Looky what Uncle Sam bought ME today! Steel-toe boots. Red Wing. Good 'uns that will keep my toes nice and safe on the flightline. We got vouchers for them today and just had to go to the Red Wing store and get fitted and take 'em home. They have this thing that you stand on that measures your foot and shows your pressure points to make sure you get pretty much a custom fit. As soon as I stood on that thing and my feet showed up on the screen, the salesgirl gasped and said, "Oh my God, LOOK at your feet!" I know I have bad feet. It comes from being barefoot 99.99% of the time (the tagline of my blog ain't there for nothin'. My walk through life IS mostly barefoot. I admit that openly and without shame.). I hate shoes. Always have. And I have never, ever bought a pair of good support shoes. I like flip flops and thin, flat little shoes that I can kick off and be barefoot again.
And now that I'm almost 45, I have bad feet. And bad ankles. Just a mess of pain and swelling. It's usually not pretty.
The Red Wing thingamajiggitybobbity tells you where you're putting the most pressure on your feet when you stand and walk. The most pressure is supposed to be on the balls of your feet and your heels. That's red on the screen. The rest of your foot should be blue. The SIDES of my feet were red, from toes to heel and the balls of my feet were blue. :) I walk on the sides of my feet like a duck, always have, probably always will. They told me today that these boots will keep my feet straight and MAKE me walk right.
Yeah, right, whatever. Maybe if they were pink, they would.