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Stylish summer shoes for bunion-sufferers

(37 Posts)
VeryAnnieGertie Wed 24-Jun-09 12:44:00

Hi all - have searched in case you've already discussed - am searching for some nice summer shoes that I can wear despite my bunions. I have wide feet anyway and like to walk a lot. I just don't know what styles to target any more and have reverted to continual trainer-wearing, even for work (they're nice ones and I work in an arty environment, but I'd really like a change).

Any tips anyone?

foofi Wed 24-Jun-09 12:48:42

You sound like me. Now that I'm over 40, I don't care what I look like and am now wearing things like FitFlops that I would never have been seen dead in in the past!

Will be watching this closely to see if there is a solution - but I suspect not! grin

IamNOTaBILLopenME Wed 24-Jun-09 13:03:20

OOh I'm watching too! I have a bunion and am stuck for summer footwear. So much so I have booked a consultation to have it removed so hopefully next year I will be wearing nice strappy sandals!

Foofi do you have a bunion? If so then do the fitflops fit on your foot properly? I would love some fitflops but I have a problem in that when the toe thing is between my toes she actual shoe bit is skewif. IYSWIM. My bunion sort of throws it out.

Rolf Wed 24-Jun-09 13:36:49

I have fitflops (and bunions!) and although the fitflops do rather showcase the bunions they just about contain them. The more severe bunion makes that fitflop a bit wonky but it's manageable.

I wear Birkenstock New York sandals and the wide front strap covers the bunion.

VeryAnnieGertie Wed 24-Jun-09 13:57:55

Ooh I shall check out the fitflops - am a bit wary of flipflops due to the curling-toes-to-keep-them-on aspect. I do blame my bunions on ballet style shoes worn too tight all summer one year (irritatingly I never have worn heels so it isn't that).

Birkenstocks - I shall also have a look - rolf I'm sorry but I'm not sure I really like those ones. Have you tried any others? I think there's a shop near me so I should pop along and try on every style I think. I did have some of the ones with just the strap across the toes but found them a bit heavy on my sore toe area.

I bought some of these Clarkes shoes last week thinking that while not terribly pretty at least they would be comfy. Wore them once. They are Not Comfy. Why not? Where am I going wrong?

VeryAnnieGertie Wed 24-Jun-09 13:59:54

And while I'm having a general moan among people who understand - has anyone tried with success the things that stretch shoes out? - do they stretch your shoes beyond recognition or only a little bit so they're comfier?

VeryAnnieGertie Wed 24-Jun-09 14:00:44

(ps - sorry again rolf - I do appreciate your post though! have you any other shoe successes to share?)

Rhubarb Wed 24-Jun-09 14:01:03

I wear T-bar Doc Martens because I'm on my feet all day too. I wanted something robust but that was also stylish. I can wear them all day without too much grief.

I'm not a huge sandal fan, but Dr Martens also do sandals. Ebay is great for new DMs. I got mine for £20 from someone who bought them, wore them once and realised they didn't fit. DMs are the only shoes I will buy online because I already know their sizes and I'm confident they won't irritate my bunion.

VeryAnnieGertie Wed 24-Jun-09 14:20:58

these ones Rhubarb?

VeryAnnieGertie Wed 24-Jun-09 14:24:01

I'm considering deck shoes now too - have always liked them. Would the style police lock me up for this? Do you think they'd be comfy? (am thinking that they tie on so no need to be too tight).

IamNOTaBILLopenME Wed 24-Jun-09 14:47:30

I've not tried the thing that stretches shoes out but I know my bunion stretches my shoes out of shape. Even when I'm not wearing my boots or shoes they have a distinct bunion shape. I can't wait to be rid of it!

Rhubarb Wed 24-Jun-09 14:51:30

No, more like this

But as you can see, they also have Doctor Marten sandals too which might be more what you're looking for.

