I wear running shoes with my dresses. My family makes fun of me but I don’t care. For the past ten years I have suffered many times from stress fractures in one foot or the other. It is no fun! Every time I go to the podiatrist, he tells me to wear better shoes. I buy shoes I feel are better but eventually I find myself with another stress factor. I decided I need to wear them more often. Dress shoes offer little support and my favorites (flip flops) offer me none. So, I’m wearing my supportive tennis shoes (and they better help cause man are they costly) 99% of the time.
I’m sure others wonder why I have on my athletic shoes with a cute dress but I’ve made the decision to not care. Many social norms (such as having on clean clothes, brushing one’s hair, etc.) we should try to follow, but this is not one of them. I’m hoping I’ve had my last stress fracture!
Stefanie F. Pisarkiewicz, LPC
Experience and information from a counselor and mother- sharing her two cents on children and teens.