Okay, so I don’t want to brag but... I can still wear the same size shoe that I did in high school. That being said, I am realizing that I can’t wear the same kind of shoes I wore back then.
My Mammaw spent her career selling shoes to everyone in our little Eastern Kentucky town and this fostered a natural obsession with her high heels. I was devastated when I outgrew her petite size 6.5 at the age of 9. I still mourn all of those heels that I could never wear, but I have been hunting for the perfect heels ever since.
I can still wear the same size shoe that I did in high school. That being said, I am realizing that I can’t wear the same kind of shoes I wore back then.
As a working gal, I have found that most of my days are spent on stilts from 9am to 7pm - a podiatrist’s nightmare! I’ve accepted my fate in the 3” heel and below phase of my life. With my hunting skills, I haven’t had to sacrifice style.
The MOST comfortable heel I have ever found is by Naturalizer. Every woman in our office owns a pair of their Anna heel in black snakeskin. Get the wide fit to eliminate the crunched-up bunion look. I own these in 5 colors and I adore gold snakeskin for summer. You can score a 25% off coupon when you sign up for emails!
If your stiletto days are over, a block heel or wedge offers both style and comfort. I love a good nude block heal from Vince Camuto. I am currently stalking around for the perfect pair of 3” cork wedges that will go with everything from dresses to rompers and white jeans this summer. I currently have my eye on a pair from J. McLuaghlin.
Another pro tip: Don’t forget the arch support, even with flip flops! Recently, while coming back from vacation, I wore a cute little pair of Tory Burch flats. Very functional, so I thought. At 40 years old, I have somehow developed plantar fasciitis and wearing a shoe with no arch support for my flat feet hurts like the dickens. I found myself dragging my right foot behind me as I walked through the airport. At one point, the little golf cart that zooms around actually stopped to offer me a ride. From that moment on, I was on a mission to find comfortable yet stylish solutions. I ordered a pair of Archies flip flops. These are inexpensive sandals that are meant for running around town in yoga pants – not for style. They aren’t terribly offensive and they have really helped my plantar fasciitis pain.
Can’t sacrifice style for comfort? Arch support inserts help! I like the Enerfoot on Amazon.
Don’t retire your heels yet, ladies! Just remember that the taller the heel, the closer to God… and the more you can spread your fat out. I look a lot thinner at 5’10” and it doesn’t have to hurt.