How to Deal With Aching Feet When You Have to Walk a Lot

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Photo by Jaclyn Moy on Unsplash

This summer, a listener wrote in with a conundrum. She had just moved to New York City, and by the weekends when she has enough time to explore the city, her dogs are barking from the hustle and bustle of the workweek. What’s a city dweller to do? Plenty of listeners wrote in with advice for how to prevent foot pain. Here are some of their recommendations.

Thanks to Vanessa, Lindsey, Janice and Jamie for submitting their tips!

  • Only buy real leather or suede shoes that have an inner lining that’s also breathable. Consider stretching leather shoes with stretch spray. “Spray inside your shoe and walk around your apartment. Do it a couple of times. Your shoes will stretch to your foot.”

  • Use moleskin for the back of sneakers, boots or shoes that rub and give you blisters. Band-Aid sells a “blister block” balm in a deodorant stick. Apply to heels in the morning and take in your work bag. 

  • Ariat, Bjorn, Mexicana, Frye, Sketchers, Ugg (the ones with sculpted fleece lined footbeds, i.e. waterproof with arch support), Sorel, Russell, Bromley, M.M. LaFleur and Cole Haan.

  • Try wool socks, which wick sweat better than cotton—it can reduct the amount of rubbing on sensitive spots.

  • Don’t wear the same pair for days on end. Switch it up every day or two. 

  • If you have flat feet, look for arch inserts and do foot arch exercises like picking up a pencil with your toes. 

  • If you have high arches, look for shoes with a heel of an inch or so to keep you from putting all your weight on your heels. Consider arch inserts, which can cost up to $100.

  • If your pain persists, see a podiatrist if you can.

Where to Sell Vintage Clothing

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This summer, we spent several episodes (namely episodes 280 and 286) talking about the fickle market for vintage clothing. When a listener asked where we’d recommend selling vintage clothing in ye olde 2019, we asked our community for their recommendations.

Here are a few, including some listener quotes on why they’re worth checking out. Our thanks to Sarah, Shauna, Stephanie, and Jenny for supplying these tips!

Depop. “Sometimes you get lucky and sell it really fast and other times it’s not so lucky. “

Etsy. “Though I do not personally sell on Etsy (eBay and Poshmark take up all my time!), I follow other full-time resellers on Instagram who post about their success selling vintage on Etsy.”

eBay. Only if your items come from a recognizable/searched brand name.

Local vintage stores. “Email local vintage shops or check their website for their buying terms.” From there, “send a few photos of your pieces, how much you’re looking to get, and we start an open dialog about them. Make sure you feel like the items you’re emailing fit the aesthetic of the shop.”

Buffalo Exchange. “Not for much but you’ll get around $5.” 

Facebook Marketplace.

@Noihsaf.bazaar on Instagram. “I've actually had great luck buying and selling items on Instagram. There have been several communities popping up, especially in light of the slow fashion movement, where people can buy and sell used clothes via Instagram. I've had the most luck with a group of accounts called NOIHSAF (good luck pronouncing that on-air, it's Fashion backward). They have accounts for home goods, vintage, kids clothing, activewear, mens clothes, and newer non-vintage used clothes. 

Everything But the House. “EBTH app, or the website! I have not sold on it myself, but I can definitely lose track of time searching through it! Worth checking out I hope!”