Toto, We’re NOT In Nordstrom Anymore…

Shhhh, don’t tell anyone.

I bought a pair of orthotic shoes last week.

It was a sad touchstone in my life. I have been a shoe freak since my first pair of brown and white saddle shoes, all the way to the latest adorable Tory Burch flats. Shoes don’t judge. You can be a size 8 or a size 16 and wear a fabulous pair of shoes and feel like a million bucks.

I had to break down and find some. With my recent jogging journey, coupled with my little tennis fantasy and the age of my high arched feet, I developed plantar fasciitis.

First, I thought it was just some temporary heel pain. But it went on for a couple of months. Then, in working at my little antique store one day in flip-flops ( a big no, no) I felt crippled in that foot and went straight to WebMD.

Bingo-Plantar Faciitis. The best part of the description was that it happens to athletic people. If you call running two minutes and walking one minute athletic, I’ll take it.

According to WebMD:
Plantar fasciitis (say “PLAN-ter fash-ee-EYE-tus”) is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed). Then your heel or the bottom of your foot hurts when you stand or walk.

Plantar fasciitis is common in middle-aged people. It also occurs in younger people who are on their feet a lot, like athletes or soldiers. It can happen in one foot or both feet.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports your arch. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament. These can lead to pain and swelling. This is more likely to happen if:

Your feet roll inward too much when you walk (excessive pronation camera.gif).
You have high arches or flat feet.
You walk, stand, or run for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces.
You are overweight.
You wear shoes that don’t fit well or are worn out.
You have tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles.

Most people with plantar fasciitis have pain when they take their first steps after they get out of bed or sit for a long time. You may have less stiffness and pain after you take a few steps. But your foot may hurt more as the day goes on. It may hurt the most when you climb stairs or after you stand for a long time

So off to the orthotic shoe store I went.

I mean seriously, these places need a HUGE makeover. I had to sign in and wait my turn behind an elderly gal getting those sexy black tennis shoes with the laces, and a 100-year-old cadaver couple arguing over which compression sock is the best. Toto, we’re not in Nordstrom anymore…

The selection was mediocre and the store gave me Buster Brown flashbacks from my youth. The saleslady was extremely helpful and I found a fairly cute pair of Vionic sandals that are so comfy on my feet. They aren’t Manolos but they will suffice.

Then I went on Zappos. The mother of all shoe sites. And there ARE cute orthotic shoes, THERE ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I still refuse to give up my Tory’s or my Jack Rogers. In the future, when I wear those, Advil better be close by.

And an orthotic insert from Walmart…




  1. Ah the memories of my youth. At the shoe store for “corrective” shoes.
    I bought some “eco” sox the other day. Supposed to be good for your circulation and hot weather. hahahahahahhaha

  2. OMG! I have vionics! they are not too bad and they make my knees feel so much better. i had plantar whats-its and used Dansko Shoes – they pretty much cured it- haven’t had the problem again- of course that was several years ago when Dansko’s were in – they were even in the JJill catalog. I was lamenting the fact that I really like the comfort of orthopedic shoes but REFUSE to wear SAS ot the other hideous ones I have seen- ugh. Vionic Flip Flops won’t do for the fall and winter even in Georgia- thanks for the tip on Zappos- going there now. You are NOT alone!!

  3. I have plantar fasciitis and it’s horrible! I literally feel your pain. If you can get insoles at Walmart that work, all the power to you. Chances are it will continue to worsen. If it does, the Orthaheel shoes are gold. They’re about $100 a piece but they make a huge difference. After wearing them most of the time I can now get up and go to the bathroom at night barefoot….something I couldn’t do before.

    Also, there are these little bands you can buy at Walgreens to put around your arch that will pull up the facia. They work fairly well.

    Either way, stretch your feet constantly. I’ve used a splint at night and those work, but now I find myself flexing my feet most of the time when I’m sitting.

    Holy crap. I totally just made this comment a walking advertisement. Hopefully it helped and godspeed with this horrible condition!

  4. Plantar fasciitis is a common complaint, and is very painful. I have learned yoga techniques to help alleviate the pain. Of course good supportive shoes are a must if you would like to learn more about yoga for plantar fasciiits, contact me.
    PS I love all of the good reports on the best brand shoes to look for and where..very helpful.

  5. Please give me your booth information again at the Cumming, Ga Flea market, I would like to visit when you are there. My email deleted that you had given all of your days ect.
    Judy Ann

  6. This is one of the best blog posts I’ve read in awhile. My gawd woman,you are too funny! As soon as I saw the pic of the orthotic shoes, I bust out laughing. I too, struggled with Plantar Faciitis for about six months. Hated it. Do you have to wear that damn Troglodyte boot to bed, too? THAT was the worst!!!

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