…that caused more Pain than Beauty
There is a reason why I’ve never bought Steve Madden shoes, even though most people are wearing them these days, I always walked right passed them in DSW. No matter the price, I always thought they just weren’t for me, they didn’t fit right, the heel was too high, not in the color I needed at the time. Now I know, exactly why the heels that I just had to have for the dress I wanted to wear to a wedding, the heels that I know I could wear two more times for 2 more weddings this year, the heels that go with everything, made me regret ever buying them.
If history serves me right men created high heels way back in the 10th century when many horseback-riding men wore heels on their boots and shoes. The heels helped their feet stay in the stirrups while riding. Now for us women, in the 1900s women wore high heels to make their feet look smaller. (Huh?) I had to buy a larger pair of Steve Madden’s just so my foot fit correctly!
No matter what you think, this is what high heels do for you: they elongate the leg, they make us look sexy in skirts, dresses, accentuate the calf muscle (aka sexy). They (sometimes) cause us pain, pain to look sexy and have confidence. I never owned a pair of nude heels and I needed one pair to get me thru 3 weddings in 3 months The problem was finding them…in July. Earlier in the spring I visited DSW for shoes, sandals, crossed out a few brands that didn’t fit my foot right or were too expensive. JC Penny’s had a nice pair (on sale) but only one in my size and it looked that it was used. I also looked in Macys (which had nothing in my size), and eventually I went back to DSW and tried on the Steve Madden nude heels and bought them, along with sandals and black Bandolino heels. When the price is right, ya know!
At the wedding, I noticed during cocktail hour it was a little uncomfortable to stand in them, little did I know that while we were dancing the night away I wouldn’t be able to feel my toes anymore. Yup, my toes went numb. Me, the runner, cyclist, softball player, who exercises, my toes went numb in high heel shoes! WTF! How does this happen? I survived the night and finally took off those heels and traded them in for my flip flops. Days later I made an appointment with a foot doctor.
Have you been to the foot doctor lately? It’s an experience just sitting in the waiting room and being the youngest person in the waiting room. I got to tell my ‘I made a poor choice in high heels for a wedding’ story and after further examination the doctor said I had a neuroma, numbness between the third and fourth toes caused by too much pressure on the ball of the foot. Apparently my feet are not padded enough on the bottom, so he handed me Dr. Jill’s Gels Ball of Foot Gel Cushions and off I went. It’s the most uncomfortable feeling in the world, and I was afraid I’d become numb to the numbness and not know what it would feel like to walk normal again.
2 months later at my checkup with the foot doctor, the numbness is now 25% of what it was, however my calf has developed a dent, a divot on the side, a forever calf cramp so to speak. Unfortunately the foot doctor does not treat anything above the ankle, and therefore recommended if I wanted to, to get a nerve test. So, I being the self treating, overthinking person that I am, decided to visit a sports doctor instead. And so on to my next journey in my next blog in this series of “The Cinderella Shoes that caused more Pain than Beauty”.