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How My Skechers Helped Me Walk Without Pain Again

Aeryn Lynne

There are a few Canadian bloggers out there that can attest to the fact that I like to walk. Living in a condensed city, it’s sometimes much easier and faster to walk from A to B, rather than driving there or sometimes even using transit. Much to their consternation, I will lead friends to where they want/need to go with little thought to distance; which doesn’t help when they ask, “How much farther?” and I answer with “We’re… close-ish.”

It should also be a running joke now, whenever I go to a blogging conference, that I always wind up wearing shoes that somehow break my feet. Sometimes it’s my ankle or heel, sometimes my toes… there was this one weekend at BlogHer where I had hurt my feet in nearly every way imaginable in the span of 48 hours. Also managed actually to break the shoes too, (erm, thinking on that thought, that last bit happened at both BlogHers I’ve been to.) Sandals and wedges and BlogHer conferences don’t mix for me.

Also? The lasting average before a pair is completely ruined for me is about 5 months. I’m kinda rough with my shoes.

One thing that I’ve never mentioned to anyone though, but TheHubs, is that my feet have experienced quite a bit of constant pain over the past year. Back in early April, it got bad enough that I asked for help, as I was limping from the moment that I woke, there wasn’t any relief day in or out. The doc gave me two fancy words: “plantar fasciitis,” and I have to wonder if its somewhat hereditary, ’cause I’m not the only one in the family to have this on their medical resume. After determining that I’ve tried ALL of those pillow/gel inserts at the drug store, with absolutely no relief, the only course of action according to him would be orthotics.

I never ended up taking that prescription to a specialist though.

I’m not usually one for playing with my health like that, but I had a greatly vain reason why not to pick up a pair of specialized shoes, which made me very hesitant to go find the right pair of shoes for myself. If this is your first time on this site, I have only recently been able to “show off” my love of fashion, because “plus-size” + “fashion” didn’t always = fabulous (and it largely still doesn’t in Canada, but we’re making waves.)  The bottom line was, I didn’t want to have to figure out what to wear based on what I could only imagine as dull, bland, orthotic shoes.

And I’m not fully basing my idea that orthotics are bland on imagination alone. A few members in my family have these types of shoes, and don’t tell them I said this, but they’re kinda fugly. (The shoes, not the family.)

A week before the  trip to the doc’s, I was very lucky to experience a tour of Skechers headquarters in Mississauga. I say “lucky” for a reason. Before this point, I hadn’t owned a pair of Skechers since my LA Gears back in grade 4. I didn’t have anything against them, I remember loving my LAs quite a bit; fate took me in a different direction I guess.

There was so much pretty from current lines, for nearly every occasion,  on display to showcase that they’ve come a long way throughout the years! I even almost got left behind, once the tour was done, deep within the bowels of shiny, pretty shoes, true story. It’s totally a place where I could easily live though, so I was kinda bummed when they found me before the bus left.

Many Shoes to Enjoy at Skechers Headquarters

At this Skechers event, we all wound up with a pair from their On-T-Go line. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen these beauties. They were so light weight, I wouldn’t notice them in my purse if I were to carry them around.

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Like all other walking shoes I’ve owned, these didn’t last very long, but they gave my feet a freedom that I hadn’t felt in a year.

Also? My feet suck without adding plantar faciitis (pf) to the mix. There are not many pairs of shoes out there that don’t give me blisters on the back of my heels from the first few weeks to always-and-forever, whenever I try to break a new pair in.

These cuties from Skechers though?  Not a single blister since the first time I put them on.

They’re just awesome.

It’s not like the pf disappeared the moment I put these babies on.  Its a type of pain at the base of my heel that would make itself constantly felt, even while I was asleep.  I was gambling that these Skechers walking shoes couldn’t do any more harm to my feet than what was done already (and constantly thinking out an OOTD post to showcase them in;) what I hadn’t counted on though, was they actually made my feet feel better gradually. It was a bit of a shock, but I would wear them absolutely every single time I could get away with wearing walking/nautical-looking shoes, as it felt like I was walking on pillows. I was starting to cringe whenever I couldn’t wear these slip-ons when going out.

