My Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: My Search for Stylish Shoes…

So some may be shocked to see the words Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Style in the same title, and some may even think Style and RA cannot coexist. And at one point of time, you would have been correct in believing so. Usually the word “Cute” and the word “Comfortable” are on two different sides of the fashion spectrum, especially when it came to shoes. Which is why when I was first diagnosed with RA, I always chose cute over comfy when choosing what shoes to wear. I found it to be a difficult chose, even when it came to both flats and pumps to find something that was fashionable yet still functional for me.

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But as I’ve gotten older, comfy and fictional has started to over ride cute and fashionable. I’ve stopped forcing myself to wear pumps when I could possibly substitute them with wedges or sneakers. Leggings instead of jeans, and t-shirts instead button ups. But sometimes these super casual outfits weren’t always fitting for where I was going. That’s when I would find myself in somewhat of a predicament, especially when it came to me attending an event where formal wear was required or places like work where it was necessary for me to dress in business or business casual attire. And if your job requires you to do a lot of standing or walking around, that could be HELL on your feet.

So when I was offered my new job, I wanted to make sure that I not only had shoes that were in regulations with the office dress code but were also Cute and Fashionable all awhile still being Comfy and Functional. So one day while out shopping with my mom at the Tanger Outlet Mall, we decided to stop in at Easy Spirit store to kind of see what they had to offer. Now I would be the first to admit that I was VERY skeptical about finding anything that I would be interested in wearing let alone purchasing.

That’s when to my surprise I came across a few pair that I actually really liked. I even ended up leaving the store with a cute pair of loafers for work.

Yesterday was my first time wearing them, and being that my new job consist of me mostly sitting I decided to wear them to run some errands and out to catch a bite to eat with a friend of mine. And I must say I am very pleased with how well they kept my feet from aching and swelling, which our my 2 top concerns when it comes to shoes, even when wearing flats. So I am happy to report that my feet not once ached nor did my left ankle swell up, which makes me one happy girl.

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Now I will mention that one should expect to pay at least between $40-$60 dollars when buying shoes from Easy Spirit, but if you ask me it’s well worth it. Not having to worry about joint pain and swelling is a big deal for me, so I have no problem spending a little extra for Cute and Comfy or Fashionable and Functional!

To be honest I actually kept the shoes on, even once I got home…which is something I never do. But that’s just a testament on how comfortable the shoes were, that I actually forgot that I had them on. I really kept the shoes on until I got ready for bed.

So if you’re like me and suffer from foot pain for whatever reason, and have a hard time finding shoes that are cute and fashionable, as well as comfortable and functional, I highly suggest that you either head over to your nearest Easy Spirit, a retailer that sells their brand or even go to their online site and purchase yourself a pair. I promise you, you won’t regret it.

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If you enjoyed this review, please make sure you like and subscribe to my blog for future similar content that I will be posting right here on my blog. ALSO leave me a comment a below, let me know if you’ve ever been to or even purchased anything from Easy Spirit. And how much are you willing to dish out for Cute and Comfy/Fashionable and Functional.


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Author: Courtney Lynn

Hello, my name is Courtney...but I prefer to go by my first and middle name Courtney Lynn...why...no real reason. Most people call me Courtney. I'm 30'ish and currently reside in Pittsburgh, PA. I have had many blogs, but I started THIS blog as a way to talk about myself and my DAILY routine....which as of lately has consit of me trying to do whatever it is that makes me happy! So yeah, I hope this blog brings some type of entertainment to whoever decides to read it.

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