Oct 14, 2009

I Owe My Life to My Shoes

Huh. Well, I haven't had much to write in the last little while. There's not too much going on here, now that I'm back from vacation. It's always a little tough to accept the fact that my free time is gone and I'm back to the grindstone. This month I've got 2 regular classes that are 2 hours long, and a third that is 4 hours long. So far, things are going along pretty well!

One thing that I was able to do while I was in the States was to get clothes that fit me. Thank goodness! Here in Peru, the average woman is about 5 inches shorter than I am, so legs and sleeves on clothes are always way to short. Anyway, I got some slacks that fit, some blouses that fit, and some shoes that fit. YEAY! Amazingly, it was the shoe purchase that turned out to make the biggest difference in everything I've done so far.

The shoes are just black lace-up oxfords. Flats. O laughed when he saw them, and everyone at work has looked at them with a smirk or a grimace on their faces. But I love them. Wearing these shoes has resulted in no more leg and foot pain, a lot less swelling in my legs and feet, and a totally happier me! I contribute the fact that my classes are going so well to the fact that I have a better outlook on life, since I have no more pain. Thanks to plain old black leather oxford shoes. No, they're not stylish, but they support my feet and are totally comfortable. I can climb up to the 8th floor and back down without crying. I also got a brown pair of Maryjanes with a thick rubber sole and wide toe - no heel to speak of, either. Yes, they look like little girl shoes in a large size, but I can wear them all day without tears!

I look at the shoes that the women around me are wearing and wonder who thought up such creative torture devices. Watching women totter around on impossible thin and high stiletto heels makes my legs ache. And those sharp-pointed toes...I can imagine my own toes squashed into a shoe like that - brings a tear to my eyes! The cruelest thing about this form of torture is that women have been brain-washed into thinking that these are desireable things to wear and will consciously force themselves to wear them - all in the name of fashion. Old women struggle along painfully in dangerously high-heeled shoes, mincing along unsteadily beside their younger daughters, nieces, and friends who are also tippy-toeing down the sidewalk in similar toe-mashing, leg cramping, ankle twisting foot killers. Never again will I wear anything like that (fingers crossed.)

My last shoe purchase was in Trujillo last weekend. Lily invited me to go shoe shopping, since Trujillo is the shoe capital of Peru. She bought stiletto heeled sandals, open-toed high heels, and a pair of platform tennis shoes. I bought myself one pair of men's high-topped leather hiking boots.

Lily sighed and rolled her eyes. She's always considered me to be a complete loss when it comes to following fashion trends. I say thank God for black leather oxfords with no heel.


Iron Needles said...

Exactly! Last three time I wore heels (and they were very practical 'lifestride' type heels) were at my wedding and my two daughters weddings.

I heard that part of the aging process is the loss of the collagen that forms the pads in the heels and the balls of the feet. Which explains why I can't comfortably wear the shoes I use to could without a thought.

Today, I am all about athletic or hiking type shoes!

Sharrie said...

I am waiting in agony for my inserts for my shoes. I agree about the collagen thing and sympathize about how foot pain colors your whole outlook on your life.

Kathleen said...

Hmmm..I don't know about collagen pads, but I've got some majorly calloused pads on my feet from wearing shoes that were made for "ideal" feet. I don't have perfectly formed feet. I have unfortunately large and oddly unique feet.

Pondside said...

I'm with you all the way......I wear flats with rubber soles nearly all the time. If dress up is called for I wear 'pumps'- not very glamorous, but I can get through an entire evening and still smile!

Kim said...

Amen indeed! I no longer buy shoes to look good. Even some comfy feeling shoes can be damaging. I now buy and wear only shoes with proper support or that fit with my orthotics. Form should always follow function!