Magazine article Working Mother

Fit with Flip-Flops

Magazine article Working Mother

Fit with Flip-Flops

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The only place i could get a moment of peace was the bathroom, so i moved my desk into mine, and that's where i tried to figure out what was next for me. i had sold Bliss Spas and just had my son Louie. Sitting there ruminating, and feeling my bottom getting bigger, i thought, I've got to go to the gym! then i thought, When?! For lots of moms, working out gets pushed to tomorrow's to-do list. there's so much running around; so much you need to do. then it came to me: wouldn't it be great to have a flip-flop that tones your muscles?

No special trips to spin class; you could walk your dog and take your kids to school. these walks would work a little bit harder for you. and if you're doing one thing that's positive, you might do other things to take care of yourself. your shoe might inspire you to walk faster and pass up that chocolate bar at four o'clock.

Proud of my aha idea, i met shoe designers for coffee, asked them to sign a nondisclosure agreement and explained that i wanted to make a shoe that tones your legs. they'd say, "i just draw shoes." But i suppose i'm quite good at staying on course without much regard for what others think.

i started researching biomechanics, and i must have spent 100 hours on grim British trains attempting to find someone to design my shoe. Finally, at London South Bank University they said, "we know how to do that." they could make a prototype for $11,400. i waited on pins and needles. and my heart sank when i first saw it; it looked like a chunk of coal with two ropes on the sides. …

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