19.5.10

Sad feet

I am having shoe problems.

I've finally come to terms with the fact that, as a person who does a great deal of walking and has no arches to speak of, I need to let go of the dream of floating around in killer heels. This has been reinforced all week with blisters forming inside existing blisters. I know, it's an unpleasant image, and it's probably more information than you need, but there it is. I must mourn my previous life with fashionable footwear.

Or must I? Brogues are still everywhere, as are Chucks and flat gladiator sandals, and low wedges, and loafers, and I've just come across this entry on the 'return of clumpy shoes' in The Thoughtful Dresser. Perhaps I don't have to view this as consignment to unpleasantly orthopaedic looking hideousness. So I've been scanning the internet for some possibilities, and here's what I've come up with:

Toms

For that extra feelgood factor with my comfortable shoes, I could get a pair of Toms - every purchase means a donation to charity. Isn't that nice? They're super comfortable and perfect for summer. They're available at Shuh.French Sole

They're a bit pricey, but totally worth it. They feature the most comprehensive sizing chart I've ever seen online, and I rarely end up with ill fitting shoes. French Sole offers a bewildering array of colours and leathers as well, so you'll find something that works with just about every outfit.
Motorcycle boots

Everybody is doing a motorcycle boot. I will continue to fanatically love my Ash motorcycle books until they fall off my feet in tatters.

Sandals

I am getting annoyed with the jelly shoe's seeming infinite staying power. However, despite myself, I do quite like these jelly sandals by Givenchy, despite the fact that they have something of a 'special shoes' quality about them.I'm also loving these rocking horse wedges from Vivenne Westwood, which I have somehow convinced myself would be super comfortable.
Brogues

F Troupe has some particularly cool ones - like this collaboration with Browns:Or these mesh ones at ASOS:Sandalwood

I always forget about one of Glasgow's best shoe stores, Sandalwood, simply because it's in the West End. A trip down there last week reminded me that, at the end of the day, the only way to ensure shoes will suit me is to try them on in person. As much as I love online shopping, there is no substitute for sitting in a store, selection of styles fanned out around me, trying them all and comparing the way they feel. I walked away with a pair of shoes that cost more than I would have spent online, but with the time and effort I spent on picking them out, I know that I'll get my money's worth, and my blisters will heal.

2 comments :

  1. The french sole is nice. i also like several of the other options. The horse wedges are unusual and the pair above them look good too. You have lots of options for comfortable shoes that don't give your feet blisters.

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