A Wrinkle In Time

It came suddenly, one day as I was washing dishes in my kitchen. A slight ache hitting in the middle of my back, dull and persistent. I passed it off as a workout injury and forgot about it. Until a few weeks later, when I am sitting at my desk, typing at my computer. And I can’t. Get. Comfortable. I rearrange my laptop. I adjust my posture. I throw a few pillows behind my chair. But the ache is not going away. “But what?” I think to myself. “I’m just…sitting here, not doing anything. How could that be painful??” And then it hits me. This is how getting old starts. An ache here, a pain there, and then you wake up one morning and find your left kidney has run off with your meniscus in the middle of the night and you will just have to make due for the rest of your life. I can’t wait.

OK, I exaggerate a little. I am still in my twenties, some good years away from 30. I have yet to find a gray hair and my joints are still in good working order. And yet I find myself drawn to a recent Wall Street Journal article about finding comfort in a high heel. Will today’s irresponsible 4-inch heel thrill be tomorrow’s knee problem? Should I just throw in the towel, buy a pair of beige, school-marm Naturalizers and call it a day?

Surely there must be another option. And I’m hoping it looks something like this. Sassy enough to mingle with the other stilettos in my closet, and yet lying beneath, a whole web of Nike Air technology to gently buoy me through the day. Here is a shoe a physical therapist can love. In the meantime, just keep me away from the early bird specials.


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