Flat Feet and Chub Rub



I want to talk to you guys today about something other than hair. For those of you that are new to this blog, I live in Indianapolis. We don’t have a really good method of public transportation, so more than likely, you have a car. Yes, we have a bus system, but as an example, they don’t stop anywhere near me. I live within city limits. I don’t think it runs 24 hours a day. It’s not great.

I am currently on vacation in a city that does have great public transportation. You do a lot of walking as well. Because I usually drive everywhere at home, there are certain things I do not think about. Yes, I have heard of chub rub before; I have never experienced it. I wear dresses and skirts all summer long, and have never had an issue with it. Yesterday for the first time in my life I experienced it. DEAR. MOTHER. OF. GOD. by the time we got back to our hotel, I was walking like a bowlegged penguin. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A BOWLEGGED PENGUIN!? It isn’t pretty. We got to our room and I ran to the bed, laid on the bed, lifted up my pretty dress and HOWLED. The hubs looked and gasped “You are so swollen on your thighs!” We looked at each other and said at the same time “Chub Rub” The swelling has since gone down, and I actually wore shorts today, so I am pretty much back to 100%. However, I think I will be wearing shorts the rest of my trip.

Another thing I want to talk about is shoes. I wear a size 10 shoe. I have an incredibly wide foot. I don’t know the exact width, as my foot has not been measured since I was a kid. My feet are also flat. So you have a plus size girl with a flat and wide foot. I cannot find a comfortable and stylish walking shoe. It’s not fair. I shouldn’t have to sacrifice style or comfort for a walking shoe. Don’t believe me? Go to Zappos.com. look for sandals, in a size 10, with a width bigger than just W.  A lot of that stuff looks like something my grandmas would wear. Plus there is no telling if they are comfortable. When I get a chance, I am going on a severe hunt for a comfortable, stylish walking shoe, that comes in wide widths. If you have any suggestions or thoughts, do not hesitate to leave a comment or even email me. I shouldn’t have to wear sneakers with my cute dresses just because I am big foot. It is amusing. Big and tall guys do not have as many choices as us girls do when it comes to clothes. A lot of times they have to buy at the “Lane Bryant” of clothing stores, which means they are spending an arm and a leg. However, they can get all different styles of shoes in different widths.  Plus size women have more and more choices. They grow with every single day. However, I can’t find the same shoes that are cute, and comfy to walk in to save my life. Everything scrapes the side of my foot (by my big toe) or they just hurt.

Do you have problems with shoes? What is your favorite brand of shoe to combat this? What about chub rub? How do you combat it?

  • I totally wear bike shorts (or the Spanx shorts) under my skirts and dresses because I am quite familiar with the chub rub. There is some sort of runner’s stuff you can buy at the sporting goods store that looks like a stick of deodorant and helps with chafing. I don’t use it, but I’ve seen it and I’m assuming it works because there are several different brands. As far as the shoes go, I can relate. My husband tells me I have “Fred Flintstone” feet. Try looking here: http://www.designershoes.com/ and here: http://www.onestopplus.com/plus-size-Shop-by-Department.aspx?DeptId=11679&affiliate_id=020&affiliate_location_id=02&WT.srch=1&mid=37978119. I’ve always found cute stuff there!

  • Anytime I do any walking like that again, I am going to have to get that deoterant stick thing that runners use. This was the most painful feeling I had ever had in my life! Thank you for the shoe link! I will check it out now.

  • I could totally relate to this!!! I was recently in New York city to celebrate the 4th and the chub rub reared its ugly head! No one wants to walk around the hot city wearing jeans all the time or leggings. So I decided to wear a nice sun dress! My thighs were crying for help 🙁 We walked about 12-13 blocks to a comedy club and I felt burning sensations. Luckily, I had my water spray bottle filled with olive oil and water in my purse. So I went to the bathroom and spritz some on my thighs and surprisingly it worked! However next time I may invest in some Spanx to combat it in advance and long term.
    Bye ladies!