So yesterday I was doing a bit of a clear out and found an old pair of navy Converse shoes in a size 6 that Max used to wear – they were his first pair and being bit of a sentimentalist I decided they couldn’t be thrown out as they were too cute!
Then I suddenly remembered that my husband had mentioned trying them on Lucia when I found them because when we met up with a few other families in Northern Ireland who had a child with Lymphoedema, one little boy who had the condition in his feet was wearing Converse. So I got very excited and tried them on her!
And guess what? They fitted ok! Because I could take the laces right out of the shoe on the right foot I was able to get the shoe on, then put the laces in and adjust them to suit the swelling. It was also 4pm and she had been in her compression tights all day so her foot was in great shape for trying them on.
Lucia – who can be quite the little girly girl at times – got just as excited as me about her ‘new shoes’ and instantly made me take her out for a walk in them! I watched as she pushed her baby in its buggy up the street and she looked completely comfortable walking in them and when we got back didn’t want to take them off. So we kept them on for a while following a great bit of advice from a lovely person who had read this blog and emailed me about keeping shoes on throughout the day to help with compression.
When we took them off her feet were great – particularly her right. It felt soft and looked so much flatter and there was no marking on her feet that made me think the shoes were doing her any harm. I would even go as far as to say it is the best her little foot has look yet.
So today, we went to the local shoe shop and bought her a pair of Converse – in pink of course! And obviously, she totally rocks them! Happy Saturday!