My last few shopping trips to Kununurra have been marred by the extreme discomfort caused by driving many hours, walking around the town and through the supermarket, loading and unloading bags of groceries, cases of UHT milk and cartons of sparkling mineral water, and generally putting more strain on my knees and back than I can cope with without distress. I have been wearing the flattest footwear I own; sandals, but still I suffer sadly.
Since my new Skinner’s Footwear arrived, I have been wearing them instead. The difference is dramatic. I do not know why, but walking barefoot is so much less strain on my knees and back. Even the tiny amount of heel in my sandals makes a difference. Wearing the Skinners is just the same as walking barefoot. My last grocery run was the first in quite a while that did not leave me almost in tears from pain. With these on my feet I can get out and do a bit more walking. At the end of the day I retired to my bed with the almost pleasant sensation of having exercised my muscles, rather than in debilitating pain.
It does feel – and it probably looks – a bit odd to be walking about only in what appear to be socks. I went to the Kimberley hotel for lunch on Friday. The bouncer took one look and tried to deny me admission. “You can’t come in wearing only socks” he said.
I lifted my foot to show him the sole. “These are not socks” I told him. “this is footwear for disabled people, and I am a disabled person”.
He gave me a disbelieving look and was clearly about to repeat that I could not come in but I looked him in the eye. Something in my defiant expression must have registered, because he relented and waved me past.
Score one for crippled peoples’ rights. I played the disabled card. And why not?
I have been wearing these miracle socks everywhere. Over rough stony ground, around the community and in town. I can progress further and faster than I have been able to walk for a long time. I don’t understand at all how the tiny difference in the angle of my ankles can make such a difference to my mobility or give me such relief from the debilitating discomfort and pain caused by mere perambulation and standing up, but I am grateful I have found footwear that allows me to get a bit more exercise without having to resort to extra doses of painkillers.
Last night I learned the answer to the question of whether they would be effective against the dreaded goat’s head thorn.
The answer is “partially” The spike does get through the sole, but barely enough to prick the skin of the foot so I know it is there. Certainly not as painful or hard to extract as when I stand on them in bare feet.
So all up, a very positive review for this innovative and useful product. Highly recommended for those who like to walk barefoot, but whose soles are too tender to cope with the terrain. I can see they will make good beach or river shoes where the sand may be hot, or the river stones are slippery.
Find out more about Skinners here and try them for yourself.