My previous post was about the woes of buying a bra. So you probably think, from the title of this post, that it is a follow up “about da girls” and what happens when age and gravity kick in.
Nope, this is a post about wide (fat), flat (no arch) and floppy (overpronation of a foot) feet….and buying gosh darn shoes.
Even when I was in the corporate setting, I did not wear heels, unless you consider 2” high by 2” wide a heel. I HAVE had orthotics (arch supports) for a very long time and it is hard to find dress shoes to accommodate those things. At least with the job I’ve had for the past 18 years, I don’t have to wear fancy shoes; I can wear COMFORTABLE shoes. And when I do have a funeral or a wedding or some other occasion that requires dress shoes, I have sensible FLAT shoes. I can’t put my orthotics in them so I always pray I won’t have to wear them for long.
Finding the right shoe for my foot type is a real challenge. And again, when you find a shoe that works for you, buy at least a dozen of them because odds are they will either stop making them or “improve” them (and it is NEVER an improvement, at least not as far as the consumer is concerned).
For many years, Dan and I both wore a New Balance shoe called the Country Walker, model # 977 as I recall. New Balance made them for men and women.
The next time I tried to order them, I found that Cabela’s had made a deal with New Balance so Cabela’s would be the ONLY place you could get this model…and they no longer make it for women. About a month ago, after going almost 3 years without my Country Walker, I caved in and called Cabela’s to see what size shoe I should order in a man’s size to get a women’s size in a wide. The girl was very helpful and we completed the order.
Several days later the shoes arrived…too small and not wide enough. So I ordered them a ½ size larger and the next width. Of course, in the meantime, I had to return the others and wait for a refund on my credit card. The next size arrived…still too small and still not wide enough. I think New Balance must have “improved” this shoe because my feet are NOT as big as Dan’s! And by NOW I had ordered the size HE wears and it still didn’t fit me!!
I finally went to my old faithful ONLINESHOES.COM. I found a NB shoe that is similar to the Country Walker; it has the roll bar for overpronators, it has gortex, it has the features that I need and like. I read the reviews on the shoe and most reviews stated it ran a ½ size smaller so when I ordered it, I ordered a ½ size larger. It arrived. It didn’t fit! I ordered the next size and returned the others. They arrived yesterday and they fit…so far so good! And they don’t squeak and make shoe farting sounds when I walk like my NB walking shoes do.
So how is life for you when it comes to buying a pair of shoes? Men or women?? We all have to wear shoes of some sort….what is YOUR story?
There are undeniably some butt ugly shoes out there. Could you tell me if you know anyone that would wear this shoe?? I would need directions on how to get INTO it!
- Cathy Clementz
- A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!