Editor’s Note: Here’s another installment of our product-review Wednesday; I chat footwear for the kitchen. In addition, we will be using the acronym for “What’s New in Our Kitchen Wednesdays” as to allow room for a witty title. -Christina
I don’t know about you but like a 19th Century peasant woman, I spend A LOT of time standing in my kitchen. You’ve heard this story before…Miles’ food allergies….almost-nothing from a box….so I cook everything…blah blah blah. I was born in 1975 with double hip dysplasia. So I was a very-late walker, think 2.5- 3 years old, and I’ve had mild hip/knee/general joint pain ever since. I am a very active person and the numbing pain has never slowed me down, especially with exercise. That said, standing around in place for long periods of time or walking very long distances will hinder my gitty-up and go.
Almost 35 years ago (ugh, my 35th birthday in December) a team of doctors told my then-practically teenage parents that I would probably never walk. Sadly, I don’t know the whole story about how I came to walk but my mom tells me its because of one doctor in Schenectady, NY who treated me (he died a few years ago at like 98 years old). I was in a 1800’s looking hip stabilizer contraption in the split position- for 22 hours a day for the first couple of years..that’s what I know.
Fast forward to January 2010, Miles was diagnosed and I began spending hours standing in the kitchen. After months and months of standing in a variety of footwear including but not limited to faux shearling Target mocks, IKEA 99cent neon orange slippers, faux Crocs flip flops, Real Crocs basic clog, and my various pairs of Birkenstocks my feet hurt constantly. Every morning my feet would scream in pain at the first touch of the flooring. By July I was a walking mess, not good when you’re chasing around a toddler 24/7 and needing to prep/cook/bake a few hours a day.
Then a light bulb went off and I asked myself “what do chefs/cooks/prep cooks wear? ” Why wear supportive shoes ONLY when I leave the house? I spend HOURS and HOURS in my house- why not respect my feet indoors as much as I do outdoors? What was with my collection of $10 or less house shoes?
I immediately thought of Batali in his orange Crocs. So I went to Crocs’ website and found their work-specific shoes, including a chef-specific shoe, the Bistro. Who knew? I sure didn’t. Then I saw that they had a special Mario Batali Edition. Ohhhhh fun! I thought I will only be wearing these in the house so why not buy the orange? Why not have the constant reminder of the successful chef? Maybe the shoes would help me channel my inner-Batali during kitchen time. Saute Like The Master…
I’m not going to run down the specifics of the shoe, I’m not a Crocs rep, but I will say that my feet have not hurt since the purchase. I can not believe it, but I am totally pain-free and my joints are also feeling better than ever (although that could be my almost 100% GF diet…that’s a post for another time). In addition the non-slip tread, unlike common-man Crocs with no tread whatsoever, and the closed-toe design are really helpful in the kitchen. Oh, and my cooking has improved too.
Well, you’d have to ask my husband if that last part is true. In the meantime, all your home cooks out there: be kind to your feet.
DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED NOTHING FOR THIS REVIEW.