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Just how important are feet?

November 13th, 2007 at 06:30 pm

I may have mentioned I hate shopping. Shopping for shoes is even worse these days. When I was a kid I loved shoe shopping, twice a year a trip to try on some shoes nearly always resulted in nifty new pair of shoes. The fact that for 4 years running I found the same sandals each spring to replace the old ones is beside the point..they were new, they smelled new, I liked that. Then I couldn't find those sandals and that is where it all went down hill.

I haven't found a decent pair of sandals in my size since! I wasn't even 6 ft tall back then, I lived in Millvale PA, and I am guessing I was about 10yo.

That is a long time a lot of summers to be without a nice pair of sandals....Tennis shoes used to be easy, plain boring and simple...ok and size 9 1/2 W...apparently cheap well made no longer comes in plain boring and simple, and size 9 1/2 W. The last pair I saw that I liked had some sort of seam trouble, plastic was seeping out and if I tugged it (pink, who wants pink plastic seeping out of their shoes) the seams started to pull apart...I put them back on the shelf and ran out before I was charged 20$ for trying to see if the shoe was repairable. (speaking of the $20, since when is that cheap?)

So here I am wearing my husbands shoes (I made him get new ones because his had so many holes in them). And a pair of 'dress' shoes I have come to hate (with plenty of holes in them) not because I wont pay for shoes, on the contrary, I have tossed all price restrictions out the window! I don't care what they cost so long as they fit and look good. But instead, because shoe makers have gone crazy...or maybe shoe wearers have gone crazy.

Actually I thought I tossed the price limit out the window, then I priced custom made Ren Fest a minimum of $450 I actually did say no....not a definite no, just a umm..well, come on, $450? for a pair of shoes? (well boots really) That does seem a bit high.

The true mark of desperation ... I am still thinking about it. Since I haven't bought shoes in...over 5 years, prolly 6..and they claim to last a lifetime (guarantee) I can take the last 5 years of shoes at up to $15 each (old benchmark, always bought on sale) and sorta have $75 saved for them right now.....which is not even one quarter of the way there....

Maybe feet aren't all that important...

6 Responses to “Just how important are feet?”

  1. tiki Says:

    Feet are put your entire weight on them every day. Ill-fitting shoes can damage your feet. I used to buy cheap shoes, but no more--it's not worth it. The older I get, the more important it is to feel comfortable all day. If my feet are miserable, so am I!

    I'm haven't tried these yet, but I keep hearing about Danskos. I think they're in the $90-$200 range...

  2. Caoineag Says:

    I hate shoe shopping too. I did give in and go for New Balance shoes though for exercising. Too hard on my soles if I use "regular" tennis shoes...

  3. dmontngrey Says:

    I can't find a good pair of shoes either - and I'm starting to have foot problems. I had two pair of identical dress sandals - wine and black - that went with everything. Would you believe they broke within a week of each other? It's been downhill for me since then. If I find a pair I like, I'll break them after a few months. That's IF I can find a pair I like. I'm thinking I'll have to start sacrificing looks for comfort, for the sake of my feet.

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    A woman who hates shopping for shoes?! Unpossible!

  5. Nic Says:

    Take care of your feet and they'll take care of you. EVERY night, I massage my feet w/Lots of lotion. And, because I'm on my feet so much, I'll only buy the most comfortable running/walking shoes. That's one area I won't skimp on.

  6. princessperky Says:

    Ba, it's true, I hate shopping for anything except toys Smile
    and at this point if I could find shoes that looked ok, I would pay for em...up to about 50...give it another couple years maybe I will be willing to pay 100 Smile

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