20 Jan 2011


Husband dearest tells me that he loves me from the top of my head to the tips of my toes my ankles, my feet he openly tells me being revolting. And before you start to berate him, to think him awful, let me tell you he's right in that my feet are pretty awful though as my chiropodist informs me 'not the worst she's ever seen'. Hmm, I'm not too sure that's of any comfort given the number of feet she has seen over the years. Mind you, I suppose none of my toes have dropped off when I have removed my shoes nor have any maggots (no, not even one) dropped out which is something.

A funny subject you might think but then it is weird the things that inspire us to post AND feet, well shoes actually, seem to have featured quite a lot in the last twenty four hours or so.

A trip to the orthotist (shoe man as I call him) being the first. Ever since my accident almost 24 years ago footwear has become overly problematic and even more so since my last operation just over three years ago. I won't bore you with all the details but the upshot is it was decided that I needed to have my shoes specially made to cope with the four centimetre leg difference (which was causing all kinds of difficulties and quite a lot of pain in my back and my 'good' leg), my having a fused ankle joint and the nerve damage. My thanks to the team at Newcastle's Freeman hospital for enabling this to happen and for making sure the shoes were as discreet and as 'unmedical' as they could be. Now I just have to get used to them, easier said than done as I'm having to learn to walk correctly all over again.

Anyway, the second shoe related inspiration came, funnily enough, in the waiting area of said hospital.

Unusual to find a magazine that isn't years and years out of date in a hospital waiting room, it is even more uncommon to find one these days with all the infection control measures, so I suspect this one had been left by a patient that day - weird that I was waiting for my shoes and open at that very page was this picture ........

Chewing gum heel shoes by KOBI LEVI.

And the third thing to inspire this post?

This BOOK REVIEW found on Misha's blog.

Go on admit it, how many of you have found yourself walking in bare feet, your shoes in your hand? I know in the past I have.

PS. Talking about hospitals and blogging buddies Hd and I were watching one of our favourite tv programmes, medical drama (as if we don't have enough of these in our life) Holby City which featured a blogger who, needing a heart operation, was refusing general anaesthetic so that he could stay awake to post about his experience. I'd just like to let you all know now that, much as I love you all, I consider this way beyond the call of duty. What about you, to what lengths would you go to post something?


Dizzy C said...

spot on post today, very topical for me. :)

I used to be the 3inch heel slave, wearing them all the time, work, play, evenings out, in my younger days.
Along came children and flats came as part of the uniform. Chasing a toddler in heels doesn't work.
Then 6-7 yrs ago I slipped a disc in my lower back. I made an almost full recovery, but now find that the highest heel I can wear for special occasions is 2inch.

I wince when I see these very high heels in fashion. Those girls are gonna feel it when they are older.

I got a few grins from the family watching the blogger on Holby, but it was a funny extreme.
I switched over when the moniters were going haywire and he said to the surgeon "I think you better call your boss!"

Have a good day.


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

So sorry about your foot issue; I wasn't aware of your accident, but it is nice to see that it hasn't affected your sense of humor.

Nina said...

Well actually I never have walked with my shoes in my hand..oh not thats not right, I did with flip flops on the beach. lol.

Misha said...

I am sorry about your feet.
It's funny that my review "inspired" this post. Every one of Lauren Weisberger's books have heels on the covers.
Personally, I am not a fan of high feels - I feel uncomfortable and scared wearing them since I keep on thinking I might twist my ankle or something. Moreover, heels are painful - for me, at least.I wore them to a party once and they were so painful that I had to walk around in my bare feet with my heels in my hands!

Vivienne said...

Really not sure whether I should laugh or not about your foot issue. It sounds really painful but you made it sound so funny!

chitra said...

I am aware of your foot problem. But it does hurt when I read what you have written albeit humorously.
Heels are not for me. One thing is I have flat feet and I get cramps very often in my legs.

A said...

Sorry to hear about foot issue. Though I do not have any known medical problems with my feet, I need very very light shoes and has to go a special shop.

Kelly said...

I love pretty shoes, but won't usually wear them if they aren't fairly comfortable.

I hope you adjust to your new ones soon!

GMR said...

Ah yes...shoes. Another vice of mine. (hehe) Gotta say, though I wouldn't wear them (not a huge HIGH heel person in general), they are certainly unique!

