Shoe shopping when you wear afo leg braces and have a hidden disability


I’ve had a love/hate relationship with shoes my entire life. Long before I started wearing leg braces (AFO’s), it was a struggle finding shoes that fit my high-arch, fused-ankle, drop-foot, callous-prone feet. I remember the day I picked up my first pair of leg braces. You can read more about my history in the blog Skinny…

Fashion & Disability


These compression socks from Top & Derby are fun and functional. The company also sells modern colorful canes for the fashion-forward person needing assistance. I love the company’s tagline “The world needed a better looking cane, so we designed one.” Http://

Boots & AFO’s


Shoe shopping sucks in general

It is a ton of work and rarely satisfying.

My girlfriends (the ones with perfect arches and no cankles) appear to love shoe shopping as much (maybe even more) than sex.

Some women get a visible flushed face high from finding the perfect pair.

They sound like giddy teenagers revealing the brand name “They are Stuart Weitzman” of their newest love.
I am always happy for them but can’t relate.

My love for shoes is unrequited; they have never loved me back.

Like choosing the guy who is nice and supportive but not so attractive,

Women with foot issues often settle for shoes because they fit.

Boot shopping is for sure the most difficult.