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What Erin Brockovich Can’t Live Without

Photo-Illustration: Retailers / Photo: Ian Willms

If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair, but the hairspray and the electric toothbrush. We asked environmental activist Erin Brockovich — whose book Superman’s Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It was released last week — about the organic coffee, electric toothbrush, and boots she can’t live without.

I brush my teeth four or five times a day: the minute I wake up, after breakfast, after lunch, midday, and before I go to bed. Sometimes even twice; I’ll get into bed, and it still feels dirty, so I’ll go back and do it again. I love this toothbrush, I really do. The vibration works. It feels good on my gums, and really brightens my smile.

If I’m doing yoga, and I’m down on my knees and lifting my butt up, I don’t want to wear leggings that you can see through. At the same time, I’m like Goldilocks: I don’t like the superthin ones, but some are too thick. The Lululemon material is just right. It isn’t so heavy, but I have assurance that you can’t see my butt in them. I own eight pairs; they’re my staple. With the right boots, a perfect blazer, and my Lululemons, I’m good to go.

A.S. 98 boots are kind of like a more hip-looking Doc Marten. Some are a little more streamlined, but there are also pairs with buckles and zippers. The ones I tend to wear the most have a washed-out, vintage navy look with a side zipper and buckle. I can pair them with anything. I’ll even wear them when it’s 90 degrees. I am getting older, but I still think style is how you feel, so some days I have a mood where I throw these on with a sundress or a pair of shorts.

I wore too tight shoes forever, and then I developed Morton’s neuroma, where a bumplike thing grows on the nerve between your squished toes. It’s usually benign, but it’s quite painful. I had to find something with the right toe box, so I went to my local Fleet Feet, and they said I had to try on this shoe from On. The minute I discovered them they became the only ones I wear. On is Swiss-engineered, and the Swiss know a thing or two about mountaineering and running. They’re comfortable, have good arch support, and just hold my foot perfectly. I wear these shoes during any activity where I have to be on my feet for a long time: I wear them on walks and hikes or when I’m chasing the grandkids around, because they’re fast.