(I deal with the reality of this picture down further in this post.)
This post is not to be read by size six shoe lovers with pretty feet. Some of the rest of you might enjoy sending me a few “amens” and condolences.
In case you missed my “Trendy? Not Me” back a couple of years ago, please go there to provide a background for what I am about to say.
I sure enough got caught up in the flip-flop rage. And I will admit I bought —-several; got all pedicured up with dark brownish-red toenail polish and began shuffling like the younger set do. I guess right here I need to acknowledge that the feet in the picture do not belong to me. You will note that these toes are colored a lightish pink more fitting to a child. I try to be realistic and stay with my more grand motherly types. I will say, however, that most of my peers refused to come out of their canvas walking shoes. So I came off pretty stylish until I decided I did not like to keep my toes curled up in order to keep them on.
So I found the perfect answer – flip-flops with a back strap. And I found that a back strap made my ankles look better from the outside side and the back side; they took away from that elephant-y ankle look when observed from the back side and outside side, although it didn’t help from the inside side and front side. But that strap was expensive. Do you realize a flip-flop with a back strap costs about $15 more than one without a back strap? In the summer time when one needs a new pair at least twice a month, your outgo is raised about $100 dollars just for that strap! By the time you have paid for the whole shoe about eight times in the summer, you can kiss about $300 dollars goodbye. But that’s enough about budget.
You wouldn’t realize that size matters so much in footwear that just requires something to cover the sole of you foot without sticking out the end far enough to trip you. But it does! I pointed out the first danger – too long and you will trip. Too short and you will suffer painfully between the toes because there is no heel area to expand to. That back strap keeps that from happening. And as I said you really need the strap to give the illusion of trim ankles. But with the strap you will not be able to extend the heel that extra inch back. That’s good though because when the heel projects back farther than the shoe sole, it can cause pain where the ridge lets your weight drop and often can cause permanent damage if ignored. Another thing, it is never satisfactory to walk through a goat head patch if you do not keep protection under the whole foot – actually, “feet” because both are exposed to the goat heads. You will face the same problem in cuckleburrs and sandburr patches. If you are finicky about spelling you might notice that I am using variant spelling styles. As I said some finicky spellers might prefer, cockleburs and sand burs. That first one just is not dictionary-spelled the way it is pronounced. If they are wrong, I don’t see that I need to be also! And if you ever get into either of this patches you will recognize the need for the drawn out “errr” sound – like “sand bur” just does not do justice to the real experience! At least that’s my thinkin’ about the matter.
Well, my dear blogging friends, I almost got carried away there and forgot I am on a timed mission here at the library. If you would appreciate more material on this subject, please pray for me that I will get a new computer so I can be freer to let my muse loose at any hour of the day.