Have you ever tried to walk with a broken flip flop?

I have done some challenging things in my time, running 3 half marathons, climbing Mt Kinabalu (the 2nd highest mountain in South East Asia) and of course giving birth.  But have you ever tried to walk with a broken flip flop?

It was one of those days, we needed to take the dog for a walk as we were going to be out for a few hours.  We tend to go to the local park and let him have a paddle in the river, so my daughter planned her footwear carefully, or so I thought.  She decided on a cheap pair of Jelly Shoes.  We got half way down the road and then had to come back, to change them as they were hurting her feet.  I’m not surprised.

We eventually got to the park, then sadly there was a slightly grumpy grandfather of three who obviously would rather I didn’t let my dog off the lead to splash in the river.  So, we admitted defeat and started for home.


This is when my flip flop broke…..

Flip-flop malfunction in the park help I’m stuck!

Recommended Flip Flops for Corns


This isn’t the first time this has happened to me.  Once it happened in a pub but we had some duct tape and taped it to my foot so I could get home.  However, being at the local park I did not have any on me.

The Best Flip Flops for Corn Sufferers (IMO)

‘Beach shoes are an excellent solution – flip-flops that have a thong for each toe are marvellous at restoring correct functioning in the foot  and toe.’ – via the Daily Mail

I won’t go into too much detail about my dodgy feet, but I do have a corn on the ball of my right foot, which makes walking barefoot excruciating.  It feels like walking on a golf ball.  I do get it treated regularly but it does tend to build up again.  Anyhow, I had to circumnavigate the gravel paths and cobblestones, nearly making me break down in tears.  In the end, I had to call hubby to come and rescue us in the car.

I was absolutely gutted that I broke my favourite pair of LuLu Fit Flops, which I bought last year and wear all the time, as they are one of the only ones I can wear comfortably.  They’ve a comfortable toe piece and a very thick spongy foot bed, which accommodates my dastardly corn.

Flip Flops for Corn

Luckily, I have a spare pair of Reef Flip Flops. Up until the weekend I hadn’t worn them a lot, but found them just as comfortable.  The toe post is soft, so none of that first day flip flop pain. The straps are lined with an ultra soft lining, plus they have a built in arch support to support my rather flat feet and the suede foot bed allows me to walk virtually pain free.  They are a bit more casual than my Fit Flops and couldn’t wear them to work but they are perfect for a day at the Lido.





New School Shoes (for me)!

Out with the old and in with the new.  I don’t know if you’re like me, but since having my daughter I rarely treat myself.  I’ve gone from getting my hair done quarterly to yearly, my eye-brows resemble Bert from Sesame street and my skincare regime is non-existent, unless you count the use of baby wipes!

So, when I had the chance to treat myself, I upgraded my old trainers.  I honestly, can’t even remember when I bought them or where I bought them.  I think it may have been pre Madame or even longer. Yikes!  Thought I’d go a bit crazy and go for some colour.

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They will be missed but are now relegated to mowing the lawn, gardening and DIY.

I also treated myself to a pair of jeans, but think I may have had one glass of wine too many and bought a pair that were too small.  God knows, what I was thinking!  I’ve never worn a 31, not even during University.  However, I managed to return them with little problem.

Disclosure: Thanks to Zalando UK for giving me the chance to treat myself.

I love a bit of retro!

Boy, times have changed?

Did you have some of these babies?












Or were you lucky like me and had some of these Sexy Mamas?  Note: I got these on my sister’s birthday, she got a pair but I got some as well, one of the benefits of having divorced parents.  #daddyguilttrip.  Don’t think she has ever forgiven me.











But look at the one’s kids get today, Heelys.  Too cool!  You can pop the wheels out and use them as shoes!  Love it!   Psst, don’t tell her she’s getting exercise as well!














I honestly, think these would make a fab Christmas present.  My 5 year old is struggling a bit but hell bent on working them out.  I do love the determination.

Disclosure:  The Heelys were complimentary but great fun!


