The camera decided to autofocus on the moleskin and not the toe, but you get the idea. Poor toe! That black (dark purple, actually) nail is from it rubbing in the shoe the other day. It’s going to take a long time for that to grow out/heal.
I need some new shoes, stat. Still waiting on what I ordered at Fit Right NW. Hopefully those will come in soon. I think he said it might take a week or so.
I bought some off-the-shelf orthotics to see what they are like in comparison to my carbon fiber custom orthotics. The off the shelf ones are made from foam. My hubby used to have some foam orthotics that were customized for him, and he liked them well enough. But they wore out quickly (and they were expensive). These foam ones will wear out quickly, no doubt, but cost less than five bucks. And since they aren’t custom, aren’t made specifically for my feet.
But oh my gosh, I feel like I’m walking on sponges. So squishy! Very nice. The carbon fiber ones are hard with a little spring, but will last forever. I’m thinking for standing around all day, the squishy foam ones will be nice. I tested that theory out yesterday–we waited in a really long line for a while, and my feet were relatively comfy as compared to what they have been for my custom carbon fiber ones. For walking jillions of miles, though, I hypothesize that my carbon fiber ones are probably better. Tomorrow I plan to compare the foam with the carbon fiber for walking and see if my feet are more sore using the foam orthotics.
This last week I also tried out some new socks my mom got me for Christmas. I’m a very big convert to merino wool socks and adore the Smartwool brand sport socks. But they are very spendy and even harder to find. So my mom got me some Carhartt socks that are a blend of merino wool and other materials instead. I’m actually happier with the Carhartt fit–the sock seem more like my actual foot size and their elastic doesn’t strangle my ankle so much. The elastic is much gentler. They are a little more scratchy though, and don’t seem to keep their shape quite as well. But the difference hasn’t been huge. So, overall I’m happy to add them to my list of socks I like (and I’m picky about my socks)!
Trust me, good socks make a helluva difference on long walks.