One of my chief aims with Lifestyle Fifty has always been to encourage women to grow older creatively and to take charge of their lives.
And the ‘taking charge of life bit’ made me take a good long hard look at all my tarts trotters lined up (not so) neatly in my wardrobe – scratch that, I should rather say, chucked in a heap in a hard-to-find-corner of my wardrobe.
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High heels and Tarts Trotters
Yes, I know they’re featured in the Lifestyle Fifty header. For when I began this blog I felt that high heels showed that we could still teeter and totter with the best of them.
Which For Me Isn’t So True Anymore.
Even though I’ve always wanted to give the illusion that I’m taller than my 4 feet 4 inches inches (1.62m) I’m not so sure I mind these days.
It seems as if I don’t feel quite so safe perched atop a mountain that rests on two spiky towers. I used to walk for miles in stilettos, dance all night and not bat a nubile eyelid. These days my bunions get in the way of a good walk in a ridiculously styled pair of shoes, and to tell you the truth I prefer a good walk.
As writer Liz Byrski put so well. “They are a symbol of the discomfort and restrictions of conformity.”
Restrictions and discomfort aside, I still try though. I’ll buy a pair of sensible black high heels, and the only sensible thing about them is the colour. Because I’ll put them on and within a short space of time I’ll be kicking them off under the table. There’s nothing like an uncomfortable pair of shoes to make me grumpy either.
Whereas wedges like these below* get worn constantly. They are just big enough and not too high for comfort.
Shoes I’m loving right now
My Frankie4 sandals* which I’ve worn constantly all summer – they go with so many things. Designed by a podiatrist they just mould to my feet and keep on walking.
I can totally see myself in these Long Suede flat boots now $79.99 (were $99.99) for the entire winter. They’re available online here at Autograph*
Tips for a shoes cleanse
- If a shoe doesn’t feel comfortable right now, it probably never will.
- Shoes that you conserve for walking only from the car to the restaurant table to the toilet because they look good but don’t feel comfortable will not get worn – believe me. Chuck ’em.
- Keep shoes with a moderate wedge or block heel if they are comfy because they are great for a bit of height.
- You’re probably going to be looking for shoes with a wider fit these days, so toss out any pointy narrow beauties.
- Sometimes you might find that a very small heel is actually more comfortable than no heel at all.
- Flip-flops, thongs, call them what you will, have some very pretty brothers and sisters these days – so much so that they are actually more like pretty sandals. Stock up on those that don’t give you blisters between your toes.
- Old-lady-look-sensible-strappy-sandals, er you know the ones I’m talking about (and yes, guilty as charged) should be thrown to the wind in favour of the same kind of shoe but in a pretty style. You can find them if you look hard enough.
Question: Should I keep the drawing of Stilettos in my Blog Header or ask my daughter to edit them out and draw some flat ones instead?
Disclaimer : An * denotes affiliate links or (previously) gifted items
I’m linking up with the lovely Rachel from Redcliffe Style today.