The Vine: November 16, 2012
I have a heel spur and plantar fasciitis (damn turning 40!) in my right foot. I am going to a podiatrist and getting medical attention. For a variety of reasons, I can't get a steroid injection, so treatment consists of physical therapy, orthotics, and taking good care of my foot at home (no bare feet, ice, etc.)
My question is about shoes. I work in a business-casual environment, and I'm having trouble finding cute, non-frumpy shoes that I can wear the orthotics in. I favor mary jane-type shoes with a low heel (an inch at the most) — something like these. Totally flat shoes are uncomfortable for me, and higher heels make my foot hurt a lot.
The problem is that the orthotics do lift my foot a bit — my foot sits about 1/4 inch higher off the sole of the shoe than it does without the orthotic. And in a lot of shoes, that's enough to totally throw off the fit of the shoe. The shoe won't stay on my foot or the edge of the foot hits me in the wrong spot. To make things even harder, I have wide feet, so my choices in shoes are usually limited.
I know I can just order a ton of shoes from Zappos and try them, but I was hoping that the Nation might have suggestions for me to help me narrow down my search. Can you or anyone else suggest specific shoes that will work well with an orthotic insert?
I still deserve cute shoes
Okay, this is a tremendous long shot but it will all be worth it if it pans out.
A few months ago, I was up late in Italy and flipping channels. I found an amazing movie on one of the non-Italian channels. It looked like it was from the seventies and the setting and actors were Middle Eastern. The language sounded and looked (in signs and labels, etc.) like Persian or Arabic, but could also have been Turkish or something else. Obviously since I didn't know what the language was, I couldn't understand the actors and was not following the movie precisely, but generally speaking, the plot seemed to be about two feuding crime families. It had the vibe of Danger: Diabolik! and similar seventies Bond rip-offs, with some more comedic touches. There was something very significant about a black-and-white photograph and much of the part that I saw was people struggling over possession of the photograph.
Memorably, several scenes take place in a rooftop rotating restaurant. At one point during a fight, a mysterious older man with a pseudo-military jacket and Captain Nemo facial hair appears behind the bar and throws a switch that makes the restaurant rotate very quickly, complicating the fight. Later, several people from one of the families enter the restaurant having disguised themselves as Charlie Chaplin and Eliza Doolittle, a matador and flamenco dancer, and another male-female pair that was harder to interpret but involved a lot of neon gauze. The six of them do a high-energy dance number during which they steal the photograph.
Other notable features were that one of the main guys had a ring that he wore on his finger that would leave a cut in the shape of a cross when he punched someone in the face, and his counterpart had a ring that would leave a cut in the shape of an Arabic letter; someone falls from a high building and survives by landing in a truckload of limes; and three girls, one with extremely large and heavy braids coming out of the top of her head, spend much of the movie spying through a telescope and then rescued someone by jumping through a window on a motorcycle.
I've done a fair bit of Googling, but I get stuck since I don't know the name of any of the actors, when it was made, where it was filmed or set, or even what language they were speaking. All I know is that it was one of the most entertaining things I ever saw and I need to own it and watch it over and over.
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