My Summer Pain – and why I wouldn’t change it

It’s nearly summer. Hooray! If there’s anything I love more than the sun making an appearance, it’s being able to throw off the socks. Boots be gone, summer’s here and I’m cracking out the sandals. Mules, flip flops, reef sandals, I love em all. I love painting my toenails and feeling the air under my soles. Yes, summer truly is my favourite footwear season.

Only, it’s not an easy season. Every summer, since I’ve been able to afford them, I’ve worn Birkenstock single strap ‘Madrid’ mules. I love them. I love the look, I love that they go with anything, I love that you can just slip them on. I’ve owned several pairs over the years. My first were a rather natty silver, but since then every pair I’ve had has been white. Every year I think of moving onto a different colour and every year I can’t help but go back to the simplicity of the fresh looking, summery white.


And yet every year, without fail, regardless of whether I’m wearing last year’s sandals or a box fresh pair, they give me blisters. Every summer, my poor big toes are shredded and the bridge of my foot has a 3 inch rub line. It’s to do in part with the fact that I pronate (roll in) when I walk. I know that. But it doesn’t stop me. I love them. So I just have to push on through.

The summer starts in pain. Blisters and friction burns and spending more on plasters than the shoes! But eventually the skin toughens up. The blisters heal and I suddenly realise I can wear them without half a roll of micropore tape strapped to my feet and finally summer is truly under way.

Until Autumn comes, the weather changes, and the socks go back on, undoing all that hard work. And next summer I know I’ll have to start all over again. Because despite the pain and the blisters and the fuss and the mess, I’m never going to give up my beloved sandals.

Perhaps I should just buy shares in Elastoplast next summer?

I'm already wearing my Birkenstocks this year!

I’m already wearing my Birkenstocks this year!


  1. They do look so good though! hehehe
    Fingers crossed for no more blisters x

  2. I know it doesn’t help for this year but in the weeks leading up to sandal season try rubbing surgical spirit over the areas that blister. It should harden the skin a little.

  3. I wish I could find pair of sandals that didnt give me blisters. #picknmix

  4. elegant and simple style – lovely! Why don’t you start wearing them about March indoors so that all the booster rubbish has finished by the time the sun comes out?! #PicknMix

    • mrssavageangel says:

      Hahah good idea! I did that with my wedding shoes. Wore them round the office and at home for months before!

  5. They do look cool, but I am not as brave as you! I go for the suped up flip flop… They irritate between my toes for the first too days, it’s like firey ants running about in the gap!!! And then it all calms down…

    But I agree. Birkenstocks do look awesome. I just can’t bring myself to pay for the blisters! Surgical spirit is a great shout 😊

    • mrssavageangel says:

      Hahaha ‘fire ants between my toes’! I know that feeling! It’s the reason I veer away from rubber flip flops myself, although I did buy some Havanianas in an emergency last year and will be giving them another go this summer. Wish me luck!

  6. Oh I love them on you ha! Worth the pain?! 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix

    Stevie x

  7. Oh I have a pair of those too and the tow thong ones, I’ve never had blisters from them though! But toe thongs can be uncomfy when you first start to wear them again. It’s like your toes have to toughen up for summer.

    • mrssavageangel says:

      You’re so lucky, you must have magic feet! I wish I did! What are we like? Tbh, I wish I lived somewhere I could wear them all year round. That would make me happy!

  8. ouch! I’m sure feet go into shock at being released from winter boots for so long into the freedom of sandals! hopefully now blisters for your this year xx #twinklytuesday

    • mrssavageangel says:

      Right? Unfortunately I’ve already got them! Silly me thought I could walk to preschool without it hurting!

  9. this used to be me, this year I relented and bought sketchers slip ons, no blisters but an empty purse! #Twinklytuesday

    • mrssavageangel says:

      I don’t know how many summers I’m going to be able to put up with it to be honest – but I just love the look of them so much 🙁 I always found sketchers to be a little narrow for my stupid wide feet in the past, but maybe I should revisit! Thanks Fiona

  10. I wear Birkenstocks for a long as decently possible too! But they don’t give me blisters… #picknmix

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