My first shoes with heels!

What can I say, I seem to be on a roll when it comes to finding new attire for my feet.

It was only just last week that I was over the moon about finding two pairs of suitable shoes in one go, and I’ve hardly stopped doing the Happy Dance since!

Not only have I started to make progress at being able to tie my own laces, but I’ve managed to bag myself a wonderful pair of sandals for my mum’s upcoming wedding too. I know, I know, I already found a pair a few months ago but these ones are even nicer. Want to know why?

BECAUSE THEY HAVE A TINY HEEL ON THEM! (I’m using caps because I’m really excited, not because I’m shouting at you all, I promise.)

My first pair of heels
My first pair of heels

The thing is, I’ve never had shoes with a heel on, as my mum put it – they are my first pair of ”clippy-cloppys’- and to say I’m pleased is an understatement. When I tried them on I didn’t think I’d be able to walk in them at all, even though the heel is only an inch ( maybe smaller), but I could and I actually felt quite steady on my feet.

I showed my dad them as well the other day and he was really pleased for me too.

The pair I bought a while back will probably still be used at some point on the wedding day because they’re flat, and mum bought me a new pair of slippers in case both make my feet hurt, so I have lots of options.

 

 

Shoelace Challenge update

Today’s post is full of exciting news that I can’t wait to tell you all.

Not only did I managed to go shoe shopping and come home with not one, but two pairs of shoes, I’ve also managed to make some progress with tying shoelaces.

Months ago on this blog, I set myself the challenge of finally mastering it, something that I haven’t been able to do yet. I’ve found it quite frustrating over the years and it’s also made the already difficult task of finding shoes even harder.

Earlier this year I set myself a challenge finally managed to be able to tie my hair back into a ponytail, and when a good friend of mine suggested I do the same with laces, I agreed. My friend Leanne has helped me try and do this in the past, but I never quite managed it. She once spent our school lunch break letting me try and tie her shoes to no avail. I was doubtful that I’d ever be able to rise to her new shoelace challenge but I wanted to try. Months went by and nothing happened. Until last weekend.

It just so happens that both pairs of my new shoes have laces and Leanne came over to my house on the day I bought them. Once again she devoted pretty much the entire evening to helping me get the hang of fastening them. She was just as determined as me that I’d succeed and wouldn’t let me give up when I felt like throwing my new footwear in the bin and never looking at them again.

After lots of frustration, even more pizza and the odd glass of vodka and orange, I managed to tie some laces in a knot around my leg. This was a massive achievement that took me by surprise. I think everyone else knew I get the hang of it eventually (my family got in on the action to help me too) and were really pleased when I ran downstairs to show them what I’d done:

Baby Steps
Baby Steps

I went to sleep that night feeling quite good about myself. I started to think that maybe it might be possible after all, but I was still amazed the morning after when I managed to do this:

 

Getting closer
Getting closer

I know there’s still a long way to go and that tying them while the shoes are on my feet will be a whole new challenge, but I’m happy with this for now.

I think I need new shoes….

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All those who think it’s time I got some new shoes raise your hand and say ‘I’.

All of you? Yup, I thought so

I think it’s fair to say that I can’t put of the dreaded shoe shopping any longer. People who’ve been reading this blog a while will know that I find looking for new footwear really unpleasant. It’s hard to find something that is suitable and that I feel comfortable walking in.

It’s frustrating, often makes me feel quite stressed, and sometimes a little bit sad when I see loads of pretty pairs that I simply wouldn’t be able to wear.

Nonetheless, my mum has agreed to come along for the ride with me so hopefully it won’t be too bad.

Finding fancy footware

My mother is getting remarried and I will be one of her bridesmaids.

She and her husband-to-be picked out the bridesmaid dresses a few months ago and spent a couple of days trying to decide if they liked them best in teal or red. They settled on the teal, and I got very excited when one of my friends pointed out that it’s only a few shades of blue lighter than my walking frame Martha is.

Once the dress were picked out, we thought that we would have to get mine taken up because they were maxi dresses that would’ve been way too long for me, but then we noticed that they had the same dress in a shorter cut too, which, when I tried it on, happened to be almost full-length on me.  Result! I say almost because I think it stops a couple of inches above my ankles but that’s fine with me. I’m less likely to trip on it that way, she says. She hopes. Oh please, don’t let me fall over.

Anyway…

With all that sorted, I knew that we would have to try and find me some footwear to go with it. The very idea sent a shiver down my spine. Trying to find something for everyday wear can be hard enough, and trying to find something for a special occasion, especially something that isn’t a boot, is even harder.

My mum did some shoe-scouting without me and then took me along to show me the potentials she had found, with me saying all the while that I’d be quite happy to go in whatever pair of (probably worn-down) boots I happened to be working my way through at the time.

My mum said that she wanted me to have something nice to wear so that I’d feel good about myself. This made me happy, but I was doubtful that we’d find anything. I sat back, literally, on Martha’s seat and let her take charge.

The first pair of sandals that we tried were no good. I was expecting this. It usually takes a few tries to find something. Not always though. The second pair of sandals fit me, stayed on my feet AND had Velcro straps so that would make things easier for me. I felt quite sturdy walking in them both with and without the walker. I was amazed. I wanted to buy them as quickly as possible in case it was some kind of magic spell that would be broken if we took too long in the shop. She did help me try another pair, but I was pretty happy with the ones we found.

Okay, that’s not quite true. I was pretty excited about the ones we found because I haven’t had any sandals since I was a kid I don’t think.

Oh, and I should also mention that they’ve bought me a nice pair of fluffy slippers to change into if the sandals get too much for my feet. I’m hoping I won’t need them, but you never know.

 

My next challenge to myself

After the success of my ponytail challenge that I set myself, (which you can read about here and here), and some discussion with my friends I’ve decided that I should embark on another one…to be able to do my own shoelaces.

This is something that I don’t think I’ve ever managed to do for myself, because it would require work from my left hand as well as my right, and this is the kind of task that I find really hard to do with my left one.

Over the years I’ve found it kind of frustrating that I haven’t mastered this for myself to be honest. If I’ve bought footwear that has laces instead of Velcro or zips, then I have to ask someone to tie them for me so that they are loose enough for me to be able to slip my feet in and out of them, but not so loose that they fall off my feet when I’m walking.

I’ve tried and tried to do this and I’ve not had success yet.  When a friend saw my post about doing a ponytail, she sugguested I try doing the same thing with my shoelaces and I think this is a really good idea so I’m going to give it a go.

I’m not sure if or when I’ll manage this, but I’m willing to try. Let’s see what happens.  As always, I’ll keep you all updated.