Just call me "Spring-heel Jack"
Submitted by Saint on Wed, 01/14/2004 - 10:06am. Other
This isn't an overheard thing; it's a shameless testimonial to my new Z-Coil shoes. Sure, they look ridiculous, but I've never owned a more comfortable pair of shoes.

Before I got them, I gimped around like a cripple for the first few hours of every day--the pain in my feet made it agony to walk, and it showed. And though the pain would subside somewhat after a while, it never went away. Now, I can walk without feeling like I have broken glass in my heels. The pain hasn't entirely gone away (but then again, I've only been wearing my Z-Coils for three days), but it's so much better I can hardly believe it.

Okay, so at $150-$200+ dollars, they aren't for everyone. But the springs are the part doing most of the work, and so are the part most likely to wear out--and the springs can be replaced for $35 for a pair. The rest of the shoe can last years without showing significant wear and tear, even when worn daily. So even with the initial outlay, that's less than I used to spend on shoes, trying to find something--anything--that would feel better.
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Posted by tim on Wed, 01/14/2004 - 10:53am.
in comfortable shoes??
; )
--" The torture never stops"--
Considering that I can twist
Posted by Cebu on Thu, 01/15/2004 - 5:59pm.
Considering that I can twist my ankle and trip while barefoot, heels are not a good thing. I wouldn't bother with those skinny little pinky-sized heals.

May I ask why you have such foot pain? I'm always wanting the perfect walking shoe because my feet hurt after walking around.
I'm not sure
Posted by Saint on Thu, 01/15/2004 - 6:45pm.
I haven't the money to visit a foot doc. But my two best guesses are 1. heel spurs (the genetic trend is strong in my family) or 2. an aggravation of the tendons in the bottom of my feet. The root cause, of course, is most likely the 100+ extra pounds I carry, and I suspect I'd all around feel better if I lost them, but...easier said than done.

If there's a dealer in your area, you ought to give the Z-Coils a try. Just go in and try a pair on, walk around, see if they work for you before you lay the money down. They were developed to help with the ailments that afflict runners and other people on their feet a lot, and they're really terribly comfortable.
Or possibly
Posted by daen on Fri, 01/16/2004 - 3:52pm.
Plantar fasciitis might be another cause. Now that I think of it, that may be what you were referring to in #2. Fascia is the tough membranous connective tissue that thickens to form tendons and ligaments, and plantar refers to the underside of the foot. (Yeah, that would probably cover "tendons in the bottom of my feet".) It usually shows up in connection with heel spurs, too.

Sorry. Voices from my massage therapist past.
I'll stop boring you now.
Posted by Saint on Fri, 01/16/2004 - 4:09pm.
You're not boring. And I'd probably get killed if I let you go away thinking you were.

I'm always happy to get an opinion on what ails me, so long as I don't have to pay for the opinion. Doctors. Feh. Who needs 'em?
Good to know
Posted by daen on Wed, 01/21/2004 - 10:34am.
It's always nice to be reassured. *g*

Just out of curiosity - who'd do the killing? If I have bodyguards/a rabid fan club/personal ninjas, I'd kinda like to know...
Posted by Saint on Wed, 01/21/2004 - 3:19pm.
Have you somehow not noticed the large number of IP guys fawning over you?


Besides, fanatical cultists sometimes have to stay hidden from the object of their adoration, lest they face ugly allegations of 'stalking' and 'insanity.'
Posted by daen on Thu, 01/22/2004 - 6:48am.
I've just always thought that if it were to come down to serious conflict between us (or any women of IP), the IP guys wouldn't take sides - they'd form a circle and hope for a catfight.

I think I prefer your interpretation. *g*
Posted by tim on Thu, 01/22/2004 - 8:08am.
~looking up from work~
Did daen say catfight??
--" The torture never stops"--
Posted by daen on Thu, 01/22/2004 - 6:42pm.
spreads hands

There ya go.
Lends a little weight to the argument, doesn't it?

Perhaps I should have mentioned
Posted by Saint on Wed, 01/14/2004 - 2:49pm.
"Comfortable shoes" recently moved ahead of "Nice house" and "Kick-ass car" on my personal List of Things to Buy if I Ever Find Myself Astonishingly Wealthy.

So perhaps I'm biased.

And for me, having to wear high heels to be in a wedding would be a good enough reason to find a way out of being in the wedding. But that's just me.
Posted by daen on Wed, 01/14/2004 - 2:11pm.
The one drawback to the dress I'm wearing for my sister's wedding is that I have to wear heels with it.
I probably would have in any event, but I resent having the choice taken away from me.

On the plus side, I now have an excuse to go shoe-shopping.
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