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Pissed and Bleeding

I have been needing new shoes for the last three or four months. I wanted simply to reorder the shoes I had, but Rockport no longer makes them. I found a pair I really liked here in London, but it wasn't available in a half-size (and I wasn't about to try to squeeze into an 11 (10) or slide around inside a 12 (11)). I had struck out at the malls in the Boston area … until Sunday afternoon.

I found myself at the Prudential Mall on church-related business hours before my flight back to London. I saw the Florsheim store and figured I'd take a quick look. I saw a pair of shoes that I liked and decided to try them on. They were extremely comfortable to walk around in, seemed well-suited to walking around a city, and were reasonably priced. I bought them.

And because I finally had my new shoes and didn't have room to spare in my suitcase, I left behind my old black shoes.

I decided to break in the new shoes today. It's not raining, and I wouldn't be doing much walking—just to the Tube stop and out the other end, as the flat I was viewing was right next to the Bromley-by-Bow station. It turned out to be much more walking than I could stand.

The back of the left shoe began to dig into my heel. By the time I got off the train at Bromley-by-Bow, I knew I must have a torn blister. By the time I got to the flat I was viewing, I was bleeding into my sock and into the new leather. And I still had to make my way back to Elephant & Castle. I don't like the idea of limping around, thus being visibly vulnerable, especially in the sketchier parts of town.

I'm pissed off that walking around in the shoe store gave no indication of this problem. I feel as though I've thrown money away on a pair of shoes I'm not sure I can use, and my old shoes are now an ocean away. The idea of going everywhere in sneakers does not particularly appeal to me, comfortable as it might be. And I don't know if these new shoes just need to be broken in (hopefully without breaking me any further!) or if they are a lost cause. <sigh>


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May. 24th, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
There's a spray you can apply to the leather that will soften it a bit. Try going to a shoe shine place and seeing if they have it. Something like this.
May. 24th, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
That sucks, and you might not be able to wear them again until the blister's healed... I've found, though, that with only a couple exceptions, shoes that gave me blisters on the first day out are actually fine the next time I try them (or at least after a couple more tries). When the initial blister heals, that part of the skin is tougher; and by then you've stretched the shoe a little too.

Unless of course they really just don't fit right, in which case you might be screwed.
May. 24th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
I have some adhesive pads that can be put into shoes or attached to your feet that will cushion the shoe. Ask me when I get back tomorrow evening.
May. 24th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
Did you try going back to the shoestore? Why not do so? Stores are often good about that sort of thing, especially if you want to buy another pair instead.
May. 25th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but the store is here and he is in London.....
May. 26th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
*nod* So he has since clarified for me. I did not read carefully enough and figured it was some Pru place in London. :)
May. 26th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
I think in England I might have abbreviated it "the Prude"!
May. 27th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
I thought I taught you better than that. Go to a pharmacy and buy the minimum quantity possible of moleskin, if you can find it, and some of those gel pads that function as artificail skin. Use the gel pads until the blisters heal, then switch completely to the moleskin.

Meanwhile, get some saddle soap and a decent leather oil (or neatsfoot if you can't find anything better). Wash the leather every couple of days, applying the oil after washing while the shoes are still wet. You should be able to apply polish over the oil, if necessary.
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