A Candid Camera moment

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-24-1997
A Candid Camera moment
Sat, 01-11-2014 - 8:10pm

or life as a real estate agent.  Last Thursday (1/9) I was showing properties to a buyer and of all embarrassing situations, I was facing the buyer answering questions instead of watching where I'm walking.  Even though we had snow & ice on the ground, this was a case of not realizing there was a step down onto the sidewalk and plop - I fell flat down on the sidewalk - wearing a suit & calf length boots.  Injured my hand, wrist & right knee - bleeding all over the place.  Of course if I wore pants & gloves, the injuries may have lessened.  Anyway, I went back to the broker's office to return the key & used their bathroom to wash off what I could & bandaged myself up a bit.  Of course, the pantyhose was brand new & had to throw that out.  I called the doctor because later my wrist was swelling a bit & very painful.  It turned out to be a sprain & by Fri. morning I was feeling better - bathed it in ice.

I planned to take Fri. off to rest but that didn't work out as my phone rang all day long & I was at the computer working.  Today, I got a reminder of my age & how my body isn't 20 yrs. old anymore.  I was showing properties to a different buyer and the wife is carrying her baby up & down the stairs - wearing jeans & HEELS but doing it so effortlessly.  I'm thinking how I used to do that with my kids but now at almost 60 yrs.,, I would be very hesitant to walk up & down steps with an infant & not holding onto the handrails.  Geez, one of those things we used to do without thinking & now 40 yrs. later, we think twice about it with hesitation.

How life changes us in little ways that we don't realize.  As for the weather - replying to posts below - the ice has melted, it warmed up FINALLY but it rained off & on all day.  I'll take the rain & fog we had today over driving in ice & freezing temps.  It's early Jan. in NYC which means the snow, ice & freezing temps are not over yet.  Experience tells me we'll get another nor'easter blizzard or 2 between now & March. 


Avatar for sabrtooth
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-03-1999
Sat, 01-11-2014 - 9:34pm

In 1973, when I was 21, I fell off my platform shoes walking up a flight of cement stairs, necessitating a late night trip to the ER.  During that long night, my husband-to-be made it very clear that men have very little interest in what a woman is wearing, unless it isn't much.   His belief, and that of men he knew, was that women wear fashion for themselves, and other women.  It was an eye opening moment, which also included the realization that fashion and stupidity were frequent bedfellows.  Safety, and common sense, then entered my fashion life, and remain there to this day.

As for dresses, the last time I wore one was in 2006, for my daughter's wedding.  For the next wedding, I will undoubtedly be in pallazo pants, and flats.

Avatar for nora_mcl
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-30-2011
Sat, 01-11-2014 - 9:36pm

Oh OUCH, Kathy-glad nothing is broken except maybe some of your dignity!'

I'm not sure I'd ever whip around ice carrying a baby & in heels-but maybe I'm klutzier than most?

Hope you at least managed to impress that client enough to maybe make a sale as you went flying down at his feet!


Avatar for suzyk2118
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-30-1997
Sun, 01-12-2014 - 7:38am

Glad the injuries were somewhat minor albeit embarrassing!  Yikes!

I worked at Westinghouse over the summer before going to grad school ('81) and wore these Bass shoes that had a 1-2" sole all around - very comfortable.  My weakness is volleyball and someone said they were getting a group together right after work - would I want to play? Sure! Well, needless to say I severely twisted my ankle and by the time I got to grad school a month or two later it was still bad so I went to get PT done at the hospital in Champaign and the ONLY thing that worked was putting my whole foot/ankle in this freezing cold ice bath for treatments - not pleasant but it did work. That did it for me and heels forever after - flats rule!

I actually found the pic - see the Bass platform oxfords here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/152724686/1970s-platform-oxfords-bass-shoes

Never been a high heel person and never would've considered carrying a baby with them on.


Avatar for shirley_v
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-29-2000
Sun, 01-12-2014 - 12:57pm

It's good that the injury wasn't worse, Kathy.  I have hardly been one to wear high heels for much of my life.  I can't for the life of me remember what style of shoes I wore in high school when we were required to wear skirts but surely it never was high heels...maybe lower type heels or maybe flats?  By the time I was in university and attending art classes, it was just not cool to wear skirts.  Jeans and low type shoes were the thing and I  haven't much changed my shoe style since. 

Now being older comfort is the most important aspect to the shoes I wear but that's because I have a wider than normal foot and there are few shoes that I seem to be able to find that are stylish in a wider width.  I also now have orthotics (after coming down with plantar fasciitis years ago) which further hampers what shoes they can fit into.  I can wear a flat dress shoe without my orthotics but mostly because I know I won't be wearing them for a long length of time (usually at special social functions) and won't be doing a lot of walking or standing in them.  I have bought some arch support inserts to put into dress shoes - I've never wanted to put out the money for custom orthotics for dress shoes which I know exist.  But fancy footwear was never a thing with me - so i'm not mourning any loss of that in my life - although I really wish some shoe manufacturers would make a stylish casual shoe in wide width that isn't a runner!  Maybe there are some out there, but I've not found much here in Calgary.  And I am not keen to shop online for shoes.

Anyway, I hope you are all healed up now. 

Avatar for sabrtooth
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-03-1999
Sun, 01-12-2014 - 4:00pm

I know you said you don't like shopping online, but Rae & I both like this site.  We both have hammartoe and crosstoe problems, and I have bunions as well.  My ortho told me not to have surgery, but buy appropriate shoes instead.  He recommended this company.  If there are any shoes you are interested in, be sure to read the reviews--they give good insight.


Avatar for elc11
Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 01-13-2014 - 12:46pm

Kathy, I hope that your wrist is back to normal now and the various aches and pains from the fall have disappeared to---and glad that your injuries weren't worse. Too bad that you didn't get Friday off to rest, but the good news is that if you're busy then hopefully some it will result in sales.

I'm pretty careful going up and down stairs these days, what with my not-as-good eyesight and not-as-strong limbs--I don't want any surprises.

Avatar for shirley_v
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-29-2000
Tue, 01-14-2014 - 12:08pm

Thanks for this, Sabr.  I know a number of stores here do sell some of the brands listed on the site.  Not all of them, but a number of them.  I do end up going to 'specialty' stores (as I call them) that have many (and mostly it's European) brands of shoes that come in a wider width.  (Expensive!) but then I don't worry about the price as much since I don't wear but a few shoes at most - and I wear them until I can't - till they wear out!  Lately I've had some issues with my left two outside toes (baby toe and the next to it) and I've got to be careful about how the shoe fits or I  have to have the left shoe stretched out on that side - although I'm not entirely sure why the problem exactly - something has changed about those two toes!  I just can't see buying shoes that I cannot try on.  And I don't like the hassle of having to mail back something that doesn't fit be it shoes or clothing, for that matter.  Being in Canada too, I think I would prefer to shop (even online) with Canadian based companies just because of the cross-border mailing issues...some companies in the U.S. don't sell to Canada (I know, I haven't even checked out this company!)...and is there something about duty costs?  I don't know..   I'm just a bit wary of buying shoes online, but I thank you for your interest and sharing nevertheless.