My feet are ugly!
I don't mean the typical runner ugly - I mean ugly. Period.
I wasn't born that way. I am quite sure that my little baby feet were quite plump and kissable. But they were also rather wide, so when I started school and had to wear shoes all day, my capacious feet were bound up in too narrow shoes which eventually caused my 4th toe to sit up on top of the others. When I think back to my childhood, I cannot remember any shoe ever feeling comfortable. It seemed perfectly normal for my feet to be tormented all day.
I spent a lot of time trying to hide my feet. All shoes had to cover my toes and I avoided any situation where I might be barefoot in public. I remember being at the beach with friends and trying to bury my toes in the sand with each step so they couldn't be seen.
But today - Get Real Wednesday - I am revealing my ugly feet to total strangers in internet-land! I am so brave!
I DID warn you!
As an adult, my one goal has been to find comfortable shoes that will actually fit my feet and hide their ugliness. I have never been able to enjoy shopping for "cute" shoes. Most of my shoe shopping trips end in tears. Not figurative tears - real tears, streaming down my face, of frustration and sadness.
I have 3 pairs of orthopedic sandals that I wear year-round. They all look basically like this:
Orthaheel Sandals - most comfortable shoes I've ever worn!
I wear them with pants, shorts, dresses and pajamas. They are uber-comfortable. They are not fashionable.
Yesterday while shopping at TJ Maxx, I found.... drum-roll, please......
cute shoes that were comfortable and looked good on my feet!
This is the first pair of high heeled shoes I have purchased in 2 or 3 years! I just love them!
One of the unforeseen benefits of running, is that I have now joined an entire community of ugly-footed people! Blisters, callouses, black toenails, missing toenails. No one even bats an eye. They are just par for the course. Perfectly normal.
Why, I fit right in!
Just another thing I love about being a runner!
Do you have any physical flaws that you try to hide?