You probably could have guessed that I have a deep fondness for shoes, especially after posting about feel good shoes in the past. Today I’m sharing some thoughts on shoes—buying them, wearing them, and more.
On knowing your foot type. I have strange feet—wide for a woman, though between B and W, with high arches. (Unfortunately, this makes flats pretty uncomfortable for me. I still wear them—which is probably stupid of me—because heels can be cumbersome and slow. I also don’t have the endurance to go more than a half mile in them usually.) But it’s important to figure out what’s comfortable for you, and find the right fit. Thankfully, with the Internet, you can find reviews for just about everything under the sun.
On picking the right soles. You’ll get maximum use, breathability, and comfort out of genuine leather than you will out of faux leather or other types of materials. You’ll also find yourself with fewer blisters and calluses. About two years ago, I committed to buying only shoes with genuine leather soles. It means you might spend a little more—like $155 for Ann Taylor perfect pumps instead of $80 for ALDO pumps—but you’ll notice a difference in how your feet feel.
On finding shoes you like. Maybe you’re into wedges, which are more supportive. Or maybe you like sky-high stilettos with a platform. You might like feeling the ground firmly below your feet with flats. Trying shoes on, buying selectively, and wearing them with confidence are all part of finding shoes you really like. And once you do find that pair, buy two pairs because these will probably be the shoes you wear the most.
On wearing heels. Even if you have a self-professed hatred of heels, you will find that every now and again you will have to wear them, so start looking for a pair that works for you. Start with lower heel heights and kitten heels. (Personally I found that for me, 3.5″ heels are my max; I get that perfect mix of height, balance, and comfort. Anything higher and I think my center of gravity goes out of control. My favorite pairs of heels: Ann Taylor perfect leather pumps and kate spade Karolina pumps.) Check out veteran heel-wearer Tiffany’s tips on walking in high heels for getting started.
I stumbled upon a book at the library called Women from the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us, which is great so far. If you decide to pick it up, let me know what you think!
So tell me: what kind of shoes do you wear? Do you like heels, or do you find them uncomfortable? Feel free to ask questions or show me what you wear in the comments!