---Would you tell me your encounter with the shoes? I started to play survival game as a hobby, then a friend who invited me to the game recommended the shoes to me. They are commonly used in the US Navy Special Forces, can grip any wilderness, and their footsteps are comparatively silent. After buying, I played survival game wearing them all day long, but somehow I wasn't tired. I thought they could be used to operate a steadicam, so I started to wear them on business.
--What do you think about shoes? I believe that how to choose shoes is very important for steadicam operators. I've met various shoes like running shoes, air soles, trekking shoes... And I've always chosen them with soft and highly resilient soles. Because I felt soft soles didn't make my feet get tired particularly on the operation over long hours. Though they are unsteady. Hard soles are highly stable, but they make my feet get tired easily. At a workshop of Tiffen I was told to choose hard one. Contrary to Hollywood, I work long hours in Japan, so I tended to look for good cushioning shoes. Therefore choosing shoes was always difficult issue for me. Just then, I found the Salomon shoes.
--Are Salomon's soles also soft? No, they are rather hard, though somehow they don't make my feet get tired. They are perfect shoes for me who looked for comfort and stability. Plus, the shoelaces can be tied just pulling. There is no need to worry about coming loose. And GTX means "Gore-Tex". Since the shoes are waterproof and my feet don't get wet on the operation in the rain, they are so comfortable.
--All shoes you have are black! Why? Steadicam operators work in various sites. In addition, we often film a person at close range. So I frequently wear black clothes. Especially on live concert filming, black shoes are required. I chose the black shoes for undertaking any and every job.
Salomon shoes are best for me now, but there may be excellent shoes I've never met. I'll meet various shoes from now on. Looking forward to such encounter, I want to keep on learning steadicam operation and shoe-choosing.