These Shoes Were Made for Walking
An old song about standing up for your rights – “These boots were made for walking and I am going to walk right out on you” – apropos when I am thinking about spending 3 weeks walking.
Several years ago (quite a large number of years ago) my left knee started to ache all the time when I was sitting. I remember being at a ballet performance in the big city and my knee just screamed in pain through the entire experience.
About 5 years ago, one of the toes on my left foot just felt strange all the time, as though you were putting your hand up to another’s hand and feeling the fingers pressed together – we called it the dead finger test.
My hips were nearly always popping in and out of joint and the small of my back was just exhausted all of the time.
I walked and walked, lifted weights, took supplements and a couple of pharmaceuticals and was told I had moderate to severe arthritis in my knee, hips, and toes. When I slipped and fractured 3 bones and tore 3 ligaments in my left foot, I found out that there was no sign or evidence of arthritis.
In the meantime, a group of us took the pledge to stop wearing shoes that were not comfortable and only wear shoes that we felt good wearing.
Right now I walk 6.5 miles every morning around the Lake. I finished off having my hips centered in March at the Chiropractor and I began looking for comfortable shoes I could wear walking on my tour of Scotland.
I am also in recovery from a torn ligament which holds digestive organs in place – we think this happened in yoga class but not for sure?
I went to sporting goods stores, running shoes stores, and searched on line; I even glanced at the $400 pair of sneakers Mrs. Obama wore to a school one day.
On a trip to the big city, I came across a store called The Walking Company. They sell shoes – lots of shoes. They are primarily an online company but it was nice to discover them at an actual store. The clerk actually interviewed me about my habits, routines, and what I needed a shoe for; he then made a recommendation of a Swiss Shoe call the MBT.
I tried on the shoe that they had in my size and walked around in the store. The pain in the small of my back was relieved – immediately. My posture was improved – immediately. My hamstring muscles in the back of my legs felt a gentle pull and release. Because the shoes move on a rocking motion, my daughter was sure that I would twist my ankle or fall down.
I was told I could order the style I wanted and they would be delivered to my home in about 2 days from the warehouse. I could wear them around home, watch the video, and if they did not work for me – I could return them within a month’s time. The shoes were about $100 more than I wanted to spend, but with the return guarantee I decided to give them a try.
I wore them around the house for three weeks. I loved standing in them while I prepared things at the sink or when was on my feet for a number of hours at a time – no small of the back pain or stiffness. I decided I would keep the shoes, they did the trick.
I now have nearly 300 miles of walking on the shoes. No knee pain, no hip disjointing, no small of the back pain, my toe is back to feeling normal, the circulation in my feet is improving, and my posture is just getting better and better all the time. I am not taking any supplements for joint pain and have almost no inflammation – one ankle is still problematic in the heat.
I chose the sandal style, see related picture, and I will choose the shoes again; saving money to do just that. Isn’t it just wonderful when you find something that works?
What have you found that just works for you? Makes you feel better and better? And what do you think about comfortable shoes?
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