Monday, September 04, 2006

Happy feet

Today was an excellent day, even though I didn’t expect it to be. When I woke up this morning, I knew this was the day I’d have to grit my teeth and go to Wal-Mart. It’s been several weeks since I last made a major grocery shopping trip, and there was no way I could postpone it any longer. The “dogs” at the end of my legs would just have to suffer so my fur-covered dogs and I would have food.

Fortunately, my older daughter gave me a gift yesterday afternoon of my first pair of Crocs. These may be the ugliest shoes I’ve ever owned, but, omigod, they’re comfortable! Usually, after buying a month’s worth of groceries and putting them away, my feet are screaming and the rest of my day is wasted. Today, my feet and legs were a little bit tired. That’s all. And they recovered after a brief rest.

I realize some of you have a higher standard of fashion than plastic/rubber shoes (not to mention any names, Rebekah). Rest assured, I plan to order some dressier shoes from a couple of the sites y'all recommended. There are times when I need to look like a girly-woman and/or a professional. But I’m gonna order more Crocs, too. I could get used to having something on my mind other than aching feet.

So, the first part of my day was excellent because I got the grocery shopping done, right down to the excessive purchase of you-know-what, and I still had enough spring in my step to attend a barbecued-rib cook-off this afternoon.

The cook-off was the most excellent part of the day. I'll tell you more about it in my next post. For now, facing the cold, hard fact that I have to go back to work tomorrow, I’ll take my full belly -- and my relatively okay feet -- to bed. I will sleep well tonight.


  1. i am glad you posted. i was getting worried. i kept tell my self you were just having a good time with friends and family but was beginning to wonder if you had been one of the highway fatalities.
    i need to go to wal-marts but i think i will just go to the local supermarket.

  2. Yay! I love my crocs. And they come in flip-flops, too! No they are not pretty, but they are sooooo comfortable. It's like walking on a cloud.

  3. One of the reasons I want to keep living in a warm country is a silly don't like wearing shoes.

    I walk barefoot in the house, well, all Guyanese do...and in the streets I wear sandals, trendy sandals, leather sandals, beaded sandals, doesn't matter what kind, as long as my feet feel nekkid.

  4. crocs are great buy yes they are not the prettiest things around but it is true...If you want to forget all of your troubles wear tight shoes....cause if your feet hurt you hurt all over....

  5. I love me some crocs!!! Flip flops, of course! They are my best "next to nothing" shoes I have.

  6. Uh-oh. More bananas. I hope you won't leave any in the car this time!

    I've had Crocs recommended to me, but my feet sweat so much that I worry they could slide around in the Crocs. I know they have an optional heel strap, but I still wonder. Anyone else have sweaty-feet experience in Crocs?

  7. I was so tempted to get a pair, there are more 'less-ugly' ones though.

  8. That sound you just heard was my heart breaking. I'm happier that your feet don't hurt than I'm sad about your ugly shoes, though.

    Damn Kim. I will get her. Mwahahahahaha!

  9. I had my doubts about crocs. I mean big doubts. OJ, I have sweaty feet also and I just wear ankle socks with mine and the heel straps and they stay on so fine. I have worn them without the socks too, and they still stay on fine. I couldn't afford the real crocs though and found some at WalMart for $9.99. They were unbelievably comfortable. I have neuropathy in my feet and legs and can't wear just any shoe. I could not believe how good my feet felt too, Velvet. Like walking on clouds. Now I am sooooooo happy and my feet are too. Still have feet problems , but just not when I am in my mock crocs. Happy Day!!!!!

  10. God, they're uglier than Birkenstock's, if that's possible.

    OK, OK, so I wear Bikenstocks around the house.

    Waddya want from me...?

  11. Ok, Croc fans, I need to do something because I can't wear anything but my sneakers. Last week I even had to throw out a pair of Rockports that used to be comfortable - but now make my feet hurt and swell if I wear them for the day.

    So your feet don't get all sweaty from being in a plastic shoe? Can you wear these in the winter, up north, in the cold, snow, rain, sleet and all that? They seem to have an awful lot of holes in them! Or are they mainly a spring/summer shoe?

  12. When I first heard about Crocs, it was an article in the newspaper about a veterinarian who wore them at work and got them for his staff too, and they all love them. I guess you can wear them indoors and put your snow boots on when you go home. I agree they're ugly, but if they're comfortable, who cares? Remember Earth Shoes?

  13. I'm running way behind (in more than one area, unfortunately), so I'll just thank you all for your comments and sum them up as well as I can:

    Crocs are ugly, but everyone who overcomes that fact and tries them seems to love them.

    Sweaty feet don't slip inside them.

    Bare feet would be ideal...if feet were only built to last.

    Someone who's been wearing them longer than I have needs to answer Sunflower's question...before winter, if you please.

    TC brought his own ugly shoes out of the closet and deserves some credit for that.

    And, Rebekah, I am soooooo sorry to disappoint you. If I don't find some prettier comfortable shoes before you get here, I promise to wear paper bags over my feet.

  14. Ugly ~ but comfort ah that's worth it isn't it? Sounds like you had a really good, and mouthwatering day, her's to the cook out post.


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