Lesson 1411 – These little piggies are going for a long walk


Yesterday I got my first ever pedicure. It was because of a gift certificate from a friend who had heard I had never had one. In. My. Life. “You need to do this,” she told me.

So I decided to bite the bullet and not only did I get a pedicure, but I also got a manicure (I know, living the life of luxury.)

I posted a photo of my bright pink-nailed toes on Facebook, but in looking at the photo this morning, I wanted to use it to show exactly why I have so much trouble finding shoes that fit well.


Not bragging but even when short, I think these pink piggies look cute.

First, I have short, stubby toes. I’ll never be able to play piano with those little piggies.

Second (and I blame my 6 kids’ pregnancies for this this) my feet have widened and stretched. I used to be a Women’s US size 7 narrow pre-pregnancy and now I’m a size 9 – 9.5 wide.  Do you see the freakin’ width of that toe area?

Third (and this is really beyond the scope of this discussion, but whatever) my pinkie toes don’t have nails as much as they have teeny, tiny horns. Apparently it’s genetic because both of my daughters have this cursed condition.

Now I’m not wide-shaming my or anyone’s toes here. I happen to like my toes, they and I go places together all the time.

I’m just showing you why it’s been difficult for me to find a really comfortable walking shoe. Wide toes and a slim heel (for some reason, my heel did not widen from all the kids) make for a tricky fit. I’m waiting for my insoles to be delivered but right now anyway, those Saucony trainers seem to be my best chance at surviving a 200 mile walk.


Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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5 responses to “Lesson 1411 – These little piggies are going for a long walk

  1. Enjoyed your post -and aren’t those Olukai’s the most comfortable sandals ever!

    • Wendy Thomas

      Yes, I love them! As a matter of fact, even though they are heavier than flip flops, I may just take them along for our walk.


      On Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 9:42 AM, Lessons Learned from the Flock wrote:


  2. Amy

    I feel your pain. I’m VERY narrow and so the field of potential shoes that fit is next to nothing. And I too have a nothing nail on my pinky toe. I just tell them not to both painting it. Actually, I usually skip the polish altogether and just go for the luxury of getting everything cleaned up and massaged. Ahhhhh…..

  3. pamladds

    I also have feet that are wide in front with level toes and a narrow heel – we have duck feet!! Duck feet and look how well they swim!! Quacking on!

  4. I have never had a pedicure, either! How fun that you took that plunge as it turned out well. 🙂 Most of us past 25 (and if those feet have remained pampered)have feet that are nothing to crow about–but especially as we cross over to the big 6-0. If you aren’t there yet, it will come. And I’d far rather have feet that have lived a lot and tromped happy trails and kept me upright and fast moving, a crazy dance here and there and a ton of hikes. Happy moseying!

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