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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column boggled by some folks’ choice in “mountain footwear.”If you haven’t noticed, this winter has been particularly snowy, which makes for icy sidewalks and roads.

That’s why we were shocked to see a 20-something guy walking around in flip-flops recently while perusing the aisles at a local shop.This wasn’t one of those 40-plus degree days when the sun is shining brightly and it feels like a Summit County summer day outside. This was right in the middle of a vicious cold snap that caused our snot to freeze to our face every time we walked outside.

“This guys must be off his rocker – WHAT is he thinking? He’s going to lose a toe!” we thought to ourselves.We peered closer to see if we could spot any early signs of frostbite plaguing his exposed feet, but we didn’t want to look creepy, so we backed off.

We’re not knocking flip-flops. In fact, we love such an easy, comfortable choice in shoes, but we’re definitely of the mind that there is a time and a place, and mid-winter in Colorado has never struck us as meeting either criteria.Now, if we had seen this guy walking outside on his way to the hot tub, we probably wouldn’t have given it a second thought. But he was inside a store, which meant he had to have walked – at the very least – from his car across the parking lot, most likely slipping and sliding across the ice the entire way as most flip-flops aren’t exactly known for their Vibram soles. Not to mention, this sighting was at a certain outlet shopping mall in Silverthorne where people generally walk from store to store OUTSIDE to do their shopping. We kind of wonder of this brave (or should we say not-so-smart) soul made it through the evening with all ten toes intact.

If anyone can lend any insight as to why somebody would want to venture out in freezing temperatures without socks on, we would love to hear it. Send us a line at or call us at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13600.***A reminder to all dog lovers out there.The cute dog competition deadline has passed for submitting photos.We still have many to run before the finalists are announced.

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