I have so many things I want to talk about, including my recent trip to Colorado and my thoughts on seeing the Dalai Lama! First though, let’s start with something that happened while I was away. My new shoes came!! I can’t tell you how excited I am. These aren’t just any shoes. I’ll admit that I subscribe to the girlish tendencies of getting giddy over shoes, however, these shoes are meant for the health of my feet more so than for style (although I think they look pretty nice too).
My feet have been one of those problems I’ve been ignoring now for a while. I’m on them a lot because of what I do, but we’ve never had a great relationship. I honestly can’t remember a time when my feet didn’t look somewhat crooked, but I also can’t remember when I realized that toes weren’t really supposed to go sideways. I’ll hold off on posting a picture right now because I’m still trying to get readers for this blog 🙂
OK, they aren’t that bad, it’s just that I have bunions and all the other toes kind of lean over like a disgusting tower of Pisa. By the way, I hate the word bunion. It seriously sounds like a gross disease. Probably if I had realized that it just means your big toe is leaning inward I would have felt a lot more motivated to deal with it.
Anyway, it turns out that bump on my foot is actually just the bone turned outwards. Conventionally the treatments are: leave it alone, or surgery! Yuck. Or leave it alone until it becomes a big enough problem and then surgery. But who wants that? I don’t. After reading that surgery was the only option a few years ago I stopped looking for ideas. Maybe I just didn’t know how to use Google then or maybe that information wasn’t so public. I’m not sure.
Recently though my feet seem to be getting worse than ever. Not so much pain, just in visual appeal, or lack thereof. I also recently started a new fitness routine that has a lot of jumping, which means I’m coming down on my feet and toes pretty hard and getting weird callouses.
My determination was renewed. I thought of those little toe dividers from the nail salon they use for pedicures. What if I could wear those all the time? I Googled something along the lines of how can I correct my toe alignment and suddenly I found a whole new world of foot care.
A product called Correct Toes appeared at the top of my search and informed me that someone had created a product similar to my idea, but with much more science attached. ( We’re getting back to shoes, I promise.) Basically these are toe spacers, and can be used for an assortment of foot ailments. They look a little funky but they gradually help put your foot back in a more natural position.
To use Correct Toes with shoes you need a shoe that can accommodate the wide spread of your toes. This led me down the path of so-called “minimalist” shoes, which CT has a recommendation list for.
I had heard a little about the minimalist shoe movement before buying these shoes. I’ve seen those weird toe shoes and know people who swear by them but I’m not an athlete or a runner so I never really paid much attention. We can get into the minimalist movement at a later point when I give you a shoe update. The basics are a wide toe-box to keep toes from being smashed together and a lack of “support” as far as holding the foot up. Basically let the foot just do its thing.
I looked through the list of CT’s complementary shoes and ultimately settled on their top brand, Lems, because it was the most practical, least ugly, and most cost-conscious choice. Incidentally they are based in Colorado and I was hoping to try some on in person. They mainly distribute from chiropractic offices right now though so that didn’t happen. I missed their Colorado street sale by a week! I took the plunge directly at their website and got 10% off for signing up for their email list. I chose the Primal 2 because my main goal is comfort at work. ( I’m in no way being compensated for this right now, just sharing an awesome company.) To buy both products is a significant investment, at least to me, however if it changes my feet or helps me walk better then it is 110% worth it to me.
For now I’ll just say that these shoes are super comfy. I enjoy feeling less constricted and less like I’m wearing shoes. As for Correct Toes, I’ve been following the instructions of only wearing them a half hour to an hour at a time now for several days. I’ve felt some pain but I also feel like my feet are enjoying spreading out. So far I’ve been able to wear them on my right foot during workouts but not on the left foot without major discomfort. I’m hopeful and excited to check back in with you in a few months and see how things are going. Have you used any of these products or are you into minimalist shoes?