Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Not So Glad Topic That Keeps Rearing Its Ugly…Feet

My post about shoe gluing made me realize that maybe it was time once again to try to replace the precious B.U.S.es (butt-ugly shoes; thank you, Sioux, for giving them such an appropriate name in the comment section of this post). Although they were so very comfortable, there have to be other comfortable shoes in the world, right?

I was hoping the replacement I got would do double-time. Couldn’t cute also be comfortable? The box said they could. These were sort of gladiator-style shoes with incredibly soft soles made of suede that feel like they have memory foam underneath. Ahhhh.

Yet…I knew the straps on them felt a little tight, but they would loosen up, right?

Ha. My gladiators are at war with my feet. They are vicious opponents. They grab hold of my toes and keep them bound into submission like slaves to their torturous leather straps that cut like whips. At the end of the first day I wore them, I emancipated my feet while still in the school parking lot and let out a small scream of horror. My feet had been lashed, slashed, gashed and mashed in such horrible ways that the sight of them scared me a little bit.

The next day I was limping. I’m too old to have shoe-wars. My dearest Butt Uglies, I embrace you yet again…but not too hard because you’re falling apart. Pass the glue.

My momma always said you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes, where they go, where they've been. ~Forrest Gump


  1. Shoes - the bane of my life! If I could wear trainers all day and every day I would be happy but sometimes something a little smarter is required - and then I'm crippled for days afterwards.

  2. LOL, exactly why I wear flip-flops. :) I hate the idea of finding a job where I have to wear shoes again. ;)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  3. Ouch! I hate when that happens!

  4. I've been wearing the same pair of shoes for a long time. I had several pair in which I could fit my orthotic insoles, but my arches are falling, so now there's only one pair I find comfortable. They're wearing out and turning ugly. Now one of my doctors is sending me to a different orthotics place about my falling arches, so I'm guessing Big Money again.
    Meanwhile, I have plenty of shoes I never wear.
    Sigh again.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  5. You're probably too stylish and cute for Crocs, Tammy, but I love them. Your tale of battling your shoes was quite humorous.

  6. OMG you too? I bought THE cutest pair of wedges with delicate, black macrame design and fine little spaghettti straps. They looked so cute in the store, but when I wore them to school and walked in them, the straps strangled my feet and my feet fought a raging battle and ERUPTED the victor, right out of the side of my shoe. My wide feet broke the straps. Going back to flip flops. I so loved those wedge shoes :(

  7. Well, guess I'm not alone! Except for maybe the gluing part.... Sioux, I have a friend who swears by Crocs. Will have to check them out, thanks. And Linda, congratulations to your feet for winning!

  8. Hahahaha!! You always make me laugh. I have BUS, too (two identical pairs of mules in brown and black so I can be comfortable but unstylish in two different colors). I'm the same way with my jeans...once they're broken in, oh, man...LOL My husband threatened to pitch my last great pair because the holes at the corners of the back pockets were showing off my undies. LOL


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