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Not Cinderella’s Slippers

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It all began last month on September 26th. I’d slipped into Walmart to pick up canned cat food. My precious puss, Lady Gaga is spoiled, I agree. Her breakfast consists of a large tablespoonful of Iams (wet) beef, lamb or chicken, and a quarter- cup of Iams dry food. I always make sure her cupboard is well stocked in case a world-wide shortage should occur.

I wasn’t in a hurry; I roamed the store. Office supplies were on sale after the back-to-school fever had subsided and I went a little crazy. We’d had the odd cool night already so I moseyed over to the shoe department. I should never grab a buggy in any store because then I’m tempted to fill it up. I looked at slippers: purple this time. I chose a soft fuzzy pair, slip-ons—thick and spongy inside. Lovely.

I had to try them on as soon as I arrived home. Heaven couldn’t fit better. Four days later I was a physical shipwreck. If I sat, I couldn’t get up, because first one hip and then the other had stiffened up and ached. By the third day, I groaned as I hoisted myself out of the firm leather living-room chair while babysitting after school. My six-year-old granddaughter heard me and thought that was funny. “Babcia, is getting old,” she giggled behind her hand and wouldn’t repeat herself when I asked what she’d said.

This pain had come on too suddenly. Why? What was the cause? I’d started to drag one leg as if it were a lead post (without the normal flexibility of my knee half-way) and then the other. I rolled out of bed the third and fourth morning certain my hips had been smashed or battered in the night.

I slipped my feet into my cozy slippers; I kicked them off again. A light came on. This was déjà vu. Last winter I had purchased a pair of slippers as well and kicked them off shortly afterwards. They had also been a cushy pair I loved on sight—and at least a couple of days until I realized they were cursed, or I was, if I continued to wear them.

Moral of my story: four days after I kicked off the slippers from Hell, I’m not as stiff or tight, and my hips aren’t killing me. I can sit and get up; to walk, I don’t drag my legs across the floor. I’m almost back to normal. I don’t hurt in the morning after sleeping. Heaving out of a chair no longer is necessary.

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Can you believe this? If it hadn’t happened to me, I might be doubtful. I promise every word is true. I wonder if my alignment hadn’t been messed up because of something about the slippers. The first time, last winter, when I decided to ditch the (new) slippers, I figured my reasoning might be a fluke but after this second time, I don’t know what kind of slippers to trust now.

All summer I have worn the better style of thong inside and out, and am back in them again. Has anyone had a similar experience? With slippers?

Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

94 thoughts on “Not Cinderella’s Slippers

  1. Never heard of anything like this before. I wondered if it was some kind of allergic reaction from the slippers? Slippers causing autoimmune reaction triggering your hips? Just a thought but wouldn’t give it much credence.

    Out of curiosity, I searched the web for causes of bilateral hip pain, even checked “can slippers cause bilat hip pain” and found a couple of inflammatory conditions that can affect both hips, but nothing about slippers. However, allergic reactions cause inflammation and if there was an allergic reaction this is a possible far stretch guess. Do you have allergies, asthma, other history of any inflammatory or autoimmune problems? If so, this might increase the suspicion a little bit more.

    Enough of my blathering, FWIW (probably not much). Glad that it’s better! Have a good weekend.

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    • P.S. this farfetched jump if you’ve already eliminated arthritis.

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    • Thanks, Paulette for going into research mode. I hadn’t even thought of that myself.

      No, I have no allergies or anything like that. Yesterday was Day 5 AFTER kicking off the cursed slippers and I’m good as new again. Because this happened last winter after I bought a pair of slippers from Walmart and the insole being similar, I know it’s their fault somehow. I walk heavy on my heels—don’t know what this has to do with anything but I’m fine NOW and no more Walmart slippers. I like slip-ons with no backing but will have to resort to homemade knit ones from now on. 😀

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  2. Maybe the way you walk in the squishy slippers throws everything outta whack. I know there are shoes that make my back hurt if I wear them too long or a couple of days in a row.

    I am not much for slippers other than the ones I crochet. Most of the time I wear thick socks as slippers.

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    • To my mind this is the case. I have full shoe slippers but can’t stand having my whole foot inside so I opt for slip-on types (not too hot). I’m seriously thinking of knitting new slippers for this winter and forget about spending anymore money on store-bought.

      Thanks so much, Patricia for your helpful comments.

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  3. I love those slippers also and they always look wonderful. There’s absolutely no need for me to take them home. I cannot wear anything on my feet that doesn’t have great support built into them (especially the arches). I know wearing 3 to 4 inch heels my entire professional life and then lots of times we’d go out dancing after closing a great case or some such thing – it’s a wonder I have feet at all. I also have to take into consideration that a number of bones in both feet and ankles have been smashed more than once – thankfully we now have fashionable footwear that’s also easy on the feet.

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    • I wore high-high heels my entire working life and still like to wear high wedgies (/sp) in summer.

