My nutritionist recently encouraged me to make sure that I am getting 8,000-10,000 steps a day (now revised to just walking an hour a day, which is closer to 6,000 steps a day.). William has a saying in his family that you should always buy the best tool you can afford to get the job done, so I decided that if I was going to start walking more, I needed better walking shoes as my cute footwear is not cut out for the job.
Honestly, I don't like tennis shoes or athletic shoes because there's just nothing cute about them. My brother Ryen told me that ugly shoes are trending this year, so that makes me feel a little bit better about taking our loop around the the neighborhood wearing Amazon fashion + ugly shoes. I spent hours researching the most comfortable+best looking tennis shoe, and I ordered a pair from a company called Hey Dude.
However, my HD shoes got trashed during the delivery process, so I went with Sketchers Go Walk, which are a brand that has fit my feet fine in the past and had about 60,000 positive reviews. When they arrived, it looked like they would work just fine. A slip on navy blue shoe with a nice padded area on the bottom that looked like they would be comfortable.
There was one problem, though. I could barely squeeze my feet into the shoes. But I got them in, and we started off on our walk. One shoe was rubbing on my heel, but I thought, okay, sometimes you have to break the shoe in a little. By the time we'd taken about 500 steps, though, there was a spot on the back of my right foot that was a total mess, and I could hardly stand to take another step because it hurt so much. (And yeah, I know that sounds like I was being a total drama queen, but I'm not exaggerating, it really hurt.)
We sat down for a moment on a bench at a nearby Mexican restaurant, and William said, "I wonder if I have anything in my wallet that would help." I was thinking a band-aid. He was thinking maybe a dollar.
Yes, he pulled out the dollar. We folded it up. We put it between the shoe and my messy blister, and it worked. I was actually able to walk quite comfortably with the dollar in my shoe, and we finished our entire walk that night. Who knew that a dollar could save the day?
My thought for the day is to add a dollar to your first-aid kit because it could come in handy.
The shoes are now working pretty well, but I still have to wear a band-aid on my heel when we go for our nightly walks if I want to be comfortable.