Tuesday, May 02, 2006

My Feet


I never thought about my feet until terrible pain made me realize that I had bunions. So I had an operation, and my feet were pretty again. I had these fiberglass arch supports made for my feet because the doctor said that unless I wore proper shoes and these inserts, the bunions could come back. She pointed out that I had anatomical quirks like knock-knees (If I stand with my knees touching, my ankles are still 4 inces apart)that make my feet compensate. I have come to realize, with all this attention I give to my feet, that I have possibly the highest arches of any human being. Along with being older and much more particular about things, I enjoy shoe shopping about as much as food poisoning.
So I have been ordering shoes online from Zappos, an awesome online store, trying on shoes, returning them, and yet trying even more. Because of my 'deformity', I need granny shoes, nurse shoes, or hippie shoes. Not being a granny, nurse or a hippie, shopping has been a long, painful, frustrating ordeal. So far I have tried these, and these, and these. Only the sneakers could work cuz I could wear my supports inside. I am even thinking about getting custom made shoes. There is a woman in New Mexico, Sara, who does this and the shoes aren't Frankenstein shoes either.
Look for a future shoe update coming soon.

7 comments:

AllBeehive said...

I too have let the whoring shoes go by the wayside, and started purchasing the more practical "comfort shoe" which include Born, Dansko, Merrell, and Earth. *sigh*

saffry said...

Well, I was never a strappy shoe girl to begin with. Short, wide feet do not look attractive in slingback sandals. Dansko clogs were my shoe of choice for awhile, but they're too heavy. I now have something just like those sneakers with the Dr. Scholl's insole and finally got some relief from some heal pain I'd had.
Sara's shoes look cool, but I could never spend that much on a pair of shoes. I'm just not a real woman I guess. Even spending $80 on the Dansko's was a wrench.

paintrly1 said...

Yeah, I'm just not into torturing myself anymore. Believe it or not, I still find the Danskos are not supportive enough. I need something to stand and walk in all day long for when I'm painting.

saffry said...

Have you looked into anti-fatigue mats for painting? Dan uses them in kitchens, he dosn't have one at this job and it's been killing his feet. You could probably find them at a restaurant supply store.

paintrly1 said...

Thanks for the thoughtful suggestions. I love the idea of fatigue mats in the studio. I don't think I'll bring them around with me to outdoor painting, though. My favorite shoe is LLBean clogs I bought last year. With my arch supports, I can walk and stand in them for 12 hours and feel fine! I wish I could wear them all summer!

ks1k said...

All the years that I have known you I never noticed your feet. You are just too awesome.

Dez Ambrose Root said...

Any comments here would get me into trouble.