When I was nine months old I was diagnosed with elongated tendons in my legs causing me to walk on the inside of my feet. I was placed in leg braces which I wore 24/7 for the next three years of my life. Which explains my fascination with shoes and my need to buy them. This was 1956-1959-stainless steel was not like it is today. If you are old enough to remember what the chrome on a 1956 Chevy or Ford weighed and felt like, you can imagine how heavy these braces were. Each leg brace was connected by a bar which ran from one ankle to the other, thus preventing me from walking on my own.