Yes, we want a pixel watch

Michael Carroll: OK.

Lauren Goode: Mike, do you have any recommendations for this week?

Michael Carroll: slippers.

Lauren Goode: slippers.

Michael Carroll: I finished it with shoelaces.

Lauren Goode: Generally speaking, in life, what do you wear now? Well, you now have shoelaces.

Michael Carroll: These are elastic laces that can turn any lace-up shoe into a slip-on.

Lauren Goode: what?

Michael Carroll: yes. So I ride my bike. I don’t know if you know me, but I ride a bike and the laces don’t fit the bike because they can get stuck on the chain and get chain grease. If you have a fixed gear bike or a single speed bike or a coaster brake bike it is not safe for a shoelace to get caught in the chain and bring you to a sudden stop. So I usually, when I ride, don’t wear shoes with laces. And now that travel is an option again, I’m traveling more and more, and slip-ons are great for traveling because you’re going to be putting on and taking your shoes off a lot when you’re going through airports and things like that.

And like, I don’t like bending over to tie my shoes anymore because I’m old and it hurts. There are also loafers, which you can wear while standing. There are countless reasons why they are superior to shoes with laces. So I will try very hard to put on slippers. I threw out all my lace-up shoes except for running shoes because I haven’t found a good running shoe to wear. So if you have suggestions for running shoes without laces, please send them to me. However, I do have shoes with laces and I use those elastic laces instead, so it turns them into slip-ons.

Lauren Goode: As if you don’t want to run in shoes without laces.

Michael Carroll: They must be very comfortable. yes.

Lauren Goode: yes. They have to be very comfortable. They need ankle support.

Michael Carroll: yes.

Lauren Goode: It’s only part of the process, right?

Michael Carroll: yes.

Lauren Goode: I like it, fasten it.

Michael Carroll: This is good.

Lauren Goode: Go out for a run.

Michael Carroll: But in every other situation in my life, there are no shoelaces anymore.

Lauren Goode: What about the Velcro?

Michael Carroll: Velcro? Where are you from 1986?

Lauren Goode: yes. What’s wrong with 1986?

Michael Carroll: Do you also have a kangaroo with a small zipper pocket on the side of the shoe?

Lauren Goode: I don’t remember those.

Michael Carroll: OK.

Lauren Goode: Mike, I think you are much older than me.

Michael Carroll: Julian, you’re Team Slip-On, right?

Julian Chocatu: yes. Mainly because I’m lazy. I am 6 feet 4 inches tall. I have to bend very far to tie my shoelaces. I am lazy. I just want to wear something. And I have to walk the dog twice a day. I don’t want to tie my shoelaces or something. So I really like slip-on shoes.

Michael Carroll: yes. yes. I went to Vans, Sanuk, OluKai. There are a bunch of great options to choose from. so…

Lauren Goode: Oh well. So you are not 1986. You are in 1994.

Michael Carroll: no no. It’s all 2022.

Lauren Goode: OK.

Michael Carroll: yes. I am totally aware of my fashion choices. Thank you, Lauren.

Lauren Goode: Wear slippers when taking out the trash.

Michael Carroll: Well, that’s it. You are halfway there. OK Well, that’s our show. Julian, thank you as always for joining us to talk about Google.

Julian Chocatu: thanks. yes. thanks. It’s interesting.

Lauren Goode: Thanks Julian. very interesting.

Michael Carroll: Thank you for listening. If you have feedback, you can find us all on Twitter. Just check out the show description. The show is produced by Boone Ashworth. We will be back next week. So until then, bye.

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