There was a time that I wore a size 7.5 shoe. A perfectly average size which meant that finding shoes on the clearance rack was unlikely. But then, my shoes began to slip on my heels and I realized that I needed a size 7. Then a 6.5. Then a size 6. No longer perfectly average, but certainly better odds when it came to the clearance rack.
It turns out that having a tethered spinal cord damaged not only my lower back, but a majority of my leg muscles. For months, I went from doctor to doctor, explaining that I felt as though I had severe shin splints. All. Of. The. Time.
I would later learn that my leg muscles were in constant spasm, affecting me from hip to toes. And most notably, in the arch of my foot which was getting increasingly higher as time went on.
When my surgery failed to help my pain, I turned to a podiatrist. After all, I had met my out of pocket max for the year, meaning that my orthotics would be free. When they were ordered, I was elated. Finally, hope for my aching feet. And legs. And back. But then I saw the shoe catalog.
It was winter at the time so I started with a pair ankle boots. But after wearing them daily for three months, Spring came and with it, new sneakers.
For my first pair of Vionic sneaks, I went with the Fyn Active in black. While I love the little pop of pink in the toe and sole of the shoe, I thought I'd upgrade them by replacing the pink ombre laces with a set of Hickies no-tie shoelaces.
It's the end of May and these shoes have already helped me to cover mile after mile, by foot and by bike, to hike the familiar desert and to see new cities, all without leg and back pain.
(I'm kind of obsessed.)
This year, I am partnering with Schwinn Bikes as a #SchwinnAmbassador to share my wellness journey. Catch all of the updates here, on Instagram (with the hashtag #fromwherejenrides) and on the Schwinn Red blog.
Fyn Active Sneakers were provided to me by Vionic in exchange for writing this review, but all views are my own. You have my promise to never share a product with you that I do not personally use and love.