Yeah, once again I have had to go shopping for foot attire due to a case of soggy socks.
Being diabetic, foot care is important. My uncle lost a foot because he didn’t take enough notice of a stone in his shoe. His foot blistered, festered, ulcerated and before long, he had no choice but to lose it. Therefore, I’m taking no chances.
As you know, I hate shopping for clothes at the best of times, and in all honesty I wasn’t in the mood to go shoe shopping today, but Hubby forced me into it.
We’d decided to go and get our 2016 river licence in person rather than rely on the post. It was a pleasant enough start to the day, so after fishing out the relevant copies of our BSC (Boat Safety Certificate) and our boat insurance, we set off just after 11am.
The question was whether to go to Worcester or Gloucester for shoes, and as Hubby had just replaced his work boots, we opted for the latter as there was Sports Direct shop directly opposite, so I could have a choice as to what style to go for this time.
I’d worn steel toed boots for several years, but the last couple of pairs had squeaked on me, so I’d changed to a trainer type.
However, these last two pairs have been wanting in the waterproofing department, and I am particularly annoyed as the ones I’d been wearing were purchased not so long ago.
Why is it that us women have to walk the furthest in any shop to buy anything for ourselves? Menswear is nearly always on the ground floor, but anything for women is on the first or second.
Today, I had to climb two flights of stairs to find the ladies section, and because I couldn’t find anything similar to what I was wearing asked a young lad for some assistance.
I told him what I was interested in, pointing to my feet, and said whatever they were, they would have to be waterproof and comfortable as I walked the dog a lot. He asked me about price range, and I said not the earth, but comfort was paramount, so what did he have?
He showed me three pairs ranging in price from £30 to £50, and trotted off to get my size. They didn’t have a 7 in one colour, so he’d bought out a blue pair in the range instead for me to try.
They rubbed my heel, so I tried the second pair, and had the same problem. The third was OK on my right foot but hurt my left.
He suggested I tried one of their cheaper range (by £10) and it was like putting on a pair of slippers!
‘Are they waterproof?’ I asked.
He showed me the label stating this was the case, and added that if they let the water in within 30 days, I could return them for replacement or a full refund. (I also found out that if the ones I was wearing were less than six months old, I could have had them replaced if I still had the receipt).
That was good enough for me, so much to his surprise at the speed of my choice, I handed over my money, and wore them this afternoon when I walked into town to get some socks for Maggie.
We noticed she was limping this morning, and are aware that sometimes she licks her feet raw either in obsessive cleaning or boredom/anxiety. We have medication to treat it if it occurs, but this time it wasn’t self-inflicted. She has a damaged pad, which looks like it’s blistered and she’s worried the skin off, so we’re putting her foot in a baby sock (with gaffer tape on the base to keep it dry-ish as she walks) until it heals over.