      There is something about this last pair of slippers and the ones last winter, both cushy and springy and from Walmart.
      Thank you for sharing, Sheri. This has been a good subject for conversation. 😉

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  4. I have to wear a hard arch support in all my shoes and slippers as a result of working on hard concrete floors most of my professional life. I don’t know if that might help but thought I would throw it out there. 🙂

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    • Too bad about what hard concrete has done to you.
      No, I don’t have a concrete solution but this has been a great subject to discuss. I DO know both pairs of slippers came from Walmart aind that I cannot wear them ever again. I also know that by Day 5, yesterday, after I kicked off the darn things, I’m back to normal. Go figure, but I’m happy again and not sore.

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  5. I bought a lovely pair of pink ‘memory foam’ slippers a couple of years ago and within a week my lower back was killing me! I’ve had back problems in the past and wear custom orthotics in my shoes, but I’d never had problems with ‘regular’ slippers. It took me a couple of weeks to discover what was causing the pain (the weather warmed up for a few days and I didn’t wear the slippers; the back pain disappeared). I tossed the slippers out and have since purchased a ‘hardier’ pair that my orthotics fit into – I haven’t had any problems since!

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    • Who would have thought footwear can be so uncooperative. All I know for SURE is both pair of slippers came from Walmart and by the 5th day without them, I came back to normal. No more of those for me.
      Thank you for joining the conversation and sharing, Margo.

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  6. If I walk barefoot I have no problems. But I wear a pair of shoes with arches or cushioning I have pain in my feet and legs. It’s horrible. I can run, do martial arts, etc… in bare feet. Can barely walk in shoes. I sympathize!

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  7. I can’t wear any kind of heals at all or I suffer greatly. I don’t think you are imagining it. Sad you can’t wear slippers, though!

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  8. “Heaven couldn’t fit better,” and then I read of all that pain! What a lovely phrase to lead into it. And little granddaughters…mine asked, “Are you old, or are you elderly?” What to say? Why would slippers cause such pain? I don’t know but two guesses: not enough support, so it tires you,though that doesn’t make sense since you wear thongs. Allergic reaction to something in them? Hope you are well again.

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  9. Where were the slippers made? Could international terrorists have a new weapon?

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  10. It makes you wonder how many other people might be going around stiff and in pain, not realising that their footwear is the cause. Interesting suggestion from a couple of people here that it could be some kind of allergic reaction to something in the slippers, I wouldn’t have thought of that. I would have thought it was down to lack of support, except that it seems you wear other footwear that isn’t very supportive with no problems – interesting!

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    • Exactly, Vanessa. Slip-on slippers (with no back) aren’t something I’d consider need a BRAND name or lots of money to wear well.
      Chucked them and am now happy and back to normal. I’m not aware or any allergies either but that all over now. What a rude awakening. 🙂

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  11. You have made me think…I have been having pains in the groin from my osteo in the hips…must give some thought to what shoes I have been wearing…hmmmmm

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    • That’s another thing. It wasn’t only pain in the hips but also in the groin. How did I forget that? DO separate from the shoes for a week. It took me five days to get back to normal.
      😀 Let me know how it works out for you.

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  12. That’s some great slipper sleuthing. Glad you found the cause of the issues.

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  13. I feel your pain, girlfriend…I can’t wear slippers at all, cozy or not…I have several pairs of knit ones my mom-in-law made that I keep on hand for guests to wear, but they are torture to me. Right now I am once again looking for that elusive pair of footwear that I can wear any time, but so far no luck…my feet hurt me…and when feet hurt I find that everything hurts! Good luck finding something comfy to help make it through our Canadian winter that is coming up!

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    • Hi Sylvia. Long time no see. Nice to see you.
      Sounds you’re having a worst time than me. I agree sore feet ruin your day. Must be a real headache not finding something suitable easily for you. Fingers cross. 🙂

      For me it’s back to homemade knit slippers but after a while I feel the (knit) ribbing on the bottom of my feet because I don’t also want to wear socks as well. I’d wear these foot massaging thongs but I need to cover up in winter.
      I’m back to myself since I ditched the slipper

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  14. Hmmm, you haven’t ticked off a Voodoo princess somewhere, have you?… 😉

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    • Gosh, Carrie, I hadn’t thought of that. One of my commenters asked where the slippers were made and something to do with terrorists.

      I’m good now having disowned those mean puppies for six days now. 😀

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  15. Tess, I’ve never had that sort of problem but Gill (she of the arthritic back and hips) has. All she can wear with any sort of reliable comfort is Birkenstocks. They ain’t pretty, but they get the job done!! No, you’re not alone…

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  16. Oh feet,feet, feet are such a struggle! Mine are big and wide and kill me if I where the wrong thing, and my knees,hips and back ache too. This year I think I’ve finally found that Merrells are the best for sandals and in winter when the poor little tootsies have to go away then Hotter boots are the most comfy on the planet! If I stick with that i think I’ll be okay but the problem is the price 😦

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    • Yeah. Price. Sorry to hear you’ve had more problems than me. Ouch.
      I never gave slip-on slippers a second thought unless the soles were too thin. I always paid less than $10 for slippers.

