We, as women, love our fancy shoes. If you are like me, nothing would bring more joy than a pair of sky high heels in fun print or luxurious material. As I’ve gotten older I’ve come to the realization that high heels and uncomfortable shoes are not in the cards for me anymore. Uncomfortable shoes are the absolute worst and to be honest, I can’t tolerate them. You may ask, “How do you find shoes that are both comfortable and fabulous?” I’m here to give you tips on finding comfortable and fabulous shoes, but I will also give you some things you can do to help you make your shoes more comfortable.
Change you mindset – Before we get into the nitty gritty, I want you to understand that 5 inch heels are almost never going to be comfortable. Even as a younger woman going out dancing, by the end of the night my friends and I had our shoes in hand while walking barefoot to the car. As an older woman, my feet just want to be comfortable. So with that in mind, I had to learn to look at flats, midi heels, and wedges in a different light, learn to like them, and think they can be just as fabulous as any 5 inch pair of shoes.
Heel change – If you are going to do a heel you will want to look at a midi or kitten heel, these are the heels that are generally over 2 inches. Also, look at wedge or a box heel. The reason is that these provide more stability and will allow you to rest back on your heels. If you do want to do a higher heel then make sure you shoe has a platform. That will help offset the incline of the shoe.
Wide Width – Not all plus size women have wide feet, but if you do have wide feet you need to find shoes to accommodate your foot width.
Barefoot Tess and Nordstrom actually allow you to search shoes by width and have a variety of fashionable choices. You will also find that plus size clothing stores will carry shoes that are wider. Another option is having your shoes stretched by either taking them to a shoe repair shop or stretching them yourself. Here’s a quick tutorial on stretching your shoes yourself.
Flats rule – Most women hate flats. They don’t feel they are as stylish, but for me, I’ve taken advantage of the flats that on trend and considered “fashionable.” Loafers, oxfords, and now the D’orsay Flat are the “in” flats. I, personally, like to choose a flat with interesting embellishment, such as a stud, a tassle, or gold accents.
Add Padded Sole Inserts – Adding padded or gel soles to your shoes will definitely give you some more hours in any shoe. They even make them slim enough to fit into dainty heels. The Dr. Scholls for Her line provide a lot of different ways to make your feet more comfortable in your shoes.
Be stylish even in work – Some woman has misconception about work shoes- that work shoes can’t be stylish. Out of this poor belief, we see many stylish women wearing very conventional work shoes – misfit for her style. But reality is- you can find style work shoes as well which are equally effective on purpose. You can easily a good pair shoes to work on a restaurant if you are working as a waitress.
Increase your shoe budget – A budget friendly shoe is great until it starts to pinch your feet. Shoes made out of plastic, generally, will cause your feet to sweat and possibly swell causing that horrible pinching sensation. When your feet sweat they also begin to slide into the toe of the shoe, which is also terribly painful. Maybe you can’t afford a closet full of expensive shoes, but the shoes you wear the most, like black pumps, should be considered an investment piece in both your closet and for your feet.
Having a closet full of shoes that you can’t wear is a both sad and wasteful. Comfortable and fashionable shoes are hard to come by, so I buy my shoes sparingly and I take the money I saved on buying large quantities of shoes and invest them into the shoe by adding soles or taking them to the shoe repair to keep them fresh. Hopefully this insight will help you rethink how you buy and wear your shoes. As always, happy shopping!