Search on Ebay for Doctor Marten shoes.

foofi Wed 24-Jun-09 15:02:47

The reason I'm wearing fitflops this year and letting the bunions hang over the side of the shoe (v attractive) is that I'm fed up of having to wear trousers in summer so that I can wear frumpy lace up shoes, which are the only comfortable thing I can find.

VeryAnnieGertie Wed 24-Jun-09 15:05:29

IamNOTaBILL (great name btw!) how did you get your surgery? - was it NHS? did you go through your GP? What have they said about it growing back?

IamNOTaBILLopenME Wed 24-Jun-09 15:51:41

I haven't had the actual surgery yet. I have bene to see my GP who has referred me and I have a consultation on the 14th of July. That's NHS. According to the GP I will be all done and dusted by the end of October!! Yippee!!

I've googled the op and all it involves and even though it seems to involve quite a lot of pain I'm still determined to go ahead with it. I have heard that they do grow back eventually but this takes about 10 years by which time I will be 65 and probably won't give a damn about me bunions! grin

Rolf Wed 24-Jun-09 15:51:56

grin Veryanniegertie. I've worn Birkenstock mules but they aren't so comfy, I find. I wear big Birkenstock shoes in the winter as they have plenty of room at the front. I'm afraid I don't have any other summer success stories as I've worn those New York sandals for quite a few summers (I get new ones each year).

IamNOTaBILLopenME Wed 24-Jun-09 15:52:51

I will let you know how I get on if you like. I could do a 'Bunion Blog' grin

zanz1bar Wed 24-Jun-09 16:10:54

Slighty different problem, hopefully this thread will help.

I have sprained my ankle badly and been given strict instructions to get some <shudder> sensible shoes.

So I am living in trainers, is there a summer solution for sensible, comfortable, not biege shoes?

I was wearing birkies when i did my ankle in and have chucked them out.

VeryAnnieGertie Thu 25-Jun-09 09:36:04

zanz1bar I sprained my ankle at the beginning of December, it still twinges - so do look after it and follow all advice! I didn't, and I think it prolonged the discomfort.

Let us know if you find some sensible comfortable not-beige shoes to wear though! I did see a girl wearing some sort of lace-up jazz-shoe yesterday (did not think to ask where she had got ) - hers were beige but a nice shade, with cut-outs at the sides. Thought they'd be light enough to wear with a dress or skirt (she was wearing a 50s style red polka-dot affair).

IamNOTaBILL - bunion blog - oh, please do! I might have to visit GP to see what she says about my options, though I have to admit I'm not in constant pain (unless wearing pretty shoes).

I bought a pair of converse all-stars this summer - was pleased at being all trendy-like...but they're very narrow and hurt my feet - so unfair.

TimeForMe Tue 14-Jul-09 17:04:38

Hi VAG, (this is IamNOTaBill)

I went for my bunion removal consultation today. Was seen by a fab male nurse initially who went through all my details, he went off to find the consultant (who was swooningly gorgeous!) who took a quick look at my foot and gave the go ahead. Had an xray of offending article then went back to reception and booked an appointment for pre op next week. When I go back for that I can choose the day of surgery!! And all of that on the NHS! It was brilliant.

The op itself is done under local anaesthetic and will take about an hour. I will then be in recovery just so they can keep an eye on things for a further 30 mins then I can go home. I've got to keep it elevated for 4 days only making trips to the bathroom then after the 4 days I can steadily walk around. I will go back for a check up and the dressing changed after 1 week then back again the next week for another check up and the stitches removed. Oh yes, I will be given a 'special' sandal to wear while the dressing is on but after 6 - 8 weeks I should be back in normal footwear! Yippee!! grin

So all went well today and I am equally as excited at having the offending article removed as I was before. I will let you know when I have it done how good/bad it was smile

Janey972 Tue 14-Jul-09 17:12:47

VeryAnnieGerty - I haven't got bunions but have very wide feet. I can't wear converse either. Dunlop greenflash (available in a variety of colours/styles) fit me fine and look trendy (I hope!) HTH.

