Foot Vanity

Lately, I’ve been looking into taking better care of my feet. It might sound a bit random, but when you work in hospitality, there comes a point when foot health emerges as a priority. Running a cafe means being on your feet, day in and day out, and that’s all there is to it – either my feet work as they should, or I don’t get paid. 

I mean, sure, I could lord it over the cafe from a seated position, but that would just make everything more difficult. Really, the clincher is this: I don’t want to use up all my foot health points on work, and not have any left over for doing other things, like exercising, dancing, and taking leisurely walks. It’s actually a no-brainer. 

Anyway, my first port of call was researching arch support insoles. I’ve always had high arches, which I thought was a good thing until I started having sore arches at the end of a long day at the cafe. From what I can tell, the best thing I can do is talk to a podiatrist, who can fit custom insoles tailored to my feet. 

To be honest, that freaks me out a bit, even though it makes total sense. Why? Because it makes me picture the clunky podiatric shoes my elderly neighbour used to wear in the 90s. I mean, what if I had to wear those from now on? What would become of my collection of cute open-toe slingbacks and strappy wedge heels? 

I got so concerned just then that I looked up Orthaheel sandals, which I saw mentioned in one of the articles I read. They’re actually not terrible – like, some of them are a bit less style focused than I’d prefer, but there are also models that look just like regular sandals and thongs. That’s a relief. I don’t tend to think of myself as a vain person, but I must admit that I do worry about turning into Mabel from next door.