I served as a missionary in Kazakhstan for a year and a half. This was a beautiful, soul-stretching experience for me that shaped who I am. I spent long days walking the streets of Astana and Almaty in all sort of weather- powerful winds that could knock you down, blinding blizzards, gorgeous sunshine, spring rains and everything in between. I had some pairs of shoes that I thought would provide the support my feet needed for those 18 months. However, about halfway through my time in KZ, I noticed pain in my right foot around my toes. I didn't think much of it and finished my mission in beautiful Kazakhstan. Upon coming home I noticed I still had foot pain, but again I put it aside and continued running, hiking, biking and walking. Last year the pain became crippling and made it difficult to walk and I realized it was time to do something about it. I eventually found out that I have an osteo-chondral defect; the cartilage between bones in my big toe was somehow lost during all that walking. I'm only 23 years old but this is now a permanent part of my life. With hopes of continuing running, hiking, biking and simply walking to where I needed to go I wasn't sure how to deal with this until my mom lent me a pair of some shoes she had. I am infinitely grateful for Kalso shoes because they are they ONLY shoes that I can wear now day in and day out and have my feet still feel good. Thank you!!!
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