Shoe Shopping

by Annie on September 15, 2008 · 4 comments

in Weight Loss & Body Image

Photo by Brandon Baunach.

I went shoe shopping this weekend. Since Sex in the City, I am pretty sure men are aware of the fact that women cannot say no to a really good shoe sale. Are you sitting back, scratching your head, wondering how shoe shopping is related to your weight?

For most women weight gain or weight lose do not change the size of our feet, unless we are obese with fat deposits on our feet or it is swollen from water retention. Our feet are largely bones, cartilage, and tendons. So a pair of size 7 will fit me even if I gain or lose 20 pounds. When have we ever heard of “Does my foot look fat in this?” The only thing that will banish a pair of cute shoes from my closet is when I run out of closet space. Unlike my previous post on vanity sizing for clothes, rarely do I return home from a shoe shopping expedition empty handed and feeling unhappy. Except for calf length side zipped boots.

Clothing in the store might not look good today because I am “bloated,” but sexy shoes will. As I walk into that shoe department that happy feeling of being able to buy something to make myself feel sexy is undeniable.

But I rarely wear anything other than tennis shoes and steel toed boots. That’s right. The two pairs of heeled sandals that I brought this weekend will probably stay in their boxes except for a short parade in front of my husband.

More than 80% of foot surgery patients are female because of uncomfortably tight and heeled shoes. Shoes that are too tight and too pointy could result in corns, bunions, ingrown toenails or heel spurs. High heels shorten the calf and Achilles’ tendon, resulting in tendinitis and tears on the Achilles’ tendon.

Maybe I should switch my love for shoe shopping to handbags. At least then I will get some use out of them.

Until next time and thanks for stopping by Small Steps to Health.

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aybi September 15, 2008 at 5:19 pm

i can’t say no to a good shoe sale too, it gives us the feeling that men just don’t understand

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asithi September 16, 2008 at 8:34 am

@aybi – Not to turn this into a men vs women discussion, but I really do not care if my husband understands or not….just as long as he indulges me. Thanks for the comment aybi.


MizFit September 17, 2008 at 2:44 am

Im tennis shoes all the time.

specifically I have a raging addiction to nike air rifts.

it’s bad.

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asithi September 25, 2008 at 9:02 am

@MizFit – Reeboks for me. Used to be a big Nike fan until my mid 20s, then for some reasons they start hurting my feet. I wonder if they changed their design of their insoles, but I suspect it is my feet that changed though. Thanks for the comment.


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