While I am of the female persuasion, I'm not all that into shoes. I know, you're all fanning yourselves after your apoplectic fit. But you know, shoes are all relative. I have big feet. Not enormous, but larger than your average bear kinda feet. When I go to a regular shoe store, I can't find a thing. My feet grew substantially with my twin pregnancy, thank you kids, and they grew much wider as well. From a rather normal 9B I went to a 10.5 E or even a EE, depending upon the shoe. They didn't shrink back, as promised by my OB. So I mosey along on my big dogs, wearing a few pairs of shoes that are comforable and fit. For any special occasion, I'm screwed. I can't wear heels at all. I can do a 1" heel and maybe, if there is no dancing or standing around, I'm good to go.
My shoes are all fairly ugly. They're comfy as hell, but they ain't winning any Oh My God, they're Adorable! accolades anytime soon. I have very few pairs of shoes because not only am I blessed with large wide dogs, I've also got the world's most sensitive feet. I swear it, I can't stand to have things on my feet, especially if they touch my toes. When God was giving out feet, he must have been joking around when he got to me. "Give this baby enormous feet and make them extra sensitive!" I can't wear socks, for example. They drive me nuts. If I were a little kid today I'd be diagnosed with sensory integration disorder because I'm ridiculously sensitive to noise, elastic, tags, anything on my wrists, neck, or feet, etc.
Around the house in the winter I wear two pairs of shoes. My Ugg boots, which I can wear without socks and are warm and comfy, and my Stegman boiled wool clogs. No socks needed, they're quite warm, and easy to slide on. I'm allergic to wool, so both pairs of shoes make me itch like nuts after a while, but I can deal with that because I'm a stoic and I own the giant size bottle of Sarna lotion.
In the summer, I swear slide sandals with suede upper soles. I can't stand leather soles on my bare feet. I most always stick with Clark sandals because they have suede bottoms and they are adjustable, so as my feet swell from the heat I can make them bigger, and when I've taken a double dose of Lasix, I can make them smaller again.
Today, however, I succombed to purchasing the fugliest shoes of all I own. They're just hidious, but man are they comfy. You know that I'm talking about: Crocs. The first time I saw them I wondered who would be stupid enough to buy them, but so many people have told me about how comfy they are, when I saw them on sale half price at a sporting goods store, I decided to try them on. They are H E A V E N L Y. They're so light you barely feel them on your feet. The toe box is very wide so there's a total lack of touching of the toes. They have a upper sole with little nodules that massage your feet and keep your feet alert but happy. Yes, they are horribly ugly, but I bought a pair. And I'm wearing them right now. My sore tired feet are so happy they want to dance. Maybe I ought to kick those kids off Dance Dance Revolution. They've been on it all day! Stumble It! JBlog Me