A few posts ago I mentioned how I liked high heels. I do. They, however don’t really like me all that much. Without question, they are beautiful works of art and do something to the female leg that is magical. However, I learned at the tender age of 16 that we were destined to be only occasional friends.
I remember a shopping trip with my Mema where we bought 2 of the most beautiful pairs of stiletto heels. They were both about 3 and a half inch heels with no platform. Granted with my (at the time) size 10 feet, the angle was high, but not intolerable. I could still walk, with practice. Fast forward to my Senior year in High School. I had a job at a local department store in the misses fashion department which required me to dress in a stylish way. I had the PERFECT shoes. My shifts were about 5 and a half hours.
Hour 1-2; doing GREAT. Don’t I look fab? Don’t you wish you were me?
Hour 3; still hangin’ in. Leaning on counter just a little.
Hour 4; VERY uncomfortable, smile turned to slight grimace.
Hour 4.5; feet numb, standing behind register counter with one butt cheek resting on it which was grounds for termination.
Hour 5; can no longer feel feet which means no movement whatsoever. Almost in tears.
Shift over; hiding in back room sitting on floor because I can’t walk to the employee lounge to collect my things and get to my car in the parking lot to go home. Had to crawl to the store phone and call my Mom to come get me. She was unsympathetically holding back a cackle. I could tell.
After that experience, I deftly discovered the WEDGE.
The beautiful, the glorious, wedge. These allow me to still have some height, without the pain. For the most part. I do own some nose bleedingly high ones though which I wear with caution.
Which leads me to the kitten heel.
Undoubtedly, the world’s cutest, most kind of the fashionable shoe. These are my favs:
And then, there are the flats. Surprisingly not always the most comfortable shoe, depending on your foot issues. For me, they are not, but I just love ’em!
Flats are great because they can be dressed up or down. You can even buy them at Whole Foods, however you’ll notice none are featured here. French Sole is one of my Favorite brands.
I’m trying to teach my 10 year old about shoes. Right now she’s into the kind you can run in and play sports or the kind you wear to the beach or buy from a discount food store. When the time is right, we’ll have deep instructional discussions about this.
To be sure, there will be more words about shoes.