Tell us about your favorite pair of shoes, and where they’ve taken you.
Photographers, artists, poets: show us WALK.
My favorite pair of shoes is more of a type of shoe than a particular pair. My favorite type of shoe is a sneaker or an athletic shoe, usually a pair of running shoes. In Great Britain, they are called trainers.
My feet woes began many years ago. I started out my adult life wearing a size 9. After 2 kids, I found myself wearing a 10. A recent consultation at a Fleet Feet Sports store showed that one of my feet is actually bigger than the other one by a quarter size and that a ladies size 10 is indeed the best size for me. They also suggested a pair of Adidas running shoes with special inserts. The cost was a little too high for my budget. I wasn’t planning on running a marathon so I didn’t buy the expensive running shoes.
After spending my 20’s and half of my 30’s wearing high heels, I ended up with a corn. The corn was caused by a bone spur on my little toe. The podiatrist recommended surgery which was not a lot of fun. I came out of the surgery wearing a surgical boot on my right foot. Try wearing THAT in the winter time. Walking to and from the car for a couple of weeks with snow on the ground was a treat.
I also did step aerobics for a number of years in my 30’s, and my shoe of choice at that time was my Avia high top cross-training aerobic shoes. I liked the shoes because they were good support for my ankles. I only fell once doing step aerobics, and that was when I caught my toe on the step when I was hopping over it. Maybe it was the higher top shoe, but I developed calcium deposits on my Achilles tendons. I gave my step away to a good friend when my feet got too sore to use it.
More foot trouble followed with plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis (PF) is a painful inflammatory process of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue or ligament on the sole (bottom surface) of the foot. A different podiatrist told me to never go barefoot. I have tried to stick to that advice, and I’m usually in crocs when I’m not wearing sneakers.
Bad feet, unfortunately, lead to ugly shoe choices and also to limited exercise options. My days of wearing fashionable high heels are well behind me. I’m not even sure my feet, ankles or knees would even allow me to walk in a pair of heels. My days of running are probably gone, too. Again, my knees and ankles wouldn’t put up with the high impact. I do walk a lot, and this is my most recent (and favorite) pair of shoes. They are a pair of Saucony running shoes.
I pretty much wear them all the time, and I walk 2-3 miles a day in them. They feel good on my feet, and I often “forget” to take them off when I arrive at work. In combination with my last pair of running shoes – a pair of Ahnu sneakers, they’ve taken me over 250 miles so far. That’s the last walking “badge” I received from my Walgreens phone app where I log my daily miles. I received that badge a few months ago now so I have to be up to 300 miles by now. Not bad for a hobbling old lady!