Angela Ackerman said...

LOL, congrats on the no maggots I guess? Seriously, with some things it's laugh or cry, so we may as well laugh. I'm glad you got some good shoes--as someone with cronic back issues, I can relate to how much constant pain can affect one's life.

Thanks for visiting me at The Bookshelf Muse. Melissa is such a gem, and so nice to profile me like that.

Have a great week!

Angela @ the Bookshelf Muse

Kristin said...

New follower! Stop by and say hi if you get a chance!

budh.aaah said...

Ahh so PW we are similar in this too.. :) My feet are called 'khur'()in hindi or horsehoof by my sis and my hubby.

Jen said...

I'm trying to post daily, but I'm not going that far. The fate of the free world does not rest on anything I have to say, it can wait until after I've recovered.

I have carried my shoes many, many times.

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

I love your sense of humour, Tracy!
Very delightful post! And that shoe photo is really funny!

As for your Q, I would never go that far either; that's for sure.

B xx

P.S. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment!
It really means a lot!

Jenners said...

Those bubble gum shoes are too funny! What a find that is.

And NEVER in a million years would I forgo anesthesia in order to blog about a surgical experience. I want to be out cold!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Sorry about the foot issue. I hope you do find some relief.

Oh, I have to say I love the gum shoe so much. i looked at his blog and I love so many of those shoes. I'd kill myself wearing them, but I would have fun at least carrying them in my hand looking plush. :)

Suko said...

Petty, at first I thought that pink gum was a high heel!

Funny post! Just for the record, I would not stay awake during an operation in order to post about it (unless the operation was extremely minor).

Dorte H said...


No, I don´t walk around with my shoes in my hand very often. When I was younger, I just left them behind and walked barefeet. Last year I made a mistake when buying smart, new boots - I tried them when my feet were cold so they are too small to walk around in. But I have learned to wear my old boots until I arrive at the party and then change in the car in the very last minute :D

Heather said...

I took my shoes off to walk across a grassy park filled with beautiful yellow dandilions. I stepped on a bee and he stung me in the bottom of the foot right in a toe joint. The stinger wouldn't come out. I had to go to hospital as my foot was swelling right up my leg, and the doctor cut open the underneath of the joint to remove the stinger. I still have a scar over 30 years later.

Now I don't wear heels since I had a gout attack 2 years ago. I am so scared that wearing heels could trigger an attack.

Alexia561 said...

Wonderful post, as always! Your posts always make me smile. :)

I love the bubblegum shoes, but would probably fall flat on my face if I tried to walk in them! I haven't worn heels in years. *sigh*

Jennifer McLean said...

Hi Tracy!
Sorry it's been so long since I commented, I hate being disorganized, lol. The one thing I do find that improves any foot with an not so pretty problem is a bright polish like Flashbulb fuchsia by opi. My mom doesn't have great feet but put some fantastic polish on those nails and wow, what a difference!
Hope your new shoes work and look great!
Hugs to you,

Boonie S said...

Hope all goes well with the shoes.
I like walking barefoot, but it’s not always socially acceptable.

All the best, Boonie

NRIGirl said...

As usual an interesting read Petty. To answer your question at the end of the post, when I wrote about my Cuckoo Clock, when HD fixed it for me in our kitchen, I rushed to write the follow up post without saying 'Thank you'!

@A still won't forgive me for that... :(

Su said...

Yikes! Feet issues are such an intrusion on life! I hope yours continue to improve with your shoes & the docs' care.

There are many, many things which I wouldn't blog about... I draw the line long before surgery without anesthesia! That's completely daft!

naida said...

Gosh, shoes are my weakness. I can never seem to resist buying a pretty pair, even if they hurt my feet when I wear them.

And lol about that blogger and the heart operation! Thats taking blogging too far! lol


Anonymous said...

Very interesting post. It is a great sign of love when your husband can speak of parts of you that he doesn't find attractive and you both know how small a part that plays in your relationship. I don't mean that it is small for you but minuscule in it's effects on his love for you. I guess I'm saying that I value honesty in my relationship even though I might think I want to hear wonderful things all the time.
I would not have heart surgery without anesthesia for blogging ideas. I do however avoid anesthesia when I can because I don't like to give up control.

dr.antony said...

That heel doesnt even look as part of the shoe !