Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Are Your Feet Happy?

The New York Daily News NOW section did a three part series last week on How Not to Look Old in which Charla Krupp revealed her secrets. The first part in the series addressed footwear. According to the article: In the past couple of years, comfy shoes have gotten sexier and sexy shoes have gotten comfier. Good news for Fashiontary.
Back in the day, I used to be one of those girls who could wear a pair of 2 ½ - 3 inch heels for 10 hours a day 7 days a week without a complaint; this routine lasted through my 20’s and early 30’s. But one day, my feet woke up and said "no more high heel wearing for you". I went to several podiatrists to address my discomfort and each and every one said, stop wearing high heels. Easier said than done!
I work in a professional environment and think shoes are a very important part of one's outfit. I am not the kind of girl who wants to sacrifice fashion for comfort.
The article is very relevant for ladies of all different ages. The focus of the article is to find shoes that are chic, sexy and comfortable. I have noted some of those tips I found helpful and some of my own:
1) Carry your "heels" to work. This is good for two reasons, one they don’t get scuffed and two, it gives your feet a break. There seems to be a nice selection of supportive ballet flats and mini [kitten] heels around which are great for a commute. The article suggests switching your shoes three times a day, but Fashiontary recommends twice. Commuting, Office-Evening Out. Commuting shoes can be cute: J-Crew or Tory Burch – whatever your budget allows. You can also add orthodics to a flat shoe for support.
2) The article says to go shoe shopping in the afternoon once your feet are a little swollen, which will give you a clear picture of how the shoes fit and feel.
3) Try not to buy shoes that need to broken in; in some cases the shoes soften and some cases they don’t. If you’re not sure don’t gamble with the heels.
4) The article also suggests to test drive your shoes as much as possible before you decide that you’re keeping them. Walk around your home for a ½ hour and see if they really fit. The worst feeling is when, after deciding you’re keeping a pair of shoes, you wear them to work and realize you can’t ever wear them again.
5) Fashiontary recommends buying heels one size up from your normal size. Why? Because feet swell and if you have bunions, tightness becomes painful and uncomfortable.
Charla also suggested finding a good shoemaker. Fashiontary agrees but some of her suggestions are not realistic. She suggests changing heels in order to update a look of older shoes. But to raise or lower your heel is no easy task. The other recommendations are reasonable, try to have the shoes stretched if needed, add additional padding, add rubber soles to extend the shoes' life.
Last, check out the following shoes which best fuse comfort and fashion into one: Aerosoles, Cole Haan, [Dress Air Shoes made in collaboration with Nike], Easy Spirit, Naturalizer, Stuart Weitzman and Salvatore Ferragamo.

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