Today I had to buy another pair of shoes for work. I realised I needed one when I found the sole of one of my current pair was coming off just before I was about to put them on this morning. I’d only had them for about four months, you would think they would last a bit longer than that, but in recent months all the work shoes I’ve had have worn out within a year. In some cases I’ve been able to get them fixed – the pair I ended up wearing this morning had been repaired a few months ago (the pair I found wrecked this morning was bought to wear in place of them).
I know that I stand up a fair bit and do a lot of walking when I’m working, but you would expect the shoes to last longer (especially when you consider how much they cost). But then again, the way they go after a few months could be partly down to how my legs are at the moment. Due to the problem with my left knee, the muscles in that leg have weakened, and as that has weakened so my stronger right leg has probably taken a bit more of the weight. It’s the right shoe that’s been damaged most of the time, mainly the heel that’s worn away to the point of having to be reheeled or in extreme cases, binned. I’ve had physio sessions to strengthen the leg muscle but it’s going to take a while before it gets right. In the meantime, I either buy more shoes (which I actually hate doing), try and sit down more often at work (as if I can do that), or go for a job where I am not on my feet for huge chunks of the day. What’s the easiest I wonder?