Today’s Featured Comment
I grew up in the southeast and wore heels and ridiculously high wedges when I was younger because that was “the fashion.” I am now a 64 year old “comfort & support” convert. I prefer a heel of 1 to 1.5 inches, though occasionally I’ll purchase a 2 inch heel in a shoe that is well balanced and classic. I will also buy I a sandal, comfort shoe, or sneaker that is flat, provided the brand is committed to great soles and support. (Truly, a totally flat shoe can be as bad, or worse on the foot as a stiletto.)
Thankfully, shoe manufacturers are starting to “get it” and are beginning to make shoes that are both comfortable and stylish. Now, if only more brands would manufacture shoes in more widths other than medium, I’d be very happy indeed.
Unfortunately, the brands that fit me best are also fairly expensive, (I have a normal footbed, but a very narrow heel) so I’m very careful about my purchases. My faves for summer are Naot, Gentle Souls, Fly Flot, and Donald Pliner, and Cole Haan.
In winter I live mostly in cowgirl boots, but in Wyoming it would be impractical to wear anything else. Out here – you’ll go to dinner and cocktails, and see everything from cowgirl boots to flats to heels … and nobody cares. I love that. I had rather wear a pair of fabulous Old Gringo cowgirl boots any day than a 3″ high pair of Mano Blahniks or Jimmy Choos, but that’s just me.
High heels can be beautiful, but they aren’t worth the price our feet must pay to wear them. If you are willing and able, wear what you love.
[This comment was originally posted in this conversation. ~ Eds.]