Two women sat next to me at a cafe while having a conversation about wanting to start exercising to stay in shape, and I couldn’t resist eavesdropping. Creating new habits can be very tough. Do I have time for it? Can I afford fitness classes? Will I be bored? I heard all kinds of concerns. As I listened to their conversation, I thought of some solutions.
Beauty is pain, and that's only mostly true. The high heels, push-ups, waxes and lasers plus numerous hours and dollars invested into dolling up are hassles, but the cost of looking and feeling beautiful and confident is priceless. On the lower end of every modern girl's list of strenuous tasks, is undeniably pedicure therapy - not only a makeover for your feet, but an immersive experience in the realm of relaxation, a getaway from the world, and a safe haven to enjoy a glass (or two) of wine with a gossip magazine (or nowadays whatever feed on the multiple social platforms on mobile devices). And truth be told, there just isn't anything quite like the liberating feeling of collapsing on a plush sofa and dipping your tired feet into a warm footpath of crystal salts and lavender oil.
Many of us take the ability to walk pain-free for granted. Hundreds of millions of people around the world today don’t have that luxury. They are often forced to use makeshift solutions to stay on their feet and maintain their “normal life”. The following are some of our customers' personal stories that we've been told throughout the past couple of months.
If you’ve lived in Hong Kong for over a year, you know how sweaty the summer gets. It’s that season when many of us trade our hot closed shoes and slide into sandals and flip-flops. When talking to Pauline, it quickly became apparent that not everyone is in the position to make this refreshing transition. Whenever she decides to slide into flip-flops, she’s forced to bring a “back-up” pair of sneakers. Her comfort flip-flops are only built for people with mild foot ailments. While they do allow her to walk in the first place, they don’t address her personal (and more advanced) problems. That’s why she is bound to alternating between her sneakers with insoles every 10-20 minutes. On the bright side, she can switch shoe styles every mile, but you wouldn’t want to walk in her shoes. You can begin to imagine that many people like Pauline have given up on summer footwear altogether.