Unlike many of my friends who have Zappos bookmarked and love spending hours walking through DWS, I have never been a "shoe person." Of course I buy shoes, but simply because it is more comfortable to keep my feet covered versus trying to make a fashion statement. I don't coordinate my shoes to match an outfit (unless I am going to a wedding or funeral) because it is inconvenient to change shoes on my prosthesis. If I cared about fashion, I suppose it wouldn't be an issue, but since I don't care, it is nothing short of a hassle to pry the shoe off of a plastic foot shell and then try to wiggle another one in its place.
before my amputation I was not a shoe aficionado. Since I've become an
amputee, my blase feelings towards footwear have only increased. I find
shoe shopping an exercise in frustration. People inevitably stare when I
whip off my leg so that I can have a better angle to wiggle on a new
shoe. Although I typically smile through the process, I hate trying
shoes on in public! I tend to buy the same brand, style and size of
shoe once I find a pair that is comfortable.
I have found
Skechers to be the most comfortable and prosthetic friendly shoe for
me. I like the stretch along the tongue, which allows easier access for
my quasi-human shaped foot shell. I am particularly fond of Shape-Ups,
not because of the toning benefits but because the shape of the sole
allows me to roll over the toe of my prosthesis with ease. My gait is
more natural with this little boost of assistance.
A few weeks
ago I tried a new style of Skechers, the "Go Walk" shoe. My first
impression was the weight of the shoe. This shoe is light, weighing in
at only 4.5 ounces. By comparison, my Skechers DeLite shoe weighs 10
ounces. When wearing a prosthesis that weighs upwards of 7 pounds, any
reduction in weight is greatly appreciated! (Yes, I admit to digging
through the abyss of my kitchen cupboard in order to find my scale so I
could provide an accurate weight. I not only found the scale, but
discovered a can of Spaghetti-Os that expired in 2009. I really need to
clean out my cupboards!)
Impressed but not convinced by weight, I
decided to try on the shoe . Wow, the stretchy material on the top of
the shoe certainly made it easier to slip it onto my prosthesis. A few
steps and I was sold! The bubble-like sole assists with the roll-over
that I love from the Shape-Up shoe, without compromising heel height or
comfort. Not only do I love how these shoes feel, but I like the way
that they look. Because of the simple lines, I can wear them with a
skirt or with jeans.
I know that this sounds like a commercial
for Skechers, but I assure you I am not compensated by the company. I
am simply excited that I found something that is working so well for me.
Every once in awhile I discover a new product that makes my life as an
amputee easier. I know that others struggle with shoes and I think that
the Go Walk shoe might be a solution.