Within a couple of days of arriving in Singapore my feet were aching. Other new arrivals reported the same, as did another Twitter friend who relocated to the tropics for a year.
I’d even stocked up on the leather thongs*/ sandals I had favoured during summer in Australia. What I didn’t take into account was that, unlike Melbourne with its ever-changing weather, I’d be wearing summer shoes every day. Whilst my cheapish flip-flops were fine at home (because I wasn’t wearing the all day, every day) they were doing me no favours here. I’m sure my foot problems were exacerbated by constant walking on concrete footpaths and not being used to hard floors inside. In Melbourne a fair chunk of our house was carpeted which acts as a lovely pillow for tired and sore feet.
So, my very first Orchard Road purchase was a new pair of sandals complete with arch support. And I’m not too proud to admit they are Hush Puppies. I love them, which makes me sound like a Nanna. And I’m OK with that!
* In Australia, thongs are things we wear on our feet. They are called flip-flops and jandals in other parts of the world. The things that are called thongs elsewhere are called “G-strings” in Australia, I believe this is because they make you thing “Gee, these things are uncomfortable!”