Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Something has bothered me for years, I think my first forum post on SparkPeople many moons ago was even related to it.
Do you remember going shoe shopping as a kid and either your parents or shoe salesperson jabbing their thumb at the top of the shoes to see how much room you would have to grow into them? All while asking - How do they feel?! Well for whatever reason I guess I never grasped the concept of a shoe feeling great. For the last few years I have had the worst luck with my feet and shoes and I just could not understand why all of a sudden shoes (sneakers more so than any kind) were so uncomfortable. I was getting blisters galore on the inner sole/perimeter of my foot (not sure if that makes sense), excruciating pain from my arches, heels even my calves and tingly toes. I bought so many new pairs of shoes and insoles thinking I just needed better arch support, I even did that shady Dr Scholl's arch test in the middle of dirty ole Walmart and paid $65 for arch supports to no avail.
After a trip to Disneyland with my brother and SIL resulted in bloody, blistered swollen feet, my SIL "diagnosed" me as needing a wide width shoe. I determined this was perhaps logical and set out on a mission to find a size 8 wide womens shoe. NOT an easy task for some reason. I live in a suburbs of Phoenix and have EVERY retail store imaginable within the Phoenix area. Thinking I was smart I decided to call my best gal pal and we headed to the complete opposite side of town to an outlet mall thinking I would save a few dollars - roughly 90 miles round trip. Could not find a wide womens shoe to save my life! Stopped at EVERY sporting goods store on the way back home, darting every which way across town calling different stores to ask if they have any wide women shoes in size 8.
Finally I accepted that I would not be purchasing a pair of wide womens shoes and that I would have to resort to ordering a few pairs online. Not real ideal in my opinion. Just as I was admitting defeat I remembered a place barely TWO MILES from my house that offered free fitting and gait analysis so I thought that would be my best bet to ordering the right kind of shoe online. Within a minute of being asked what I was looking for I was asked to take off my shoes and walk away and back and was told that I over-pronate and that he had a few pairs of shoes for me to try on, didnt ask what size shoe I wore. Promptly came back with a box of Brooks, I was kind of nervous cause I have generally been a Nike girl (I loved my Nike Shox even though they didnt love me back!!) and I was pretty sure that they would be ridiculously expensive, especially from a "specialty" store. I played along and tried them on- HOLY HEAVEN!! The difference in the way that these shoes felt was life changing, however not wanting to feel like a hasty shopper I tried on another couple pairs- they felt ok but MEH, no golden ticket like the Brooks. Then I tried to sneak a peek at the model name and price and saw that he had me wearing the WRONG size shoe- that box said size 10 not size 8 like I have worn MY ENTIRE ADULT LIFE, nor were they a wide shoe. He assured me that size 10 was my appropriate shoe size and to go ahead and go walk around outside and feel them on different surfaces. I purchased those heavenly shoes and was quite pleased that they were the same price if not cheaper than my Nike Shox after I had purchased "athletic insoles."
I was in such shock that I have been wearing shoes TWO sizes too small for years, I had secretly given in and accepted that I needed a wide shoe for my fat feet that seemed to match my fat body- haha I am so glad that was not the case. I am not sure how the heck I accepted the ongoing foot pain for so many years- but now I clearly understand the meaning of how does that feel?