Once upon a time, I received a pair of GelThotics inserts to take for a spin. I’d been having trouble finding shoes for a pain-free run, so I opened the package with glee, knowing that maybe, just maybe, there was some hope for me.
When I saw that my brand new inserts weren’t just for athletic shoes, but high heels, too, all thoughts of running fell away. I dreamed of long nights spent dancing in fabulous, sky-high heels without pain. I fantasized about just how tall I could be.
I packed my GelThotics for my weekend in Boston. How furiously and how long I would dance with my secret weapon tucked inside my shoes!
But when I pulled out my heels and tried to place the inserts, I discovered that my shoes had no insoles. It simply wouldn’t work. Disappointed, I left my GelThotics behind, and resorted to my trusty friend champagne to get me through the night pain-free.
I returned home with grand plans to place the inserts in my new running shoes. I figured there was no real better way to get to know a pair of inserts than to pound the trail with them.
But there’s no insole in Merrell barefoot shoes, either, and that’s kind of the point.
Frustrated, I pulled out my stability shoes—the ones that went from being ugly and fluffy-looking to ugly and painful and back again. (Just like a breakup: saying goodbye to a pair of shoes is never a one-time thing).
At last! An insole, ready to be lifted up for the sake of inserts. Satisfied at last, I skipped out for a run. The ride was quite cushy. My feet and joints eased into the run, as if impact didn’t exist. I couldn’t even feel the extra bulk in my shoes.
I returned home pain-free and happy to have finally succeeded. Orthotics aren’t something I need to use regularly, but when the day comes and my heel or arch starts begging for help, I’ll know where to turn, and how.