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The Unexpected Joy of Sensible Shoes

Updated on March 9, 2010

#5 in Reflections of Life's Unexpected Joys

The Unexpected Joy of Sensible Shoes

I am not an extremely fashion conscious individual. Most of my clothes are very old or come from a thrift store. If they are new, they were probably picked off the clearance rack at the end of the season. However, I am female and I do care about my appearance to some degree. And so when I choose which shoes to wear, I usually make my choice based on looks rather than function (OK, not usually…always). So when I chose to wear my sandals that have absolutely no support and flop around and are held on my feet by curling my toes fiercely, the decision was based on the fact that they looked best with my outfit.

However, as I was running about town doing my errands I began to feel very uncomfortable. My feet were getting cramps, my knees were aching and my back was starting to hurt. Then, as I struggled up the stairs of the post office, carefully balancing my lovely dimpled (i.e. heavy) baby on one hip, trying to keep hold of my keys and purse with the other hand and trying to swivel my neck around to keep an eye on my very quick pre-schooler, I caught sight of her shoes. There she was jumping and running comfortably up a few steps, down a few then back up. She didn’t have cramping feet, sore knees and an aching back. She looked happy and comfortable. She was wearing socks and sensible shoes that fastened properly and provided support. She looked so happy. With longing I thought about my socks and running shoes that were at home. I realized that sensible shoes truly are one of life’s unexpected joys and at this particular moment I was missing out.


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