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Fancy Shoes Be Damned

Oh, how I love shoes.  I like heels. High ones. I like to wear them, I like to smell them, I like to… okay, I’m really not obsessive (about anything).

On Tuesday, I wore my favorite pair all day long. I was on my feet for a large majority of the day.  By bedtime, I could hardly walk, and my I-thought-was-better hip pain was baaaack.

Suddenly, it occurred to me why my hip hurt.  My darn shoes. All twenty thirty forty random pairs of them.

Is it actually possible that while I most likely do have a hip injury from that first triathlon over a year ago, that it’s really only aggravated by heel wearing combined with extreme training days?  So thousands of dollars later, I just had to dispose of the fancy shoes?

Come on.  Really? Really.

So apparently next to eating pizza and drinking beer, heels are the last pleasure in my life to be ripped away from my white knuckled grasp.  (What?  You didn’t know that today is Dramatic Declarations Day?)

Are these in my future??!

Apparently, the shift in the center of gravity caused from the heels is enough to make the hips want to escape the body. “Wearing high heels creates faulty biomechanics and unnecessary stress on your ankles, knees, pelvis, and potentially throughout your entire spine,” so says Dr. Ben Kim (who is, of course, a B-O-Y).

Okay, Dr. Kim.  Fine.

Your feet and the rest of your body pay a heavy price whenever you wear high heels….Can you imagine the burden [your feet endure] when your entire weight and more is crushing down on the base of your toes rather than being evenly distributed to all 26 bones of each foot?” asked Dr. Kim.

Dr. Kim, be quiet. I said OKAY. I hear you. And I agree. Triathlon training and health is more important than sassy shoes.

So yesterday, I grudgingly made a beeline for the Payless BoGo sale, and bought a slew of flats.  I needed to replace the twenty thirty forty pairs of heels with  four five seven a few pairs of flat flat flat shoes.

Today, I am wearing a pair of the little snazzy flat numbers.  Well, I don’t know.  Snazzy may be an exaggeration. 

I have almost no hip pain today. However cute they may be, these homely little things have got nothing on my brown bombshells above.  

BUT if bedroom slipper shoes means that I can make it to Miami in one piece, I am going to wear them with bells.  
I can hear my mother right now….I told you that those shoes were going to do you in one day….I have always said that you were going to be a broken up old lady wearing skyscrapers like that…and another thing… 

Sigh. Mom wins again.


  • Kristin Deaton

    September 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    OH girl I switched to flats a long time ago. It is sad to see all the nice high heels go to waist. I occasionally break them out but only during the off season and it requires a day off the next day. However my mother is the opposite she would lock me out of a party if she ever saw me in anything but a heel!!!

  • Amanda Joy

    September 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    So sad! I just learned to LOVE wearing sexy high heels, and I'm in the same boat. I have hip pain that is aggravated by those damn shoes, but I'm just not ready to give them up yet. It's fun to get all dressed up and have the heels to go with the best new outfit. So I wear my fabulous heels 1 day per week (sometimes I sneak in a second day) and my boring (not so snazzy) flats. Funny how I was just going to post a similar post to my blog this week.


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