I wore the flat pair of shoes that I bought last weekend out for a walk today and I'm pleased to report that my feet didn't hurt! I do have one small blister on one foot but that's not bad for that kind of walk. Normally I have a few big blisters when I wear new shoes out walking because I walk fast. Plus my heels are narrow so shoes my shoes slip, almost guaranteeing blisters somewhere.
I had worn the shoes out and about on Sunday so it wasn't like this was the first time I'd given them a try. This was just the first time that I wore them for a while under more normal conditions.
Today's walk was also worth noting because I chose to go out without my cane. Yes, I went for a walk without my cane. Before you yell at me for not taking care of myself, my back and hips haven't been hurting lately and I thought that going for one walk without it would be ok. I won't be able to wear high heels again because I'm too scared that I'll hurt my back, but I think it is possible that I could walk without my cane some of the time.
I'll see how I feel tomorrow and over the next few days. If my back and hips don't hurt, then I'll try going for another walk without the cane. If they start hurting, then I'll know that I made a mistake. Or that the walk was too long :)
On another subject - when I finish each dress, I'll make sure there are photos :) I was looking at the one I wanted to do first and I noticed that it calls for all the non-faced seams to be French seams and it has instructions for finishing the zipper seam edges with a Hong Kong binding seam finish (see this Threads article for more instructions on these finishes - and now I think I want a bird and clamp tool). Normally I'd just sew and then serge the seams to prevent raveling, but you have to admit that enclosing every raw edge makes the inside as attractive as the outside of the garment, especially when dealing with lightweight fabrics. I expect that I'll be serging the first dress, like normal, but I might just finish subsequent versions properly. We'll see.