day 96: toe portrait
Most people in Western cultures find there feet odd-looking without their shoes. It probably has to do with them being always out of sight, either in socks or in shoes. I also thought that I had particularly weird-looking feet, but only until I started to dance tango. Since then I have seen so many different feet of women that I had to change my mind about my own feet. Mine are not particularly weird-looking, especially not in comparison to some of the feet I’ve seen at tango.
The only bad thing I have to say about my feet is that they took quite a beating over the last few years. I hardly ever wear high heels in real life, so dancing on 10 cm heels is a bit of a crazy thing to do. It’s definitely not good for the feet either. Additionally my feet have been stepped on so many times that I even have scars from it – you can imagine what happens when a thin heel of another woman lands on your foot full force. If you’re lucky she doesn’t step right on it, but only scratches your skin a bit. Most of these encounters are close calls like that, but sometimes they hit you right on with full force. It hurts like hell! At the beginning of my journey into tango something like that would have stopped me from dancing for 2 weeks. Nowadays I know that she didn’t break any bones and that my foot will be just as new in a couple of weeks, why stop dancing? The same thing happens with blisters. You just put adhesive plaster (band-aid) on it and dance another couple of hours. The pain only hits you the next day when you wake up.