Friday, March 13, 2015

In search of comfortable shoes

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

It's always annoyed me that women are labeled as shoe hounds.  There's a commercial where a vapid woman stares at her enormous shoe closet and wonder if she shouldn't buy some periwinkle-colored shoes because she doesn't have any.  (I feel like throttling her.)

How many women on HGTV's House Hunters say they need a BIG closet or even a room JUST for their shoes???  (Too many!)

So I never thought of myself as being a shoe hound ... until I found a truly comfortable pair of shoes. They weren't even expensive.  (I think they were $20 at Payless Shoe store.)  Whoa!  What a concept--an actual comfortable shoe.  I went back and bought another pair.  I wore those comfortable shoes until they fell off my feet. (They lasted more than a year of everyday HARD wear.)  They looked like little more than a slipper, but they were wonderful.

So ... then it came time to wear the replacement pair.  Uh-uh.  Wasn't gonna happen.  I wasn't going to wear them out and have NOTHING comfortable for my poor little tootsies.  I went to several Payless Shoe stores, but they said the style was discontinued.  They showed me what they had that was similar, and I bought a pair (paying $10 more than my comfees ) but those shoes HURT MY FEET.  I thought, "I just need to break them in."  HA!  I've worn them for about 30 hours around the house and they still hurt my feet.

I saw a pair of shoes in the L.L. Bean catalog that looked similar to my comfees.  They were $70 MORE than my comfees, but, hey, L.L. Bean.  They HAD to be good, right?  Well, I can wear them. They don't hurt my feet, but my feet aren't happy.

So what do you do when you are unhappy?  As I mentioned last week, seek advice from your BFFs. Leann Sweeney suggested I get a pair of Bzee shoes.  Back online I went.  Hmm... they're not exactly attractive, but I was desperate. I ordered a pair. That was during one of the terrible snowstorms and, on their trip across the country, my shoes ended up stuck in Pennsylvania for about four days. When they finally arrived, I decided they were even uglier in person than online.  (Gray and black. Ick!) But then I put them on my feet ... and if feet could sing, mine would have been doing an aria--in Italian!

BFFs know what they're talking about. These are the most comfortable shoes in the universe. I put them on first thing in the morning, and take them off last thing at night.  My feet are happy all day long. There's a lot of comfortable support, so I can even do aerobics in them!

Then ... I looked at them. They just aren't pretty.  I told Leann I couldn't wear them to the grocery store. She said it was the grocery store where she needed them most. 

Ponder, ponder. 

There was only one solution.  Buy a NICER looking pair of Bzees.  Guess what?  They came yesterday.

: )

18 comments:

Harbinger said...

I am not a shoe person. The idea of multi-inch heels makes me quake in fear. I'm enough of a klutz in flats.

Even in flats, I still have never found the perfect comfort shoe. My feet are wide and oddly shaped and nothing feels good for any length of time except flip-flops.

Gram said...

Comfort is everything!

Anonymous said...

Went online to look them up and noticed they are from Naturalizers which were always the shoes I bought when I was working as a lawyer and needed dressy shoes. They were always comfortable and fit my feet. Does the Bzees brand have good arch support? Another brand which I find really comfortable is SAS. Made in Texas although it sounds slightly Scandinavian. I can wear them every day for a couple of years so price is justified. Cordella

Duffy Brown said...

I work at a consignment shop and on my feet for 6 hrs at a time. Sperry Docksiders are amazing and they look sporty and cute.

kaisquared said...

Feet come in two widths in our family.... wide and wider! No one wears heels, and we wear a lot of Crocs and Clarks shoes.

kaisquared said...

And Bzees do not come in my size or width, sigh.

Lover of Books said...

My favorite pair of comfortable heels are red. They are from Wet Seal. Who knew! lol My brown boots that are Karen Scott are from Macy's. I will need to get new sandals and I am dreading it with my high arches.
Krista

loveamystery said...

I had a pair of shoes when I was in high school called Capezio's, I loved those! They were ballet flats. Wore them till there was a hole worn through the side, wish I still had the,.

Colleen Thompson said...

Sperry Docksiders or Birkenstock sandals in the summer, and Ariat open-back clogs (which have great support) in cooler months.

Kay Finch said...

Oh, Lorraine, I can relate. I can't find really comfy shoes for my painful foot issues. I prefer short heels over flats cause I'm so darn short, and I need to wear appropriate formal shoes at the law office. It's a problem.

Lisa said...

I am not a shoe person, I can only wear athletic shoes when I'm running, for daily wear I do flip flops. I wear them in the winter, in the summer, during rain and snowstorms. They go with my causal dresses, shorts, and jeans. I'm set.

Maggie Sefton said...

Ahhhh, yes. Comfortable shoes. Essential, absolutely. Years ago I had foot surgery to straighten toes that I'd squished over years of wearing pointy-toed shoes. Believe me, I have NEVER worn uncomfortable shoes since. Shoes don't get broken in. Feet do. So now, whenever I go shoe shopping, I walk and walk and walk around and around the shoe department to make sure the shoes are comfortable. And I have some Merrill's and some Keene's which look like those Bzeees and are really, really comfortalbe. I wear them all the time. But, I think I'll also check out those Bzees, too. I like to see everything that's out there. :)

Lorraine Bartlett said...

I think the last time I wore a pair of heels was at my wedding. They were about an inch high. I value my Achilles tendons.

Lorraine Bartlett said...

Amen!

Lorraine Bartlett said...

I've only got two pairs of Bzees, but they seem to have great arch support.

Lorraine Bartlett said...

I wear Crocs in the summer, but find them too "cold" for the winter. I have a pair that don't have holes in the front, and they make my feet sweat too much. (I know More Information Than You Wanted To Know.) I don't wear those very often, but they do look better than the regular ones.

Andrea Stoeckel said...

As a size 14(!) womens, I have never been a "stylish" shoe diva. But, try Inkkas, a shoe made from cloth woven in South America. I won a pair on a blog a year or so ago....and they FIT!, and they are so comfy. My cousin the doctor says "friends don't let friends wear CROCs", but I love them too. And, when I was cooking professionally, I discovered SoftSpots. When I was pastoring, it was black leather Reebocks with the supports removed as I have flat feet and they went with my clerics. As much as I like how a woman's leg looks in killer heels, I wouldn't want to wear 'em. Gonna have to check out Bzees

Nancy said...

Mocassins are my go-to shoe. I wear the hard soled ones around the house and out. I too, tossed my favorite pair of sandals, thinking I could replace them, then finding that they are no more. I have several pair of shoes and sandals that hurt my feet. I might try Crocs.