Recently, I have been thinking a lot about shoes. Shoes have always been eye candy for me—eye candy because sometimes they look so decadent. But like eating an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey I know they can be bad for my health. That’s right, high heels I’m talking about you! Truth be told I love them. But not the nose bleeders. The classic pointed toe pump with 3.5” heels is my weakness. My other truth is I haven’t worn high heels since Covid, and I am not sure I miss them. What I do miss are the occasions where I wore them.
Sales for high heels have declined steadily over the past couple of years thanks to the popularity of the sneaker trend. Overnight, sneakers became the “it” shoe for women wearing business suits and summer dresses. The trend of sneakers paired with almost anything have definitely been hallelujah moments for our feet.
Sneakers are by far the most comfortable of all shoes. But there is a problem. No matter how you dress them up, they still look like sneakers. There don’t seem to be a lot of options for women when it comes to elegant flats that are meant to be worn all day long without assaulting our feet. Yes, we have the ubiquitous ballet flat and uber popular slides but these styles usually have zero support and even less athletic ambition.
My best tip for a more comfortable flat is to buy them a half size larger than your normal size and then add a thick innersole. This is a bit tricky because you need the right innersole. But patience pays off. I have managed to make my flats more comfortable by using gel inserts.
If you are ready to give your sneaks a break have a look at these comfortable shoes with credible claims to both athletic ambition and style!
Be well, wash your hands a lot, and stay safe!
A special thanks to Heather D for the blog idea!