As curious as it sounds, you can read a woman’s shoe habit on her feet. While a face has to have a certain age to uncover its history, shoe habits can be read at the tender age of sixteen already.
Let’s begin with the basics: For the first years of our life we are completely dependent of our parents, our feet grow as they allow them to by choosing our shoes or agreeing on those we choose. The most common traces of our youth can be found in the smallest of our toes, if we wore shoes that used to be too small or tight, it is no longer straight but curved up and turned inwards. this is because most shoes do not leave the neccessary space on the frontside for us to grow. The second is our big toe, its peak lightly looking inwards too.
Another factor to be counted is the weight.. around seven to ten kg of gain or loss can either increase or decrease the size of our shoes due to the neccessity to get them wider.
But let us talk about the traces each type of shoe might leave…
Gym shoes are practically undetectable, since they leave barely any characteristic mark, except it is its not leaving mark that is the mark itself. A gym shoe wearer tends to heave sweatier feet than others, has the toes straight and usually a wider and deeper back. Since we cannot compare the feet with how they wear before continuously covered in these types of shoes, a deduction is barely possible. Another detail rather common with this type of shoes is the hypersensibility of th foot to adapt to other shoes, no matter which other type is cdhosen, it might push and hurt on some place. A person telling you he/she loves to wear heels can never have such feet.
The flip flops: the big toe is more sepparated from the second than all the others, the second toe tends to turn slightly with the nail towards the big toe and around the place where the rope connects the sole with the upper side of the sandal, a wider circle starts to form between the two toes.
The ballerina: this type of shoe requires to be exactly the size of the wearer, if not a bit smaller, to make sure they won’t be lost. As a result most toes get a triangular form after a while, the big toe gets pushed to the center, while its bottom bone is left outside. The second toe starts to form a curve and no longer lies straight next to the big one. There is barely any ballerina user that has the nails of the big toe growing upways. Also cvery common is the horned skin at the back of the heel.
Heel shoes with wide peak: the heels condition the feet in a very particular manner, you no longer have the rough sole spread all over the tallon, but slightly focussed on the inner part of it. to fit the heels have to be or boots, therefore support the feet from the ankle, or very tight at the heel, which causes horned skin on the sides and back of it. While a gym shoe wearer usually has a rather equally spread horned skin, on the feet, a heel wearer has particularly tough skin around the toes if not rasped regularly and has barely any sign of walking on the very middle of the foot.
Heel shoes with tight peak: THe toeas have to continuously carry weight that is usually well balanced around the foot, but at the same time there is no way for it to spread to get more hold. The pressure of the body causes the toes slowly to get together, forcing one toe to place itself over the other while the bone bottom of the big toe grows outways. This type of deformation carried on for too long will cause severe damage to the feet and the future inability to find any type of shoe that will not hurt while worn.
Heel wearer get their leg muscles altered as well, shortened calves change the way the person walks and the longer it goes on, the more the person gets inable to touch the even ground barefeet with the tallon.
Even if feet are a minor detail of people’s everiday life, they can leave traces that can change our lives.