Shoes so fabulous, they stop traffic

February 27, 2012

Did you happen to notice all the fabulous designer shoes parading up and down the red carpet during the award shows this season? Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Salvatore Ferragamo, Brian Atwood, Alexander McQueen, and Valentino were all well represented. I don’t think I spotted even one heel that was less than 5 inches of spikey stilettoness. Many were even higher.

There’s a reason why all those female actors look like they’re struggling to muster up a smile for the cameras. Their feet hurt.

Poor JLo. How her feet must hurt in those fabulous Jimmy Choo heels. (photo from shoerazzi.com)

High heels make your legs look longer. That’s a fashion fact.

But that doesn’t make those heels any more comfortable to wear.

I should probably be wearing 8-inch heels everywhere I go, but I’m not sure even the highest of heels could fool anyone into thinking my legs are long. It doesn’t really matter, though, since I hate wearing them.

They force my wide, flipper-like feet into points and provide no arch support. Plus, I’m not now, nor have I ever been, a ballerina. Walking around, dancing, and standing is not something I’m comfortable doing on my toes.

ouch!

Sigh.

I’ve reached the point in life where I put comfort before fashion. But I do like a little style with my comfort.

I’d heard from several friends about Dansko shoes and how wonderfully comfortable and funky-looking they are, so I headed down to the mall to try on some pairs. Apparently these shoes are favored by doctors and nurses because they can be worn comfortably for hours.

Dansko uses European sizing, making my size 8 feet a 39 eu. As I slipped on my first pair, the salesperson at The Walking Company told me that the shoes were not intended to “hug” the back of your heel the way most shoes do. They should feel almost as if you are wearing open-back clogs.

And they did.

I tried on numerous pairs in several different styles and colors—purple, leopard print, brown with floral embroidery, everyday black and, finally, a red marbled patent leather pair.

They had me at red marble.

I didn’t feel like I was wearing slippers, but the shoes were remarkably comfortable and I didn’t feel as if I would have to gently ease into wearing them. They didn’t rub against my heels or my toes and the shoes were wide enough that even my flippers felt at ease.

NOTE: These shoes are not inexpensive. The average price is about $135 a pair.

Within days of getting the shoes, I wore them on a long weekend vacation to Nashville. They were the only pair of shoes I took with me.

In for a penny, in for a pound.

I walked all over Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Jack Daniels Distillery in these shoes without discomfort. The arch support is fantastic. By the end of the trip, the shoes had rubbed just a bit against the top of one of my toes on each foot, but did not cause a blister.

The Grand Ole Opry is big. We took a backstage tour that required lots of walking.

What is most surprising about the shoes was the number of compliments I received about them. Everyone loves these shoes! A woman driving through the parking lot at a grocery store even stopped and held up traffic to ask me about them.

“I hope you don’t think I’m weird, but I just had to stop. I just LOVE your shoes! Where did you get them?”

High heels may be sexy and make your legs look longer, but real women want some stylish comfy shoes, too.

What do you think? Can a fashionista’s closet boast a few pairs of comfortable shoes?

Chickaliciousness: 5 for comfort and traffic-stopping style

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