Would you suffer for your shoes?

19 Jun

Well, this may not exactly be a stop-the-press, fall-off-your-chair, who-knew news, but it seems that many women are quite prepared to go through quite considerable pain as part of the quest to look hot!

ShoesieQ has just been reading a report by comfy shoe manufacturer Hotters (suppliers extraordinaire of the finest granny shoes money can buy) that found one in 10 women admits to having medical treatment due to wearing a dodgy pair of heels. In case you’re wondering, nearly half of these are for twisted ankles,but a third have fallen so hard they’ve damaged teeth or broken wrists.

Other top injuries also include broken ankles, twisted knees, infected blisters, bunions (are you listening Mrs Beckham?) and torn tendons.

Now ShoesieQ has to admit she was reading this with a bit a of a smug grin on her face. For although she loves shoes with a passion bordering on the obsessive/stalker end of the behavioural spectrum, she has steadfastly refused to let her footwear cause her any pain whatsoever pretty much since she was a student. Which was many many years ago indeed!

And then she remembered a little incident not so long ago involving a much loved pair of wedges, Rome, and a hospital.

This was back in the day when ShoesieQ managed to blag her way into a job that meant she was based in Italy for 18 months, with the odd foray into Madrid. And whilst the job itself was a bit of a nightmare, living in the centre of Rome was anything but.

Anyway at  the end of the 18 month secondment ShoesieQ was lucky enough to get a week off before moving onto her next job back in the UK. Dear reader, she had it all planned to the nth degree.  Each day would see a visit to a different church or cultural sight that she had somehow managed to not fit into the previous year and a bit. So – Monday dawns, and ShoesieQ leaves her flat, with a skip in her step to visit her first church of the day – the amazing  San Clemente near the Colosseum.

ShoesieQ took her normal short cut across a slightly scrubby piazza, which entailed striding over a small fence of all of, ermmmmm, 6 or 8 inches height. But buoyed by her general sense of wellbeing on this perfect Roman summers day, ShoesieQ was perhaps not really paying too much attention as to what her feet are up. Which is doubtless why she ended up tripping over said fence (tbh more of a fencelette) and landing hard on her backside.

It was at this point that ShoesieQ noticed a rather unpleasant smell. She’d not really ever wondered why this particular area had a small fence running around it before. But it soon became apparent that there was a very good reason for this – namely because it was used as the local dog loo!  The one stroke of luck that day was the fact that all turds had been narrowly missed. So, carefully looking where she placed her hands, your heroine (!) unsteady hauled herself back onto her feet, determined to continue with the days plans as if nothing had happened.

Unfortunately she just about made it across the road before realising that there’s no way she could walk a step further wearing heels. So, tail between her legs, and wedges in her hands, ShoesieQ sadly walked back to her flat.

Anyway, to cut a very long story short, when she woke up the next morning ShoesieQ couldn’t help but notice that two of her toes had, overnight, turned a rather fetching shade of black. And in the A&E department of the local hospital she learnt a new Italian word – namely fratturina – which I suspect, as most you have already guessed, means ‘little fracture’. Just as well it’s wasn’t a big one mind, as it took a good 6 months before ShoesieQ found herself back in a pair of heels – and even now, 7 years on, those toes aren’t completely healed.

But there was some good that came out of it. Namely that ShoesieQ now has a very low pain-threshold when it comes to her feet. Which means that the customers of her shoe shop don’t have to make the choice between style and comfort either.

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3 Responses to “Would you suffer for your shoes?”

  1. Paul Violet June 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    Your Blogs never fail to raise a smile. No doubt written with a style that matches your shoes.

  2. Mary Lee October 2, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    Great article. Most shoes specially with heels are hurting our feet. There are designs that is good but no size available for me. LOL

    • ShoesieQ October 7, 2012 at 10:49 am #

      Hi Mary – thanks for the feedback. Just out of interest what size are your feet?

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