I always wore "cutsy" shoes....ballet flats, low heels with bows on the toes. Then, when I left work to raise my children, I was in slippers and bare feet a lot. WHAM! I got plantar faciitis so badly that I honestly could only walk a few yards without terrible pain. It was horrible. When I wanted to put my feet on the ground, I almost tasted blood in my mouth.
My 25th anniversary came up and my husband took me to San Francisco. He had a speaking engagement there so I thought I'd walk around during the day....NOT! I managed to catch the trolleys but that was about all. I walked two blocks on my own and had to turn around and head back. I wasn't even sure I could make it back!
When I got home I mentioned this to my mother. She is the one that told me about Birkenstocks. I'd never heard of them but Mom and Dad would go to New York City a lot and she said there were sooo many people wearing Birkenstocks so they must be comfortable. I decided to buy a pair but, quite frankly, I thought they were the ugliest shoe I had ever seen! But it was far more important to me to be able to walk without all of the pain. All the doctors had to offer were cortisone shots in my heels and the possibility of surgery.
As I said, I bought them, had difficulty with them but then took the time to get my feet used to a shoe with good support. The foot bed is shaped like the shape you would get if you stood in sand.
I no longer have plantar faciitis and can even walk bare-footed without pain. I've walked through Italy in these shoes and stood on glaciers with them.
Be sure to set your correct currency in the upper left corner so you see the correct price for the items. The prices are less than half price for what you pay here in the US. I realized this when I visited Germany. Shoes that were $96 here were only $40 there! But, I haven't bought any in a while so I'm not sure how the prices are because of the value of our dollar. But, check it out. It definitely is cheaper than the stores and there is no tax or shipping and handling. I have no affiliation with this site. I just searched until I found a site that didn't charge high shipping and handling. I've never had a problem with them, either.
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