I have some issues with veins and swelling in my legs. Part of it is just the luck of the gods, part of it is a medication I take and most of the time I just sort of ignore it and carry on with my day. A few weeks ago though it was really bothering me and so I went to the pool and I ran in the water for about forty minutes. This really gets the blood pumping and the pressure of the water on my legs seems to help and when I got out of the water I was feeling pretty good. I know that I feel a bit better with lace up boots on so I went digging around in my closet for some lace up shoes that would stand up to me walking around all day at work and would also fit my orthotics. At the back of the closet, still in the box, I found a pair of sneakers I had bought ages ago at the Soft Moc outlet. A sucker for a sale I had picked up these shoes on impulse and then tossed them in the cupboard for a rainy day. They are grey with highlights of red and black and they are pretty light for running shoes. Though they hardly go with my usual business casual I have been struggling to find comfortable shoes which are up to the task of carrying me between different buildings at work and since work has no set dress code, well whatev’s.
I put the shoes on and I felt like I could jump and bounce and walk all day. It was like being Eeyore and suddenly turning into Tigger!
According to my chiropodist everyone should be wearing running shoes as they offer the best support, but I have never put on a pair of shoes like these. Suddenly I had a literal bounce in my step and I was bopping all over the office. People are commenting on the difference and my trainer was impressed when I opted for run ups yesterday instead of my usual step ups and other than that swim two weeks ago the shoes are the only change I’ve made. I think the biggest difference is that unlike the sandals I’ve been wearing recently these shoes are tight on my foot and keeping the swelling down on the top of my feet which means I have more range of motion – if you have ever experienced the tops of your feet swelling you will know that you end up walking sort of peg legged most of the time. My trainer noticed that my legs appeared less swollen and I think that has to do with the shoes as well since I am more likely to walk around, more likely to pick up the pace and hustle while wearing them.
My shoes are Merrell Barefoot Shoes, but my trainer showed me her Nikes and they are also pretty light so it may not be the brand per se, but the style of the shoes, but whatever it is, my budget be damned I’m going to buy a pair for every day of the week! I may look a bit special, but it’s a small price to pay for feeling this amazing.
– the Goddess