says that human feet are being forced to fit into shoes, basically changing everything about people right away. It's hurting us. It's bad for us.

MARTIN: It's hurting us!

CONAWAY: So, right away the argument went from people who want to go barefoot versus people who want to go with shoes, to just immediate 180 into evolution versus creationism.

MARTIN: Of course it did!

PESCA: Yeah. As they all devolve into.

MARTIN: Right.

PESCA: And then someone was called Hitler, and can we move on?

CONAWAY: Yeah. Actually, this guy was called a clown. They called Adam Sternbergh a clown, and basically a lot of people wanted to say, how dare this guy say shoes are bad for us? I mean, how dare he?

MARTIN: Really?

CONAWAY: It's not important to write an article.

PESCA: That's just the big foot lobby talking.

MARTIN: In defense of shoes.

CONAWAY: Yeah. I found that kind of stunning. I really did. But one person came in, the aptly named for a shoe debate, Molly Buckles...

MARTIN: Great name.

CONAWAY: Weighed in. She's an audiologist in Eugene, Oregon. She's nearing 60, and basically she says that she would like to switch to barefoot now, but it's just too hard. Let's hear the voice of reason, shall we?

(Soundbite of call)

Ms. MOLLY BUCKLES (Caller): If I could find a way to go shoeless, I probably would. I don't know if I'm willing to go through the pain and discomfort of it. I just want better shoes. I want shoes that reflect the way we really walk, and the way we really use our feet, and the efficiency of our feet better.

PESCA: That was Sternbergh's point, by the way.

CONAWAY: I think.

PESCA: Yeah.

CONAWAY: Better shoes. She actually got it. Anyway, we're going to be putting up the Kate Nash video. Didn't she sound great just a second ago?

MARTIN: Yeah. She sounded great. That was cool.

CONAWAY: Yeah. That's going to come later on today. And do you guys remember when Ian Chillag was trying to find a fan song for John McCain?

MARTIN: Yes! We were soliciting - we were asking people if they wanted to step up and write one.

CONAWAY: Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has come to the rescue.

PESCA: You mean he's a big BPP listener?

CONAWAY: He wrote a song called "Together Forever," and you know how I found out about it?

MARTIN: How?

CONAWAY: From our old Twitter friend. @BPPsucks Tweeted it. Let's hear this song. Here we go.

(Soundbite of song "Together Forever")

Unidentified Woman: (Singing) Hey, John. Hey, John. Come on. Come on. They'll be calling you every single night. Together. Together. Forever.

CONAWAY: So, I just want to say, thank you, @BPPsucks.

MARTIN: And for real, Orrin Hatch wrote this song?

CONAWAY: Yeah. He's a songwriter. He's written other...

MARTIN: I had no idea.

PESCA: I think that one is better than the old "Let the Eagle Soar," the old Ashcroft song.

CONAWAY: Yeah. That was one was a little bit tough, and you know, I have to say I've becoming a little bit fond of "It's Raining McCain," just because they're out of tune and in harmony, but I think Orrin Hatch, I've got to give it to you. That's a good one. @BPPsucks, thanks again.

MARTIN: Thank you, man.

PESCA: Was the deal with that the - by the way, "Raining McCain," that was supposed to be a joke, right?

CONAWAY: I think it was. That's my personal feeling.

PESCA: OK.

MARTIN: There you go. Laura Conaway edits our website and our blog. You can find us there, npr.org/bryantpark and twitter.com/bpp.

PESCA: And that's it for this hour of the BPP. We're always online at npr.org/bryantpark. I'm Mike Pesca.

MARTIN: And I'm Rachel Martin. And this is the Bryant Park Project from NPR News.

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