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Look! Feet!

When you get to MFP you think, I'll lose some weight, get good looking and live happily ever after.

I suppose some do. 

It's been a couple of years since I thought about how freakin' hard it used to be to put on a pair of shoes. When I leaned over my fat belly crushed my diaphragm and I almost suffocated while trying to make a bunny ear in my shoelaces. To make matters worse, my lower back would occasionally go into spasms.

When I worked in corporate, I was a shoe addict (and ties and watches). I had loafers, oxfords, derbies, monk straps, and wing tips in various colors.

Then I got fat and bought a pair of slip-ons. To make matters worse, I got plantar fasciitis from cheap sneakers and high inclines on the treadmill - and excessive weight. The podiatrist custom made me inserts for my Merrill' and that was pretty much the last time I saw my feet for nearly 8 years.

Now that I am a jogger runner, all that's changed.

I am still addicted to shoes, I have 12 pairs of running shoes; most with matching Under Armour wicking shirts and Nike Combat underwear. If you are a walker, a jogger, or a runner, here are my recommendations.

Training or WalkingShoes - Like training pants, but they go on your feet. :) These are for walkers/runners and they have more cushion than the super light running shoes. I like mine because I can go 6 or 8 miles and my feet feel great. Recommended for newbies - especially if you are overweight. They are good for easy runs and not recommended for super long distances.

Running Shoes - These are a little more expensive than the training shoes (yes, they also go on your feet!). They are made of lighter weight materials and are usually well vented.They run a fine line with a minimum of cushioning, yet they are stable. Most need to be replaced within 300-500 miles depending on many factors, including your weight. If you are a heal striker, I would stick with the training shoes.

Recovery Shoes - I know, some running company decided that since it's too expensive for most runners to have aprés ski boots, they should have post-workout shoes. My daughter got me a pair of Skechers GoRecovery, and you know what, I look forward to wearing then for an hour or so after I run or workout.

Flip-Flops - Some people call them thongs, but isn't that what porn stars wear? I like them because I lived at the seashore for many years. I usually wear mine from May until October. I know they are not recommended by podiatrists anywhere, but who cares. I'd be barefoot if I could!

Slippers - Because I needed a trick for the dog to do. My other daughter got me a pair - probably at Walmart the cheap skate, but since I telecommute, I call them work shoes.

And no discussion would be complete without saying this: GET YOUR RUNNING SHOES FITTED AT A RUNNING STORE WHERE THEY DO A GAIT ANALYSIS! How you run, how your foot stikes the ground, the height of your arches, how you pronate and your weight; it all must be taken into consideration when purchasing shoes! The bunny slippers? Use your discression.

When was the last time you saw your feet?

Thanks for the votes and comments!

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ValiRaeDee wrote 50 months ago:
This is great advice - thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge. I'm new to running (and seeing my feet) so every piece of knowledge I can acquire is helpful.

My husband noticed I was pronating my feet when I run and helped get me fitted for a good pair of shoes, but I think I'm still going to have a running store look at my gait because I'm still having a little knee pain on my left. I live in a semi-rural area so the closest running store to provide this service is about 75 miles away, but I'm still going to make the trek. I feel so good after a workout I don't want to be derailed by something silly like the wrong shoes!
zimfour wrote 50 months ago:
Have you thought of Vibram Five Fingers!!!???
ShinyFuture wrote 50 months ago:
Flip-flops? One word - Vionic. More words: Vionic Tide II flip flops. I'm really not exaggerating when I say they changed my life.
PapaJay357 wrote 50 months ago:
I have feet down there???? Great googly moogly!
runningforthetrain wrote 50 months ago:
Most of MFP for me is struggle, accountability, and a lot of work. So it is kind of nice to remember- I have pretty cute feet:)
Anniepi66 wrote 50 months ago:
I'm pretty sure I have feet. I can walk However, it is so difficult to tie the laces on my Vibrams! I love wearing them though because they are SOOOOO comfortable to just wear for everyday walking around! Again, love your posts!
slowedown wrote 50 months ago:
Great post. This year I have started doing 5Ks and Nike's are great but my feet hurt sometimes. I have been wondering if there were better options. Thanks!
curlygirlusn wrote 50 months ago:
I just saw my feet... just kidding! When I was pregnant with twins, I couldn't see my feet for almost half my pregnancy nor could I put on my work boots --- I was in the Navy and had to switch to black leather Reeboks for 4 months (1/2 size larger than normal). My kids are 6 and I am still loosing the baby weight I gained with them, but I only have 4 lbs to go!
girleeblu wrote 50 months ago:
After my second child I had given up on my pretty high heels and seeing my old sexy ankles. Since joining MFP its become my goal to strut my stuff again in my old fabulous heels that have been hiding in the closet waiting. I am tired of seeing my bloated cankles and I strive for the days I can rejoice in not seeing them! Thanks for the post. Its good to read your shoe break down. I need to definitely invest in some better jogging shoes.
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