I, like many Geezers, am starting to wear out. The once simple tasks of putting on my socks and shoes on in the morning has become a real challenge. Knee replacements mean my knees don’t bend as well as they once did and back problems make reaching down difficult. But I have found some devices that lessen the struggle.
I recently acquired a tool that greatly aids in the task of getting my socks on. What I have is called a SockAid and it consists of a plastic tube (open on the top) with rope pulls attached. You simply pull your sock over the tube to create a tunnel of sorts. Then you insert your foot into the tunnel and pull it onto you foot by tugging on the rope handles. The sock rises up with the tube and, gee whiz, your sock is on. Just as simple as it sounds. Less than $10.
Next, putting on shoes which, depending on the shoe, can also be very difficult.
This tool simply lets your foot slide into the shoe and then solves the problem of getting your heel in over the back of the shoe. This is basically a shoe horn that stays in place until the shoe is on. The one I have is called Lazy Shoe Helper which is just a plastic gizmo that slips on the rear of the shoe and directs your foot into the shoe–gee whiz again. Less then $10.
A new type of shoe is made by Kizik. The design that makes this shoe unique allows it to be put on without using your hands—advertised as hands-free. The shoe has a specially designed back that pops up behind your heel as your foot sets itself in the shoe (I had a bit of trouble getting the back to pop up before I realized I had to be sure my foot was headed straight in). The shoe has built in laces that do not have to be tied and keep the shoe from looking like a slipper.
These shoes come in a choice of both men’s and women’s and in several styles from slip-ons, to athletic styles, to dress shoes. They are made of real leather or stretch-knit. I liked that they came in a wide size. They seem true to size.
They provide free shipping and even pay shipping if you have to return them. Prices are basically $50 to $100.
Best of all, I feel these are comfortable, well-made, and well-crafted shoes. I like them.
More and more, I have come to the conclusion that rather than throw a tantrum, I need to find a new way to do things. I have learned that canniption fits seldom result in my socks and shoes suddenly appearing on my feet.
Next up: Grabbers