Some may view this post as a chance for me to go ‘oooh everyone, look at my new shoes!’… and they may be right.
However my shoe excitement is on such a level that I’d be mean not to share. Especially when this excitement isn’t about aesthetics but COMFORT. I have officially found the most comfortable and easy to walk in pair of heels ever. Not bad for a creeper-stiletto hybrid.
Both in real life and in blog comments people express disbelief that I can skip around quite happily in huge chunky heels without pain or walking trouble. The secret is that itâ€™s incredibly easy, but becoming at one with heels also has its downsides. While you longer gasp in awe at women who stride around in vertiginous stilettos every day, you also have to deal with a newfound feeling of inadequacy on those days when you are prevented for reaching for that footwear boost.
Still, for those who want to, the most important tool in completely normalising heels within your wardrobe is to find just one fluke pair that are comfortable, wearable and CRUCIALLY, easy to walk in. Wear these everyday for a while and it honestly will become second nature. And after thatâ€¦ slowly but surely…. a whole new world of wonderful footwear awaits!
But how to find that oh so elusive comfy shoeâ€¦. My new pair illustrate the fact that appearances can be deceptive – who knew that wearing them would feel akin to walking on clouds?
The best rule really is to try on anything and everything, but certain things to look for are:
Lace-up: Laces or very thick straps hold your shoes on your feet. Thereâ€™s nothing more disorientating that a shoe which keeps sliding around and threatening to fall off.
Platform: Your comfort is inversely proportional to how arched your foot is forced to be. A huge platform makes even the highest heel seem manageable. And I do mean the highest.
Chunky: While there are exceptions, a chunky heel is still the king of comfort. Despite appearances, wedges are usually a nightmare to walk in. The difficulties caused by spindly stilettos seem barely worth a mention.
Not strappy: Every strap has the potential to dig in and run away at your skin. Ouch ouch ouch. No good for everyday wear.
Investment: If youâ€™re new to the whole heel thing you definitely shouldnâ€™t go out and blow Â£350 on a pair, but neither should go grab any piece of from Primark or F21. Though itâ€™s not as much as the designers may have you believe, there is some correlation between price and comfort. You need a shoe thatâ€™s going to convert you, not put you off for life, and that means spending more that Â£10.