Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I Hate My New Shoes!

One of the reasons why I do not wear skirts or dresses to work is that my feet can't take being in heels all day. In fact, I haven't even been wearing skirts or dresses to church for about six months now because my heels just are not comfortable. Although I'm not stylish in the least, I do draw the line at wearing my clunky L.L. Bean mocs or tennis shoes with skirts or dresses. I really do not like heels but finally decided to buy a new pair for the summer.

I ordered this pair called Soft Style by Hush Puppies from Mason Shoes because they carry narrow widths and the catalog said they were comfortable--HA! When I went to the store first, none carried narrow. Maybe my feet are just used to medium now and that's why they felt so uncomfortable. Maybe I'm just not used to having shoes that fit right. Yet, shouldn't you be able to walk without your feet hurting? I walk very slowly in these too which is frustrating for me.

I wore these new shoes on Sunday and could barely walk, they hurt my feet so much. If I was sitting, they felt okay so I sat down to teach my Sunday School class. Just walking to and from the car and through the halls of the church was killing my feet. It seemed like the top part of the shoe was biting my foot! I never did like getting new shoes because I never know if they feel uncomfortable just because they need to be broken in or if they're just a hopeless case and I should return them. How long do I try these things? Any tips for how to adjust to new shoes? These are size 7A. What size should I get if I return them? This is why I don't like buying new shoes! What a hassle.

UPDATED 4/21/09 AT 8:08: In view of the comments on this post, I have decided to return these shoes and try again. My feet are happy to hear it!

Speaking of shopping, check out my What Kind Of Shopper Are You post on "My Funny Dad, Harry" blog.


Daisy said...

I'm sorry your pretty new shoes hurt. I only have 2 tips:
1. My Mommie buys all her shoes on-line at Zappos. The customer service is awesome, they arrive literally overnight, they are easy to return, there are lots of reviews of the fit and comfort, and a huge selection.
2. We think Dansko shoes are really comfy, and they make some dressier styles, too.

Sandee said...

Daisy is right...Zappos rock. I'm sorry that you have such grief over your new shoes. I hate it when shoes hurt. At my age I do the flats and they have to be comfortable. No more heels for me.

Have a terrific day Karen. :)

Junk Drawer Kathy said...

Oh, I'm not good at this. I have the worst time finding heeled shoes that don't hurt me one hour after putting them on. I don't know when it happened exactly, but I cannot wear high heels anymore. All I know is I've found really comfortable shoes at JCPenney (St. John's Bay is a brand that comes to mind)and I intend to keep shopping there.

p.s A shoe should not have to be broken in if it's the right fit for you. You described them as biting your feet, so I'm gonna go ahead and say send 'em back. We want you to have a gloriously comfortable shoe that makes you feel like dancing :)

Mary said...

I'm with you. I can't find dress shoes that don't hurt my feet. They had to be designed by a man...along with the bra!!!!!

BeadedTail said...

I used to have to wear dress shoes every day and always had a hard time finding ones that were comfortable. Now since I've been telecommuting from home for 6 years, I don't know if I could walk 10 feet in dress shoes!

One Creative Queen said...

I've got to go with Mary on both points! lol I'm sorry about your new shoes - I hate, hate, hate wearing heels. In fact, I hate it so much that I intentionally chose a job where I wouldn't have to get dressed up and wear heels. I won't even wear them to church. I just can't stand them - and everyone I know thinks I'm nuts. I can't help it - I have a hard enough finding a comfortable pair of tennies to wear. Maybe that's why I only buy shoes when the last pair has holes?? xx

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Daisy--Thanks for the tips!

Sandee--I normally wear flats too. Another vote for Zappos I see. I'll look for some.

Junk Drawer--I think you are right, these need to go back. My feet thank you! I looked at Penney's but they didn't have my size.

Mary--Yeah, don't even get me started on bras--that's another sore subject with me. Why do women let men do this to us? We need to rebel and quit wearing these uncomfortable things they dream up.

Beaded Tail--Fortunately, I don't have to dress up all that much for work. I can wear slacks and flats every day so that's a good thing. No way could I run for the bus in heels!

One Creative Queen--I think we are the sensible ones. The nuts are the ones who torture their feet in those heels! I'm glad to hear there are others who don't like heels either. I have a hard time finding comfortable tennis shoes too!

Anonymous said...

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