Do you love shoes or handbags?
While every woman’s wardrobe needs both, there are those who lean more towards one or the other. Shoes catch my eye more than handbags. I can go out with my junk in a plastic bag and wearing a patchwork Nepali “duster”, but I have to be well-shod – it’s my personal style motto.
I’ve rocked sky-high platforms and heels (but not stilettos), gone tough in ankle and knee-high boots, and rested my calves in wooden Happy Feet sandals and Havaianas flip-flops. But with work a bit more hectic lately, comfort is the priority so I’ve given up the high heels. I’ve come to rely on stylish-looking but practical shoes that allow me to run around and look good at the same time.
I’ve always been partial to Mary Janes, with their iconic instep or ankle straps, but it was hard to find shoes for grown-ups in that style, until lately. Now Hush Puppies carries several Mary Jane models, from playful to prim. Their “Body Shoe” technology combines fashion with comfort. They’re my Pokemon – “collect them all!”
Being a retro girl at heart, I love vintage styles. Rockport came up with a winner in this 1940′s-channeling two-tone Mary Jane with patent toecaps, instep straps with easy-on and -off velcro, and heels.
My Holy Grail is Fluevog. Their shoes are fun, and funky, and best of all, comfy enough to walk around in. I absolutely covet the Operetta Malibran. The polished leather, stitching detail, and unique style make them a must-have. The drawback is that they’re pricey. But compared to the equally expensive, mind-numbingly monotonous cookie-cutter signature shoes (cough Tory Burch flats cough) that fashion drones wear, Fluevogs with their quirky character and one-of-a-kind look are worth every cent.
Well, one can dream and offer prayers to St. Hubbins, the “patron saint of quality footwear”. Perhaps a pair is in my future. Meanwhile, my back and calves are thanking me for no longer subjecting them to the torture of tottering about in high heels. And I can go on with my hunt for Mary Janes.