It’s only January 8th, but I’ve already slipped up.
Instead of buying one pair of comfortable shoes, I have now acquired two pairs. Is the fact that Pair #1 is actually a boot enough to exonerate me?
My dilemma: I travelled to Dallas for a work conference and stayed additional days to meet with colleagues. My feet hurt today, and the hotel offers a free shuttle. The closest entertainment is The Galleria, and The Walking Company was having a sale on these Umberto Raffini Ruby flats. Though they have a bit of bling and looked like they would make my feet look gargantuan, I took my friend’s advice and tried them on. Surprise – they don’t make my feet look any larger than usual, are comfy, and if I get tired of the rhinestones I can have my local cobbler remove them as they are actually buckles attached with a bit of sewn tubing rather than glued onto, or sewn into, the shoe.
It’s a beautiful day here in Northern California, and the pup and I headed out for a nice walk in the chilly morning air to kick off the new year on the right foot.
Speaking of feet: a 2013 resolution is to acquire a pair of comfortable shoes each month. The objective is to replace the nasties in my closet with tootsies-friendly wear so that I can avoid further damaging my sensitive peds.
After much indecision, I ordered these Jambu Riviera boots, in Charcoal Suede/Vintage Leather. I think they are awfully cute, reviews on Zappos were positive, they were on sale, and as my wardrobe neutrals are primarily greys and browns, the color will fit nicely into my scheme. I expect them to arrive on Thursday, which is perfect to brighten my mood as I have to travel to the dreadfully dull city of Dallas on business next weekend.
The Taryn Rose shoes from September have not exactly met my needs.
They are really cute, but unfortunately, not comfortable. I expected this shoe, which is designed by an orthopedic surgeon and retails for $219, to be outfitted with all sorts of wonderful comfort features. Alas, every so wrong! They offer zero arch support, and have a flexible inset which wreaks havoc on my toes; the last time I wore them without a supporting insert, I was hobbling by early afternoon. I added an insert, which helps and will salvage them long enough for me to locate a suitable replacement flat.
So sad, as they are awfully cute. And I’m off this brand too. I don’t like being negative about a brand because I have such admiration for someone who has both energy and courage to launch into the fashion world, and with such a variety of figures and such I realize that fit can be really iffy. But really in this case I’m irritated; someone who is an orthopedic surgeon simply ought to know better than to have a shoe built that offers no cushioning, no support, and an overly flexible thin sole.
I’m still looking for comfortable flats suitable for work. Any suggestions would be most welcome!
In the meantime, I have a work event early next month requiring a certain edgy attitude, and I believe myself to have located an appropriate shoe, Jambu’s Envy.
I work for a conservative company, though dress code is business casual, but this event requires (1) conveying that status quo is no longer acceptable; (2) being on my feet most of the afternoon and evening. I was toying with the idea of some Miz Moos, but these ought to do just fine.
Feeling rather in a rut recently, I found myself browsing 6pm.com and snagged these Taryn Rose low wedges.
I’m in the process of building more brown and black into my wardrobe, and discovering that I like to keep my outfits very simple and comfortable. The problem with simple is that it can very quickly become bland. These shoes will not only work with my current stable of trousers, but add that bit of spunk that keeps the blahs away.