Man, I have got some crazy Asian monkey feet. I mean, it’s ridiculous. I see other women just buy whatever shoes they like as long as they fit. I see people complain about how hard it is to buy shoes, but then they buy a new pair of shoes at least once a month or so. Once I find shoes that fit and are affordable and/or fit other criteria on my list, I immediately start searching for more because by the time I find another pair, the pair I just bought will be worn out completely.
I have shoes for work, house shoes, and non-work shoes. I have one main pair of each and usually additional pairs that hurt my feet and/or were ruined, but I can’t get rid of because I feel guilty for not wearing them until they have holes and are completely unwearable. Between November 2013 and March 2014, I had switched from warm weather work shoes to cold weather work shoes and back again. Apparently, my feet changed during the winter so that the comfy warm weather shoes that I found for work last year after looking for new shoes for a year, felt like a torture chamber on my feet in March. I wore the $12 Converse One Stars that I got from Target in 2013 to Paris in December 2013. They got very wet in the rain and, apparently, changed their shape, causing my feet much pain.
So, in March, I started looking for shoes. I found some work shoes right away and was very excited. After a couple of weeks, the strap on one shoe broke and the strap on the other shoe threatened to snap off at any moment. I returned them and got some Sketchers for around $35. I’ve seen old ladies wearing them, but I’m no fashionista; I don’t care if I dress like an old lady if my feet feel good. I also got a pair of Dr. Scholl’s shoes for $15, thinking they would be a good pair of work shoes. They were comfy until I wore them for a few hours and they started scraping the back of my ankles. I still wear them, but I have to put bandages on my ankles. Because they leave my ankles tender, I have to wear bandages when I wear other flats as well. It’s fun.
In less than two months, the Sketchers fell apart.
I was very sad. I started looking for shoes that day, but had no luck and got a bit upset over my ugly feet and being poor and stuff. The next day, I went to TJ Maxx on my lunch hour to look for shoes and lucked into a pair of cushiony sandals with no back and adjustable top straps and a pair of Jeep shoes. (Yeah, they make shoes. Who knew?) The total cost – $70 with tax. For me, that’s alot of money to spend on shoes, but I figured that I was lucky to find two pairs of shoes in one day. If I end up not needing to take either of them back, the money was well spent. If I do need to take one, or both, pairs back, then, well, at least I’ll have a refund or store credit. Plus, if those shoes keep me from having to walk around a bunch of stores on my bandaged crazy Asian monkey feet looking for new shoes for a year, then it will have been worth like, five or ten dollars more.