Today I have shoes on my mind. And, yes, in the grand scheme of things, this is really not an important topic. (As I said in my very first posting, there are many, many more important things in life than fashion.) HOWEVER, they are something we must deal with in a shoe-wearing society. And right now I feel frustrated.
I have been desperately looking for some attractive spring/summer shoes, and all I can find, no matter where I look, are 4-6 inch wedges and stilletos. One would think that somewhere in the shoe universe, someone would have thought to take one of those cute new styles and attach a 2-3 inch wedge or heel. After all, who is wearing those shoes? If you’ve been anywhere near a popular bar or club on the weekend and the hour is late, you’ll be sure to see 20-somethings teetering on the brink of collapse as they emerge from these dark, noisy establishments. Believe me, it’s not a pretty sight. Most women, no matter the age, realize that these shoes are dangerous and really damaging to your back, ankles and feet. And they are so very uncomfortable. I tried on a pair of 4-inch heels, just to see how it felt and I had all I could do to keep myself from falling on my face.
In my effort to jazz up a spring dress, I was looking at some Ivanka Trump shoes, a pair of fuschia-colored pumps that were labeled as a “mid-heel” shoe. The heel was 3 1/2 inches! That’s mid-heel? Another Trump wedge had a 1 1/4″ platform and a 4 1/4″ platform. That’s a whopping 5 1/2″ inches off the ground!
Yes, there are plenty of flats to be seen, but sometimes a little lift is what you need. Don’t shoe designers get that?
The one shoe I swear by for summer is a great sandal made by NAOT. It’s called Kayla. It’s got a cork sole which molds to your foot thereby creating a natural orthotic. They are the most comfortable sandals around. Unfortunately, they aren’t cheap, but they last for several years and they baby your feet all summer long. I buy them in two colors and practically live in them. They aren’t for dressy occasions, so my search and frustration will continue as I search for an acceptable wedge or heel. But for most days of the summer, they suit me just fine. Check them out. They come in about a dozen colors so you have lots of options.
If any of you have had better luck with shoes this spring, please share with the rest of us. The acceptable pickings are slim, so we have to rely on one another for guidance.