Buying Shoes for Your Baby or Toddler

The baby and toddler shoe market can often be overwhelming and confusing for a new parent.  Tiny baby shoes are often given as gifts to newborns, yet parents are advised not to put shoes on children until they are walking.  Conflicting advice and advertising can make it hard to decide what is right for a child.

It is generally agreed that newborns will only need a foot covering for warmth.  Newborns are always lying down, being carried or being held.  Their feet do not touch the floor for the first few months and their legs and feet are not yet strong enough to bear their full weight.


Once children are crawling, they very often learn to stand at around the same time.  Pulling themselves up and moving from table to sofa whilst supporting themselves (known as cruising) usually follows quickly after crawling.


At this stage, parents may consider protecting the developing feet of their child with pre- walker baby shoes.  These usually have a soft sole, soft sides and back and often resemble a leather slipper rather than a rigid shoe.  These shoes are ideal to protect your baby’s foot on indoor surfaces, and even outside on gentle or yielding surfaces such as grass or sand.  Very often these baby shoes are made to fit a child from birth to ten months.  Some parents choose not to buy their children shoes at all until they are fully walking, but this is often a personal preference rather than a medical matter. Vertbaudet the online children’s specialist has a range of shoes for newborns and toddlers that are comfy, practical yet stylish to sure you little one’s feet are taken care of.  Pre-walking infant shoes are often lace-ups or a full shoe to cover the complete foot.  This ensures they stay on the foot.

Once children are fully weight bearing, that is able to stand fully on their own, they will not be far from talking their first steps.  First step shoes are an in-between shoe.  Firmer than soft crawling shoes, they are not as rigid as shoes for the busy walker.  Soft trainer-style shoes are the usual way forward, with firmer soles that can be worn outside on any surface and yet do not feel too hard against a child’s growing soft feet.  Laces are frequently used as a way of keeping the shoe on the foot.  A walking child just out of the crawling stage may still be spending time in a pushchair or even a sling, and so First Step baby shoes do not need to be as heavy duty as a shoe for a child who walks for the majority of the time.  However, it is still important to buy the right size and measuring is important.

Measuring service in stores

Many high street shoe shops offer a thorough measuring service and it is useful to remember that width is as important as length.  There is no obligation to buy in the store that measures your child’s foot if a better fitting pair can be found elsewhere.

Once a child is walking longer distances and spending less time in a pushchair, it is time to graduate to a walking shoe.  It is at this stage that measuring and re-measuring becomes essential.  Shoes for the walking child are more rigid and supportive both at the sides and at the back.  A child who is just walking is also still growing, so it is best to be prepared to buy new shoes with regularity when first starting out.  Feet should be measured every six to eight weeks.

Children’s shoes often need replacing frequently as their feet grow, but this does slow down in time.  From baby shoes to walking shoes, what could be more important than giving a child the best start in life as their adventures begin?

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These Shoes are Made for Walking

This is what happened last time I wore my trusty walking shoes when I trekked the Gower Peninsula for Breast Cancer last year.

I’ve been trying to work out how long I’ve had them.  I think it must be at least 7 years, probably closer to 10.  They’ve done the Moonwalk, climbed Mount Kinabalu (2nd highest mountain in South East Asia) and have been to at least 10 different countries in this time.

So, when Hotter Shoes offered to send me a new pair to try out I jumped at the chance.  They sent me a pair of Sierra Women’s Gore-Tex Walking Shoes (£69) I haven’t had a chance to give them a proper test as we don’t do as much walking as we used to.  Madame is at that awkward age where she is too heavy to carry in a back pack and not quite big enough to do longer walks.

However, I have been wearing them around the house and to and from school.  Bliss!  They are so much lighter than my last ones.  I love the style and colour, plus the ice skating type hooks that allow me to tie them tightly. From what I can tell so far they are also very good quality.  I had a look at the seams, joins and moulds and I’m impressed.

When I took them off last night I said to hubby ‘these shoes are so comfy’.

I can’t wait to try them out properly.  Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye to my old ones.  Off to the bin for them!