      Anyway, am back to normal and no more slippers from Walmart. 😉

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  17. First time visitor to your blog. Sauntered over here after reading your comment on Naomi Baltuck’s post, “A box in the attic”. Browsed through some of your posts and really liked them. This is the blessing of the blogosphere…that we can get to know people from across the oceans and listen to them as if listening to an old friend one has known for a long time.:-)

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    • Indeed, no-one has to be alone anymore and we can all share so many thing. I don’t understand people are say the internet is BAD. I prefer to look to the positive of everything. Hello to you and thank you for visiting. 😀

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  18. Can’t say I have, but I might have to give your theory some thought.
    have a pair of sheepskin slippers that belonged to my grandfather that I use in winter, and my one hip is always out of kilter – will have to see if it’s the slippers or if I’m just getting more decrepid 😉

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  19. I am certain it is the squishy that is getting to you, no support. I could just be terrible and tell you it is because you bought them at WalMart, but I wouldn’t even think to do that.

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    • That’s what I almost wrote. Both pair of problem slippers DID come from Walmart. Both made in China and one was the George brand.

      Everything is fine now that we’ve parted company. Thanks for the support Val. 🙂

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  20. I’m sure that footwear can cause issues, but I’d think that you’d be uncomfortable in the shoes when you are wearing them as well. Weird.
    No comfy slippers for you!

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  21. I have a pair of very good, very expensive sandals. Every time I wear them during the day, I wake up during the night with foot cramps.

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  22. Tess, you have GOT to get yourself a pair of slippers by Daniel Green. Absolutely wonderful. Anatomically correct support for your feet, but still cushy and comfy. Since my achilles tendonitis started I swear by them. They’re not cheap (around 50 bucks) but worth every penny.

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  24. Holy crap, Crap, lol. You are making me think, hmmm? I have probs in my hips when I wear my warm fuzzy cheap slipper from Winners? Do we have expensive feet or what? lol. Come visit, I miss you! FYI I no longer use my WP blog here and can’t receive comments, they have ‘locked me out’ for some reason and my web guy is working frantically to get in to add the redirect to my site! xo

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  25. I’ve been wearing the same pair of flip-flops for the past two years almost daily, except in the winter when it’s too cold. They are cheap ones from Old Navy yet they never give me any grief. I wonder if when I get older, I’ll pay for wearing such non-supportive shoes.

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    • Not necessarily and I hope not. I think I’ll check out Old Navy before I check out some expensive slippers someone suggested. I positive now that it has something to do with the lovely squishy insoles that were the culprit.

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  26. I just clicked over from your comment at GrannySmithUnleashed – indeed, what a marvel the interwebs are!

    — Oh, good riddance to those Killer Slippers! My “keep my tootsies warm but also my skeleton happy” solution is a pair of Rocket Dog flip-flops (first truly comfortable pair I’ve found since grade school) with big wooly hiking socks, morphed into “tabi socks” http://tinyurl.com/kyqecqy.

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  27. Whoa! Thats a freaky story with a lesson! Gosh you’re good at this home lived research! I love it!!!! Are you sure you are not a scientist? You have a natural scientific approach, it seems! Joy to you Tess! 🙂

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  28. I can’t ever wear heels b’coz…you guessed it – they give me a back ache. So do slippers with thick padding. Slippers that have an extremely thin or hard base/sole can cause your feet/legs to pain. These conclusions didn’t come easy – they are the result of having bought many slippers just because they looked pretty. Now I just stick to the sensible stuff.

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    • I can’t believe something so lovely could result in such horrid results. It’s become cooler and I’m back to my old run-of-the-mill slippers and life is GOOD.

      Thanks you for your contribution to this interesting conversation. 😉

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  29. YOU Are too funny!! And a great story teller too! I enjoy

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  30. Oh yeah, been there. I feel your pain! You are absolutely right, it’s all about alignment, and most slippers simply don’t have enough support. I finally found (and bought) slippers that were soft, fuzzy and straightened me out. Best thing I ever did! I’ve caught myself wearing them places, because I forgot I had them on. After a year of acupuncture and physical therapy, I’ve learned what’s on my feet is directly related to how crabby I’m feeling!

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  31. Apologies for the duplicate, if it is…

    Thinking more about “non-supportive shoes” and how particular I have to be – I’m always astonished that so many people (men and women) either don’t notice or don’t care how poorly *cheap* shoes generally fit (and lots of *not-so-cheap* ones, too)!
    I find my best combination of “I can afford these” and “they’re comfy AND fit right” and “I like how they look” at DSW –

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  32. It appears you’ve hit a hot spot with readers, Tess–84 comments! Me, I wear Uggs. Love them. They’re stained and 10 years old and work just fine. I am definitely not switching to the comfie ones I see all over around Christmas after this story.

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  33. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

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  34. Not with slippers…just my toes! My second toe on my right foot is permanently damaged, I fear. None of the doctors I have seen can come to a consensus. And I am only 65, so I do not relish the idea that I will be walking with this pain for the next 40 years! I am happy that you were able to solve your foot problem so easily!

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