I have always felt like a bit of an anomaly among my female friends. While they all seem to channel their inner Carrie Bradshaw by boasting of their closet teeming with shoes, I have always taken a minimalist approach to footwear. Even when I had both biological feet I wasn't a shoe fanatic.
I have never enjoyed shoe shopping, nor have I ever become excited by scoring the perfect pump or heel. Before I was an amputee I never ventured out in heels, I certainly don't feel the need to start now. That's right, I'll confess. I am 42 years old and I've never worn high heel shoes.
Since my amputation, my ambivalence about shoe shopping has morphed into a strong dislike. Shoe shopping is now a chore, something that I'm forced to do three or four times a year when my sneakers finally wear out. I have a pair of "dressy" black flats that I will wear when a more upscale attire is required, but typically I am wearing sneakers. I know that most will not understand, but I just don't really care what is on my feet.
In this month's episode of Amp'd, Dave and I delve into our footwear feelings. Whereas I am a minimalist, Dave has accumulated quite the shoe collection. We discuss the unique issues that arise when shopping for shoes as a lower extremity amputee, as well as our personal (and somewhat humorous) experiences. Enjoy!
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