I have always loved shoes. Specifically the Mary Jane kind. Even when my whole wardrobe was black, I always had beautiful shoes, usually in a bright colour to detract from the black on my body.
Shoes are easy to fall in love with. You walk into a shop or browse online and suddenly there they are, the perfect pair. You fall a little bit in love. The trouble is, they don't fall in love with you. You make the compromises in the relationship.
I have always had various issues with the shoes that I wear. My fit veers between an E and EE fitting so finding nice ones can be hard. My balance is not the best (to say the least) so heel height is a problem. I can't wear pointed shoes because of my issue with staircases.
That said, for the right pair of shoes I have always ignored these issues. I have squeezed my feet into shoes that were too narrow, but were beautiful. I have bought heels too high for my comfort because they were fabulous.
I was looking my shoe cupboard this weekend and there were so many shoes that I no longer wear or have never worn because I bought after falling in love, but in reality that just were not practical. A major clear out was in order and by the end, I have gotten rid of nine pairs of shoes. Sob!
I decided that I needed a new philosophy when it comes to my shoe buying. They can still be beautiful, but I need to be able to wear them in comfort. Not in pain and not compromising what I can actually walk in without falling over.
Here are some that I am currently looking at:
I love these Vans Shoes from Skate Hut. I would wear these on a casual weekend with jeans or alternatively, they would look great with a casual black dress. There is no reason why you can't wear casual shoes with a nice dress. I have seen Callie from From the Corners of the Curve do this really well.
I am just about to buy these wedges from SimplyBe as they will perfect for the summer. Black which goes with anything, a wedge which negates some of the heel height and a good grip sole (which is it about summer sandals that have really slippery soles???)
These nude fit loafers from Evans are perfect for work and look so stylish and comfortable.
These knee high boots from Yours and are available (like all the shoes I have featured in this post) available in an E fit. With a heel height of 3 inches which is a manageable height, these boots with go wonderfully with a lovely dress or will style up a pair of jeans.
Those are my current picks for shoes that work with my limitations, whilst still being stylish and gorgeous.