Take a moment, relax, breathe and close your eyes.
Picture opening your closet and seeing your shoes lined up in front of you. See them? All colors and styles. Now, image taking every pair and throwing them away in a big black garbage bag never to grace your feet ever again.
Cruel, right? Who would do such a thing?!
Let me back up.
Throughout my life I’ve worn all sorts of shoes — heels, boots, flats, stylish sneakers, running shoes, Uggs (don’t judge me!) wellies, flip flops, open toed, wide heels, thin heels and even some terrible style choices like Birkenstocks and clogs. They each told a story, and were there to complete an outfit — after all, my shoe size had been the same since I was 16.
They ranged from high quality and expensive to the quick “disposable” fixes from Target. I mean, love has no boundaries.
But then it came true. The vicious rumor that pregnancy changes your shoe size and your feet grow.
“Seguro” I thought, laughing it off. Not happening to me. No.
But it did.
And I cried.
And I denied.
And denied it more.
For an entire year after having my son, I would still try on my shoes in the hopes my feet had gone back to normal. At first I attributed it to the 50 lbs I had gained and as I lost the weight, I would try them on, willing them to feel as before.
“Vamos, come on, fit, fit, fit.”
I’d speak to them — first in a soft voice, pleading with them, then turning to anger and frustration.
But they were still tight, too small and painful to wear. I ended up with blisters on my toes and ripped heals from the excess rubbing and managed to do some serious damage to my feet.
One by one, I threw them into black bags and donated them to the local charity shop. It was as if literally bagging one part of my life and starting over.
Over the past 5 years I have slowly but surely grown my shoe collection — but this time around focusing on higher-quality footwear, because I’m way too old to have bad shoes and have my feet hurt.
So to my pregnant readers and even those not expecting — the vicious rumor is true, pregnancy can change your shoe size. If it does happen to you, allow yourself to deny, mourn the loss, purge and then start again.
New baby, new life, new shoes ¡eso!
How did you handle pregnancy changing your shoe size?