We all know that fashion possesses an enormous power to make us feel, act, and behave as she pleases. Put on a pair or pumps, or stilettos and all of a sudden your shoulders are no longer touching the ground. You stand up straight, your head held high and ready to strut. They key of course is to find comfortable heels. you need to be able to prolong this sense of confidence and actually WALK, rather than sit in a corner and look pretty. And let’s be honest, how pretty do you look when you’re twitching in agonizing pain, trying to hide the blood on your toes???
I want to share my three absolute favorite pairs which have allowed me to survive hours and hours on my feet! The good news? They are all super affordable and comfortable. The bad news? 2 out of the 3 I’m going to mention were boutique purchases and I cannot find them again. Sorry guys! So why am I sharing if I can’t tell you where to pick up a pair? Perhaps some of you have come across these shoes and can point ME in the right direction. But another reason is I want to share some style inspiration and a few of the lessons I learned on picking a comfy shoe from owning the following:
I went to a shoe sale, and I bought… nothing! So why am I writing about this? Because the skill of holding back and stepping away from a sale took years to acquire.
I used to buy shoes for the mere enjoyment of witnessing my shoe collection expand. The more shoes the better, right? Unless you’re putting on a shoe exhibition wrong. I never wore all of the shoes that I owned. Some I kept even after they’ve served their time, others were impractical and I never actually got real use out of them (wearing them to dinner once and complaining the whole time doesn’t count).
As I get older I start to appreciate the utility of a shoes, instead of just hoarding them. Yes the shoe has to be hot but I have to either be able to wear it to work (and survive), or wear it out and not be the girl whose feet hurt. What’s the point of having shoes you don’t wear? I would rather have less shoes, and buy new ones as needed, instead of having a giant collection consisting of shoes I don’t wear, or don’t wear anymore. So as always, efficiency is key. If you wear it keep it. If you need it, buy it. Otherwise stay away.
I don’t think I’m the only one who enjoys a good sale. But the key to buying anything on sale is to buy items you love enough to pay full price for. There’s no point in buying crap you don’t love, doesn’t fit well, or doesn’t make you feel good about yourself just because it’s on sale. Believe me, based on years of experience it will not become more comfortable, your toes will always be squished in those shoes, and just because you fit into it doesn’t mean it fits you.
I love this black and white dress from Smart Set! I got it on sale (obviously) – click on the pictures to check it out on their site. I love how versatile it is! The length is appropriate enough to wear to work but its form fitting that it can be dressed up. I chose to wear it with flats for a chic yet casual look, and I plan on wearing it with a big sweater and booties going into the fall. There are so many more variations of different outfits to be made. I’ll definitely get some good use out of this dress.
Let me know what you think, and share your versatile dresses with me in the comments below!
I think everyone should know about this shoe! The Nine West Rocha.
This is the best $100 you’ll spend. I have plenty of shoes which are adorable at first but you can’t actually get any use out of them because your feet kill after a few hours (if that). I got the burgundy ones a couple of years ago, at the time because they were on sale, and have pretty much lived in them since. This is an excellent work shoe because it’s stylish, gives you enough height to work really well with pencil skirts due to the small platform and 3.5″ heel, and most importantly comfortable. I love the shape of the toe too – it’s not too pointy, which I find too sexy for the office, but it’s not too round, which I find boring and old fashioned. It’s just right!
This is the time of year when many shoes go on sale, and I love saving money, but this is one thing I will not compromise on, and $100 for a pair of shoes is great anyway! I just got the black ones, and I have a feeling they will have a good life.