TimeForMe Tue 22-Sep-09 12:21:36

VeryAnnieGertie I promised to let you know how my bunion removal op went so here I am! smile

After a very short wait I had my op last Tuesday. The operation was done under local anaesthetic so my foot was completely numbed. I was also given a knee block, sort of an epidural in the back of my knee so that my leg was numb from the knee down. This was to ensure a pain free 24 hours and a good nights sleep following the procedure.

Once my foot was numb I was taken in to theatre and began chatting to the two nurses. In just 15 minutes the bunion was gone! I kid you not, it took longer to numb my foot than it took to do the operation. I felt nothing, no nasty tugging or pulling or any of the things I had thought I might feel. The only thing I did feel was (quite a nice) vibrating sensation up my leg as the screws were put in. The operation wasn't traumatic at all.

Before the surgeon dressed my foot he showed it to me and gosh, it was just like looking at someone else's foot. Perfectly straight and so narrow! It looked beautiful. I had quite a long incision from my big toe down the side of my foot but it looked so neat and tidy. He has put in one long continuous stitch which, once the ends have been clipped next week will just dissolve.

I was given heavy duty painkillers to take for when the numbness had worn off but I only took them for one day as they made me ill but to be honest with you the pain has been minimal and very bearable so I haven't needed to take anything. I have had to sit with my foot elevated for 4 days, only taking trips to the bathroom but, between you and me I actually managed a teeny bit more than that wink

I've been back to the hospital today for the dressing changing and they have told me it is healing beautifully. Next week I have to take my trainers and will be leaving the hospital without my special sandal!! Back in my own shoes after only 2 weeks, even I am impressed.

So all in all it has been brilliant. Not too much discomfort at all. So if your bunion is still bothering you I can highly recommend having it removed. Hope the above helps, if you would like to know anything else then please feel free to ask smile

lavenderkate Tue 22-Sep-09 12:46:35

Had no idea it could be done under local anaesthetic. How fantastic.

You might have just changed my outlook on life!
I have a very painful bunion with arthritis in it since I was 15. I'm not yet 40.
GP has said I need the op within next 5 years but have a 3yr old so dont plan on it just yet because all my friends have had to rest up for weeks. Which clearly aint possible!!

Was yours a standard bunion op? I mean would it be something I might be able to have too?
Terrified of having a general.

VulpusinaWilfsuit Tue 22-Sep-09 12:51:46

Interesting thread. I have awful bunions on both feet. Would like to think about having them 'done' at some point as are getting painful.

I have heard there is a minimal invasion version of the op too (keyhole surgery etc?) - does anyone know about or had this done?

TimeForMe Tue 22-Sep-09 13:37:02

Yes lavenderkate as far as I'm aware it was just a standard bunion op. It was a big bunion though, my big toe was almost dislocated due to it and the toe joint had grown extra bone to sort of balance things out IYSWIM. The consultant explained that I would have a triangle shaped piece of bone removed to straighten the toe and bring it in, the extra bone would be shaved off and I would have three screws inserted so if that's the standard op then I've had it! grin

My bunion was painful too and as a result I found I was walking on the outer edge of my foot to take the pressure off it, I think this has fared me well when it came to walking after the op. You are only really inactive the first 4 days after the op and then they like you to increase activity gradually, go by your body basically so I don't think you would be laid up for weeks if you decide to have it done. I've done quite a bit of walking today and I am sat with my foot elevated at the moment due to it feeling a tiny bit achey but I can honestly say I have felt hardly any pain at all, especially where the bunion was and all the work has been done.

VulpusinaWilfsuit do you mean this one?
I read about this when I first started researching bunion removal but it isn't done on the NHS and is quite costly.

What I didn't realise was actually how serious bunions are, is in they can cause quite a lot of further damage and problems to the foot due to the misalignment of the big toe. I was more bothered by the damage the bunion was doing to my boots and shoes but it seems the operation was actually medically necessary.

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