Well, I am having a hard time with shoes lately. Now that it’s a bit cooler in the mornings (and that is usually when I have time to take pictures) I gravitate towards socks and sandals. I know.
But with my foot and general body pain, along with my shoe size changing about a half size, I have to find exactly the right shoe, or else I really feel it at night when I have a chance to sit down. I’ve loved my Chaco sandals all summer, and wear them in the afternoons, but I’ve been going through all my other shoes to see what is going to work for cooler weather.
I have three pairs of traditional Birkenstock Arizona sandals that I’ve had for years, and I bought two secondhand, but I think I’ve worn out the footbed on each of them from so much wear? They are just not supportive at all anymore and rather uncomfortable to wear. I bought this platform pair in early 2019 and didn’t wear them much during my pregnancy so the footbed is still nice and “stiff.” The problem is that they’re ALL leather, so when I wear socks my feet slip a tiny bit if the straps aren’t tight enough.
Anyway, I’m taking all my old Birkenstocks to my niece and/or sister and/or mother, who all wear the same size so they’ll continue to be loved by someone who doesn’t have foot pain rn. ugh.
Also, I am going to be putting my Dansko XP clogs (black) up for sale on slowre along with the Swedish clogs I wore a couple days ago and purchased from Misha & Puff. The Dansko clogs are SO COMFORTABLE in the footbed, but very constricting on me where the top of my foot meets the shoe; I just can’t stand to wear them for more than a minute or so. And they’re basically brand new!! I got them right before quarantine/summer so didn’t wear them much.
The Swedish clogs are great, but not the footbed my foot needs right now. I’ve been trying to wear them around the house a bit to see if I think I can tolerate them, and I can’t.
(if you think you’d be interested in either pair, lmk before I put them up! The dansko clogs are black, size 38 and the Swedish clogs are size 39, natural leather)
It’s all a bit frustrating, but par for the course lately. Did I mention I also can’t wear most of my sweaters anymore because the sleeves are too tight?
I’ve been in survival mode for the last 14 months, but I can feel things shifting a bit – I have less overall pain (foam rolling and cardio everyday helps a lot) and I don’t feel as “heavy” all the time – so I think after Thanksgiving I will try in earnest to lose some of this extra weight. My cholesterol is borderline again now that I’m heavier, and that I cannot tolerate. Last time I saw that number I lost weight and started drinking filtered coffee (yes, really) and brought my number down by quite a lot. So. It’s time. In December lol
Happy Monday!! I hope you are well 🙂