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Foot surgery for pop singer Shaw
Sandie Shaw
Sandie Shaw became famous for singing barefoot in the 1960s
Pop star Sandie Shaw has had corrective surgery on her "ugly" feet, which will leave her immobile until October.

The 60-year-old, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1967 with Puppet On A String, is famous for performing barefoot.

Shaw confessed on her website that the situation was "ironic", adding: "I have always wanted beautiful feet."

"My husband says that, when I was being created, the design team did a great job until they got down to my ankles."

The singer, who was born Sandra Ann Goodrich, had her operation on 16 July.

"When I was discharged from hospital I was issued with a pair of huge geisha-style shoes," she said.

The singer was also given "condom-like rubber leg tubes to shower in" and a "self-propelled wheelchair" for getting around the supermarket.

"I looked like the victim of an orthopaedic summer clearance sale," she joked.

Sandie Shaw
Shaw is a practising Buddhist and trained psychotherapist
Bandages were removed from her feet two weeks after the operation, and Shaw said she was not impressed with the "swollen, misshapen, yellow and bruised appendages on the ends of my legs".

"I realised that I could never have a facelift - I would probably reject it," she wrote.

"The nurse encouraged me to bond with my new feet, to massage, moisturise and get familiar with them.

"So I am doing just that, they are getting prettier every day and by October I will have a grand unveiling of the remodelled tootsies."

Discovered by singer Adam Faith, Shaw was one of the most recognisable pop stars of the 1960s.

Her singles included (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me and I'll Stop At Nothing.

She later released a cover version of The Smiths song Hand In Glove, recorded after Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr wrote a series of fan letters to her.

In the 1990s, she retrained as a psychotherapist and released her autobiography The World At My Feet.


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