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De Agony of De Feet

We've just completed the third quarter of the first year of the Wellness Challenge at the university. If I continue to do as I have been doing, I should end the year in the gold category. This summer on week days, I have no problem at all getting at least 10,000 steps a day with my work at IT Help Desk. One day last month I got over 19,000 steps in the course of my work. The total of my steps for the past nine months is a little over 3,250,000 steps! I should hit 4 million by the end of the first year of the challenge. Sensible walking shoes are a must!

A few weeks ago I got an interesting and at least mildly disturbing e-mail with pictures of some current and past shoe fashion rages in Japan.

Think your shoes are uncomfortable? Look at the latest (out)rage in shoes in Japan....

Japanese red high heels

Japanese black shoes

Japanese black shoes

Japanese black high heels

Japanese red boots

Japanese black sparkly shoes

Japanese black horse shoes

Feel better now about your shoes? How would you like sensible walking shoes like those?

Uncomfortable shoes seem to be a tradition in the Orient. Look at the kinds of shoes that were worn back in the day of the Chinese women who practiced foot binding....

hard to walk

Advanced age does not seem to be the only reason for her difficulty in walking.

hard to walk

This woman was apparently one of those who practiced foot binding.

coming unwrapped

Like many people, you may think your feet are ugly. You might not any longer after you see the next few pictures! Here's the woman's unwrapped foot from one angle....


Here's the foot from another angle....

what it looks like

Here's a close up...


Unbelievable, huh!?

Still think your feet are ugly? Here are a few more pictures that may convince you otherwise....

The heels of time (Time wounds all heels?)...

the heels of time

Time for a pedicure?

maybe a pedicure would be in order

Feel better now about your feet? Ugly feet aren't found only in Asia, huh?


house wren update...

It appears that the eggs have now hatched. They're at that oxymoronic stage - pretty ugly! Here's a picture I took this evening....

the baby house wrens

Want to have beautiful feet? Read on to find out how....


"How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!" Romans 10:15

=^..^= =^..^=

If your nose runs and your feet smell, maybe you're built umop-apisdn.

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13 Comments on “De Agony of De Feet”

  1. #1 Zina
    on Jun 6th, 2008 at 2:32 am

    That is soooo awful about the Japanese lady’s feet!!
    Congratualtions on so may “steps” to better health!
    We always enjoy the ivman and ofen pass it on to others! Thanks for all your work with it!
    In HIm, Zina

  2. #2 Dave
    on Jun 6th, 2008 at 6:15 am

    OK, Mr. Loach. You’re an experienced man, so maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think I am. Foot binding was an exclusively Chinese practice. That woman was not a geisha – they were Japanese. The old lady is standing in front of a door covered in Chinese writing. She’s Chinese. Right?


  3. #3 Rob
    on Jun 6th, 2008 at 6:37 am

    Thanks for your words of encouragement. Are you all getting to see Phil and the team from BJU while they’re in Germany? This week they’re in Landshut. Greetings to Michael!

    Thank you very much for letting me know about that! I’ve done corrections in the post and given a link to a Wikipedia article about foot binding. I may post nonsense, but I want it always to be accurate nonsense! 🙂

  4. #4 Carrie
    on Jun 6th, 2008 at 7:05 am

    Gasp! I’ve never seen pictures of a bare bound foot. It’s hard to believe that people actually did that to little girls. And those ridiculous Japanese shoes! I’m so glad not to be a slave to fashion!

  5. #5 Lara
    on Jun 6th, 2008 at 11:32 am

    *looks at Japanese shoes* OW!

    *looks at Chinese bound feet* *passes out*

    I’ll stick to my sneakers and flats, thanks.

  6. #6 Jami
    on Jun 8th, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    well, i guess that i will never complain about the shoes i wear! i must admit that randy and i cringed at each photo and i just about couldn’t look at the foot wrapping photos. awful! i’m thankful these are not american trends, because if so, i’ll just have to be out of style.

  7. #7 Zina
    on Jun 9th, 2008 at 4:14 am

    Guess what Mr. Loach?? When we lived in Germany for 4 months in 1997, we lived outside of Landshut….funny huh?
    Thanks for the info!

  8. #8 Rob
    on Jun 9th, 2008 at 6:25 am

    Carrie, Lara, and Jami:
    I’m with you on the shoes – it seems as if you’d have to be a ballerina to walk in most of them! And the foot binding thing – YIKES! How brutal. It’s amazing the self-mutilation and mutilation of others that take place in various parts of the world! And all in the name of beauty. It truly is in the eye of the beholder, huh?

    That’s funny that you lived for a while outside Landshut. I posted a comment to the German team blog – http://bjugermanteam.com – this past week about how my mind sees Land shut when I look at Landshut.

  9. #9 Barbara H.
    on Jun 9th, 2008 at 10:46 am

    I can’t imagine walking in any of those!! And I had heard what foot binding did, but I have never seen it. How awful.

    I agree with your comment on my blog about taking God’s name in vain in prayer by unnecessarily repeating it. I think I have a little more sympathy when people do that, though, because I think it is a nervous habit from praying in front of people and they don’t quite realize they’re doing it (as opposed to when people take God’s name in vain on purpose or with utter disregard) but it still makes me cringe when I hear it.

  10. #10 Vikki
    on Jun 9th, 2008 at 2:53 pm


    Even in ballet they go down on the flat of the foot often. No chance with these shoes. I tried putting my foot in that osition for a few seconds and my calves started cramping. HOWEVER, foot doctors have to be seeing $$$$ (or ¥¥¥¥ in their case) on this trend! And, what happens if they fall? Who pickes them back up again with those 12 ” soles?

    As far as the foot binding – I can’t imagine subjecting a little child to such a thing. I’ve read that, as these people reach middle-age, some can no longer even walk anymore and are wheelchair bound because the foot is so deformed. They thought it was beautiful. But, for the life of me, I can’t imagine why!

  11. #11 Susan
    on Jun 9th, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Hi Rob. I always enjoy your blog posts so much, but I have to admit I was surprsied by this one. Footbinding is, as I’m sure you’ll agree, a horrible practice done to young girls who had no choice in the matter. Mutilation in any form is not something to be gawked at; the practice of footbinding is not merely a quirky fashion statement. Thanks for understanding where I’m coming from, and I look forward to getting back to the great humor we’re all accustomed to!

  12. #12 Rob
    on Jun 9th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Barbara H.:
    Thanks for your comment on this post and also on my comment on your blog post. I agree with your estimation as to one of the reasons it’s happening, but I do think that sometimes we don’t think seriously enough about what we’re saying or the One to Whom we’re saying it.

    As always, your comment was right on target!

    I do understand where you’re coming from. One of my purposes on my blog is to give information. As you’ll see in one of my comments on this, I made it clear that I find the practice a brutal form of mutilation. So you and I are right on the same page.

  13. #13 Brett
    on Aug 7th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Those shoes are awesome, I don’t know what you’re complaining about.