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Christopher Bell

Hi Sara.
You mentioning Mary-Jane shoes with chunky, traction-tread soles for wet, icy weather must have stuck in my brain - look what I just found on e-Bay for you (hope they're your size)!

Check out the traction on those babies - I'll bet they'd really grip the ice!


Hey, cool, Chris. No, they're not my size, but I'm sure they're somebody's, so thanks for sharing. They are just that flavor of cute that I was talking about, but also they look really practical, especially for someone only just relearning to walk. They're not necessarily great for sheer ice, not without metal studs, but lug soles and the like do provide a very stable platform from which to launch a number of types of adventures! Also, though the soles can be thick, making the heel look high, as long as the difference between the sole thickness at its thinnest and the heel thickness at its thickest is no more than 1/2", shoes like this can be perfectly suitable for prosthetic feet, which are not flat because they use a metal shank to create spring and there has to be flexion in every step for that to happen. That flexion occurs when the wearer places weight on the suspended heel, and then the spring happens when the wearer steps off.

Thanks for thinking of us amputee chicks. Hope they sell to someone and make some feet happy. :)

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