The question today is: how to find, and wear, comfortable walking shoes that don’t make you feel
a)like an old lady
b) as if you’ve just come from the podiatrist
c) so out of style you might as well go on home
Is this you?
I am of an age where we wore cute, narrow, good looking, expensive shoes no matter what. Oh, my poor feet. I lived in New York for years and those were the years that sneakers (yikes!) were only for weekends and bike riding. I bought the gorgeous narrow Italian shoes (albeit low heeled..) that eventually would ruin my feet. But oh, they looked gooooood!
Fast forward many, many years both in my life and the fashion cycle. Now, everyone…I mean
wears some sort of soft soled, stretchable, slip-on/sneaker/trainer with even the “best” outfit. They are what we do these days. Well, it has taken me quite a while to feel I can wear these and still feel dressed. Do I long for my cute, slim ballet flats? Yes indeed. But can I wear them for any amount of walking or standing? No. So I have opted for slip-ons instead of tie-ups. They just feel a little bit better for me and now, there are so many options.
Here is the latest I just ordered and will be arriving any day:
Let’s take a look at some other great options. I have scoured, and I mean SCOURED, all sorts of on-line sources. And, not surprisingly, many of these were targeted advertising appearing in my Instagram or Facebook feed. When they say “targeted” they mean it.
I was introduced to this brand, OOfos, just yesterday. They showed me a new flip flop (see further below) and then I saw this one: it looks very comfy with all the newest technology to reduce stress on the foot and arch.
And….here is the flip flop. Well, let me tell you: this is one VERY comfortable sandal. Because of my myriad recent foot problems (six weeks in a tall boot, intensive PT, splint every night for who knows how long, and almost constant low pain) I thought I would not be able to wear this kind of open sandal. Well, this is fabulous. Supportive and soft/gel in all the right places.
Let’s not forget the hours spent in the garden. But in the garden is really a misnomer: think of all the walking you do on bricks, driveways, roadways, stone paths, garage. I have been wearing Crocs for years but noticed last summer that they were not doing anything good for my foot problems.
Enter these clogs:
Let me know what you think. Are you comfortable wearing these kind of shoes or do you long for a slimmer look? Do you have any brands to recommend to all of us?