I’ve been casually looking for some type of decent looking flat shoe that would give me more support than the ones I’ve been wearing on Sundays. Yesterday convinced me that I must make this a top priority this week. My best pair of decent looking shoes is a Dr. Scholl’s pair that have a Velcro closure across the top. They fit quite snug to begin with, but the longer I wear them, the suede leather begins to relax, and I get less and less support from them. For just church, I can barely manage, but yesterday, due to a funeral home visitation that we attended (that means lots of standing around talking to people), I was in them a good part of the day. By the time we got home, I was so wobbly that I could barely take a step safely, even with the cane. As soon as I got in the house, I changed into my athletic shoes, and you would have thought I was a different person. My gait was immediately more normal.
So, this week I will be buying some kind of walking shoe that I can tolerate for “dress” shoes. I’m thinking a black pair won’t call too much attention to my feet, hopefully. I do wear pant suits to church, so it won’t look quite as bad as it would have with a dress or skirt. I started wearing pants to church when the short short skirt length came in style, and I just never went back to skirts. Too comfy, I guess, or me being lazy?
I tried on some Vegan Earth Shoes last week, thinking that might be a way to get a comfortable shoe that would support me, and not have the hard leather to bother my toes. But that’s not going to work for me. Earth Shoes have what’s called a negative heel. The heel is lower than the toes. Sounds odd, but it’s perfect for PWP, as we tend to lean forward as we walk, and these negative heels counteract that. My problem is that I had to have most of the toe nail root on my big toes killed off with Laser some years ago, due to chronic fungus and ingrown toe nail problems. That means my big toes are basically unprotected. The slant of the Earth Shoes makes the big toes push up against the toe box, and I can’t take that.
I ran into the same problem when I bought my athletic shoes. There are only a few brands that make a big enough toe box for my toes to be comfortable in them. So now, I’ve got to find a dark color walking shoe among the few brands that I can wear comfortably. Just what I wanted to be doing during Christmas Shopping crowds. Hopefully, my fingers can do the walking. I’ll call the athletic shoe stores today that I have bought Asics and Ryka from before, to see if they have dark shoes in my size.
If I’m lucky enough for them to have something I can wear, we’ll go to town today. While we’re out, we’ll probably try to do some of our Stocking Stuffer buying. This is the most fun part of Christmas gift giving for us. Our children get money, and now the grandkids are old enough to want money more than presents, so it’s the stockings that get all of the attention on Christmas. We buy odds and ends all year round, as we see something that fits each one’s personality and tastes. But filling up those big socks takes some creative off the wall stuff, to keep from duplicating what we have bought them in the past. Even our grown children and their spouses would be disappointed if they didn’t have that lumpy stocking to reach into, pulling out one thing at a time, never knowing what sort of gag gift or useful doodad might be at hand.
I will think positively today, and look forward to finding some suitable shoes, plus enjoy shopping for the Stocking Stuffers.