I’ve readjusted to life with an AFO, I guess. I’ve found a few positives to it too. Like having “walking shoes” and “sitting shoes.”
It may seem like every shoe loves dream but it took a little accepting from me. I hate having shoes everywhere so the fewer shoes to have around the better.
When my friend was ordained a few months ago I knew I needed to buy shoes, because I literally had nothing (and when a friend is getting ordained you make exceptions for them).
I found a pair of shoes I actual liked and didn’t worry about whether or not I could balance in them. I just made sure they fit my feet and I could get them off quickly if I did have to get someone in the event of an emergency.
They aren’t the perfect fit but they did the job and with any luck they’ll continue to do the job on future occasions (which is another requirement for me when it comes to footwear).
A common topic you’ll find around the internet is CP & footwear; in fact, there are blog devoted to it.
There are many other factors to consider besides, “do they have my size?” or “these are a nice color.”
In fact, those are often the two things at the bottom of the list of requirements.
Can I afford to buy two pairs of shoes? (Because sometimes bracing requires a bigger shoe, or your feet are literally 2 different sizes).
Can I manage to fit into one pair of shoes? (See above reasoning)
Can I modify them as much (or as little) as I need to without extra cost?
Can they last me more than 5 minutes?
Can I walk in them comfortably?
Can bracing fit in them without much added time or damage?
Can I wear them safely without added support? (Because sneakers aren’t exactly dress wear)
Do they have any potential for creating pressure wounds?
And on and on, and on……
While I may never have a “Cinderella moment” with any form of footwear I’ve learned to appreciate the “little victories” when I can get them.