2001: A Space Odyssey is not only one of the greatest films ever made; it has maintained a far reaching influence on the popular imagination. Even the unfortunate few that have managed to deprive themselves of the ‘2001’ viewing experience would be able to identify the strains of Also Sprach Zarathustra, for instance. But beyond stirring classical music, homicidal, intelligent computers, and quasi-psychedelic light sequences is the idea of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The notion of the human condition as both gift and opportunity is represented by the monolith. The famous jet-black block of stone, in the movie, spurred the evolutionary acceleration of the human species. This was not a magic transference of abilities, but an impulse, to do and be something beyond. The proto-human ape still needed to pick up that first bone himself. How far would our bare feet carry us? How much flesh on ground and impact on unadorned bone and muscle before we were broken? Just as the wheel and the ship were the seeds that blossomed into the jet engine and the space shuttle, the technology of the running shoe can carry us further than ever before. Get out and explore; all these worlds are yours. Available now at Bodega.