Two Fitting Occasions

Apr 6, 2011 | 2 comments

Bright and Shiny

     Monday was a day of fittings.  Me for walking shoes.  Nyel for a sling.  Mine was a little difficult.  His was pretty easy.
     My fitting involved walking shoes.  Now that I am a Walking Woman of Oysterville, I thought it only fitting (so to speak) to get a pair of decent walking shoes.  My blue suede lace-up Easy Spirit flats wick water to the point that I am squishing by the time I get home. My bright red leather lace-up Easy Spirit anti-gravity shoes are a little delicate for striding out each morning.  And I’d like to keep my shiny black Dexter penny loafers nice and shiny.  Until Monday, those were my choices.
     It’s not that I wouldn’t love to have a dozen pair of shoes – or a couple of dozen, for that matter.  But shoe manufacturers have yet to come to grips with my size.  So, when I walked into Gimre’s (the best-ever shoe store in Astoria) I wasn’t holding my breath.
     “You’re a size 8,” the clerk said when she took my measurements.
     “Well, actually an 8 won’t fit,” I said.  “My feet are quite narrow.  I need a 7½.”
     She brought two pairs of size 8.  “Oh!  Your foot is really narrow,” she said.  “Let’s try a 7½…”
     I love my new walking shoes.  They fit perfectly.  And I didn’t even have to make a great big noisy fuss like I did when I was a six-year-old in Alameda.  That time, the shoe clerk said once too often (and to my mother, not even to me), “Her feet are just too narrow.” 
     “No,” said I, in a very naughty and very loud voice, “YOUR SHOES ARE TOO WIDE!”
     At Gimre’s, size 7½ was just right!
     Nyel’s fitting at the Rebound Physical Therapy Center in Vancouver went way easier.  The Physical Therapist looked at the height and weight listed in his chart and brought a size large sling and showed him how to adjust the straps.  Beginning a week from yesterday after his shoulder surgery, it will be his constant companion for six weeks.  Comfortable?  Probably not.  The right fit?  Yes, indeed.  Maybe arms are easier than feet.
     All in all, for me “If the shoe fits…” and for Nyel, no doubt something about the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune…”


  1. Diana C

    Your writing today has me nostalgic for Ray Bradbury’s “Dandelion Wine” and the kid who gets the new tennis shoes…

    “Feel those shoes, Mr. Sanderson, feel how fast they’d take me? All those springs inside? Feel all the running inside? Feel how they kind of grab hold and can’t let you alone and don’t like you just standing there?”

    “You’ll find out it’s little savors and little things that count more than big ones. A walk on a spring morning is better than an eighty-mile ride in a hopped-up car, you know why? Because it’s full of flavors, full of a lot of things growing. You’ve time to seek and find. ”

    I think I’ll go read.
    Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. Stephanie Frieze

    I love Gimmre’s!


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