One major drag about getting plantar fasciitis at the start of the summer: trying to find shoes that are kind to my feet yet don’t make me look like a capital-L Loser. It’s sortof easy in Portland for three reasons: a) it’s barely cracking 65 degrees here most days; b) I work from home so only the UPS delivery guy sees my footwear; c) it’s, uh, Portland. Yet now I’m headed to Connecticut for a month (with the kids to visit my folks) where it’s hot and folks pay attention to things like trends.
Thus it was divine providence (a.k.a. Twitter) that brought me one solution. A pal—Julie Anderson of Chubby Mommy Running Club—read of my PF angst, and she suggested I try Oh! Shoes, a brand of sexy, gorgeous shoes that somehow manage to be healthy for your feet. (Okay, maybe not American Podiatric Medicine Association healthy, but pretty dang close…) A few highlights: The specially designed heel absorbs shock, and the patented footbed works like an orthotic to support the foot. And the toe area isn’t elfishly pointy.
The company hooked me up with a pair of hot-momma sandals that are, gee, what a shocker, higher than I typically wear. I’m not afraid of rising above six feet; I just don’t live an up-on-heels kind of lifestyle. (Like I said, Portland…) But while I’m visiting my fam, I will be heading into NYC a few times and, gee, I hear New Yorkers kinda pay attention to fashion. Thanks to Oh! Shoes, I can walk the city sidewalks being kind to my PF and looking stylish.
Oh! Shoes has generously offered us a pair sandals—winner’s choice!--for one lucky lady chosen at random from those of you who tell us a coping strategy for being sidelined from running. Your reason doesn't have to be earthshattering--just empathetic (a vital trait of RLAMers). Can’t wait to see if you win a pair? Get 20% off a pair using the promo code JulieJulie20 on the Oh! Shoes website.
p.s. the random winner of the a pair of the Newton Momentum, an all-terrain shoe is...
Jodie: I don’t mess with things unless they are broken. In other words I don’t need the newest things unless I am having a problem with what I currently have. I don’t get a new cell phone until I break or lose the one I have. I don’t get new running shoes until I wear out my current ones.
Please email us at runmother at gmail dot com to redeem your prize.