It took two months for me to realise I was no longer walking in pain.  I was shocked.  Actually stopped what I was doing at the time (which was getting my shoes on for a long walk around town with TheHubs,) and had a “Huh.” moment.  We both wondered if my feet had just healed themselves on their own (unlikely, as this pain had gone on for a year,) and I don’t think pf ever goes away, once you’ve hurt your feet the first time.

I cried when my cute Skechers On-The-Go broke in early August.  It was during the last stretch of an 11km walk TheHubs and I took in and around High Park on a beautifully sunny Saturday afternoon.  We played ball with a gorgeous little dog named Megs that we had just met at the park, and caught some of the colourful flora and even some adorable fauna on my Canon T3i, and it was just a perfect day; until one of my shoes wound up with a whole at the bottom and then I was more on the lookout for glass instead of the distinct birds you can find if you have the patience for watching in that huge park.

Skechers On-The-Go, fabulous for relief from plantar faciitis

I had my proof that it was the Skechers shoes that helped my feet feel free of pain, ’cause that pain was coming back a week later.

When I could find the time (how did August and September get so busy yo?) I went to the Stockyards Mall and found a new pair of Skechers to love (Elite, and wide-width, woot!)

Skechers Wide Width Elite

This pair did give me blisters, but only for the first 3 days, and they have a much different heal than the On-The-Go pair, which is why they rubbed awkwardly.  Otherwise, this pair doesn’t hurt at all now, and they too have helped my feet from ever feeling that pf injury.

So, that’s it, I’m hooked.  Skechers has a huge collection of shoes that meet nearly every occasion, which means I’m just gonna have to build on my home collection more.  Did you see that pair of white booties up on that top image?  I want.

 

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Aeryn Lynne

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Living in Superman's Metropolis (aka Toronto, Canada), Aeryn Lynne found a way to entirely over-share everything she loves, and make a career out of it! Ultimately a geek, she waxes poetically over technology, fights for fashion-equality, squees over comic art, and literally sparkles, thanks to her makeup addiction.
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9 Comments on “How My Skechers Helped Me Walk Without Pain Again

Jen
September 26, 2014 at 9:45 pm

I swear once you go sketchers you NEVER go back!! I have owned many sketchers over the years and I haven’t yet to get a blister or sore feet when wearing them for the first time! I love love love my sketchers

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Aeryn Lynne
September 29, 2014 at 1:49 pm

WOOT for Sketchers love! I swear, I needed my pair while we were playing with those RYOBI power tools a few weeks ago, LOL.

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Randa @ TBK
September 27, 2014 at 12:37 pm

My last pair of Skechers were very comfortable, I would like to get another pair for a walking shoe. I’ll look at these ones in particular.

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Aeryn Lynne
September 29, 2014 at 1:52 pm

The On-The-Go line is such a fab walking shoe Randa, especially if you enjoy a pillow/walking on a cloud feeling, lol. 🙂 While I love my current Elite pair, and wouldn’t give them up, I do miss the walking on air feeling that the OTG pair gave.

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Tammy
September 27, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Wow, your feet sound like mine..some days u can’t even wear shoes. Sounds like I should get a pair or 2 of sketchers.

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Aeryn Lynne
September 29, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Yep! I’ve had those days where it would have to be a really big deal to get my feet into shoes, lol. I really recommend trying a pair of Skechers, particularly the On-The-Go line! Its almost like just putting on a pair of comfy socks, heh.

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Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel
September 28, 2014 at 3:08 pm

I used to wear Sketchers all the time, but haven’t for years. Love the style of shoes and your recommendation – it’s about time I checked them out again.

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Aeryn Lynne
September 29, 2014 at 1:47 pm

They are just so comfy these days Kerrie, and such a great collection of various styles for almost any occasion. Happy hunting! 🙂

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Ginger
October 16, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Have you tried the medical line of Crocs? They have some that aren’t too ugly and they feel wonderful. I think maybe I showed you mine when we met at Pier 1?

Anyway, I have PF from time to time in my arches. Boooo-urns! So quality shoes are good, and funnily for me, wearing heels helps me get over my pain. I think it stretches out the part that needs it.

Judging by your details and the wear patterns on your shoes, I really think you should see a podiatrist and get some inserts made. Especially if you walk so much. They’ll help actually FIX your feet, rather than just taking the pain away temporarily. Plus, you can still get cute shoes and shove them in there 🙂

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