Make no mistake: I care about fashion within a certain parameter, but mostly I care about living. And while the right bra and great heels go a long way to adding an element of gorgeous mystique, I also need a few unglamorous items to go about my day.
One of those things is walking shoes.
I could be a daily fashionista I suppose, but this can create a lot of unnecessary hassle: I might put on my tights and dress and boots when I sit down at the computer, and they might look cute when I take my daily walk around the neighborhood. But I’ll have to take that off when I take my yoga and bellydance breaks, and while I have a very serviceable apron for perfume mixing, stuff spills in wacky ways.
Most days, unless I’m meeting a friend for lunch or coffee, it’s yoga pants, a nice top and walking shoes. I am dressing for the life I have, and that means clothing that allows me to transition from keyboard to comfortable movement with ease.
Last year I had terrible luck with walking shoes. The first, a pair of Skechers, had the left shoe never fit right, and no attempts at breaking it in worked. The second pair wore on my feet quickly, and the cute little vegan velcro straps fly up almost as often as my traditional athletic shoes spontaneously untie their shoelaces.1 I want something other than seasonal canvas throw-aways, preferably something that will last more than three years. I am also, thanks to family genetics, a size 11 shoe. This makes hunting awkward as I often have to pounce before I can research and deliberate.
This is what I had last year:
Sadly, another reviewer reports “blisters at first and when you walk around in them too long.” And there lies the crux of my problem- I need to walk around for long, long stretches. And since it’s summer, I prefer to save my stock and trade athletic shoes for cooler weather.
So, in my hunts for something that still looks reasonably cute but has the qualities of comfort and durability for daily sessions of pounding cement, I am considering these, and possibly hoping for a visit from the sale fairy:
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