The problem is that I couldn’t wear my favorite boots. The heels, although not very high, still allowed my Achilles tendon to shorten. If I wore them all day, I had Achilles tension the following day when I tried to exercise in a minimal sneaker.
This was a problem because I firmly believe that if a man has a good pair of boots and an attitude, there is nothing he can’t get done. Also, as a martial artist, I consider my boots important tools for self defense. You don’t understand. I need my boots.
Buying zero drop boots wasn’t an option. They just don’t make them (don’t ask me why, I have no idea). So I took them to Jerry’s Shoe Shop and had them pull off the old sole and put on a perfectly flat one with no heel. This cost me $50.00. They aren’t minimal (the new soles are about 1/2″ thick), but at least they won’t shorten my Achilles tendon, and if I want to go for a hike, work in the yard, or go on a globe-hopping expedition to find the Ark of the Covenant, I’ll get more support and protection that I would from Chuck Taylors.
Look out world. I got my boots back.
[UPDATE: I’m no longer in minimal and/or zero drop footwear. See the comments section below. If you have already transitioned without any trouble, enjoy! But if you’re just starting out, I strongly suggest that you turn back now and stick with regular shoes!]