one day at a time

day 96: toe portrait

toe portrait © Verena Fischer 2011

toe portrait © Verena Fischer 2011

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.

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7 responses

  1. They look like perfectly normal feet to me. 🙂

    November 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm

  2. I know a woman who loves her feet. She even goes to a shop and haves her toenails painted green with dots. I don’t like my feet. They are really dry. I live in the desert so it is hard to keep them soft.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm

  3. I’ll admit to having the proverbial two left feet.

    November 17, 2011 at 7:48 pm

  4. I agree with Debbie…they look like normal feet to me too!

    November 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm

  5. nice feet ! and…I’m afraid …no, I’m sure I’ll never dance Tango!

    November 17, 2011 at 10:46 pm

  6. jantango

    Open-toed, 10 cm-heeled stilettos are the rage in Buenos Aires, especially among the foreign visitors during the warm months. I’ve noticed some very ugly toes on the dance floors. Not every woman can or should wear them. If a woman does, polishing toe nails a bright color (like yours) coordinated with the shoe completes the look.

    Those stiletto heel tips can be dangerous on the dance floor. I’ve managed not to step on anyone’s toes nor even my own in them.

    November 18, 2011 at 3:03 am

  7. I’ve noticed that in North America a lot of women can be very self conscious about their feet or have aversions to feet in general. I don’t share those sentiments so much myself, I am quite comfortable with mine and think they are just as attractive as any other part of me. I sometimes wonder if it’s a societal or cultural thing that so many women don’t think their feet and think they are ugly or dirty – I’m not sure! But I sure like to keep them nice and painted and go bare foot or in sandals as often as I can (which right now is not much because it is in winter.. but around the house I sure do!) but yes this is a nice picture of your feet as well! I usually like to go for the darker coloured polishes too.

    November 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm

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