August 02, 2011

The Importance of Appropriate Footwear

It's story time.

I recently moved into an apartment much closer to my workplace. Instead of a 20-minute train ride, I can get to work in a 20-minute walk. I love this new commute, which adds exercise and fresh air into my daily routine. Unfortunately, some of the shoes I'd like to wear to work aren't very well suited for nearly a mile of walking. I learned this the hard way today. I selected a pair of shoes that I hadn't worn in awhile but they were pretty comfy and well-cushioned so I figured they wouldn't be too hard on my feet during the walk (tip: good shoes for walking have a good arch support as well as cushioning to absorb the impact so that it doesn't hurt your joints!).

So I started off on my walk and everything seemed to be going according to plan. Then, disaster struck! About 10 minutes into my walk, I noticed my right shoe felt uneven and my foot was rolling inwards. Since I was already halfway to work, I wasn't about to double back and change my shoes but I decided right then and there that I wouldn't wear those shoes to walk to work again. As I continued on, I began to get the feeling that my heels were getting ever closer to the ground with each new step. A brief glance downwards revealed that the hard plastic coating on the bottom had peeled and the foam cushioning it contained was slowly being eaten away by the pavement. Great.

When my two-inch wedges had been downgraded by half, I finally stopped and called my boyfriend, who luckily was kind enough to drive up with another pair of my shoes. I don't know what I would have done otherwise because by the time I made it to work, my shoes were flats. I'm pretty sure that if I had to walk several feet farther, I would have been walking on my bare heels!

So let that be a lesson to you all (as it certainly has been a lesson for me!). If you're going to be doing a lot of foot traveling either to/from work or throughout the day, make sure your shoes can take the abuse!

Katie Hazard | Digital Artist, User Experience Designer | @katie_hazard
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