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Friday
Aug232013

A discourse on practical shoes

Maybe it's my age, but the way I choose shoes now is vastly different from how I did it before. Just a year ago I would always wander off to the flashiest section of a shoe store, giving the flats and boring wedges a wide berth. The higher the heels, the more exciting they are to wear. The challenge was fun - maintaining my balance in uneven and slippery flooring, changing from flats at just the right moment, towering over most people.

Now it's not so fun. The turning point was when I was walking down a street with a lot of sloping sides, almost slipping a few times - but not quite. I thought to myself, with a quiet fury that I reserve for those who cut in lines and those who man fastfood telephones, "Why the frick am I doing this to myself?" I don't have to walk in terribly high heels. It doesn't prove anything to anyone except that I'm stupid and prideful.

I'm not saying that I will never buy a pair of high heels again. I most likely will, if only to enjoy the honest beauty of a well-made and beautiful pair of shoes. I would even walk in them for a couple of hours if I want to feel extra tall or pretty. But now I'm just more conscious about a purchase like that. I'll probably only get one out of five pairs I buy.

I guess I'm just more practical now. When one is young it's a lot easier to be excited and superficial. I'm 25, but I'm not a young person. I'm too old for regular doses of excitement and superficiality. They are bad for my digestion.

I would rather go for wedges now and reasonable heels with stable platforms. Shucks, I even got sandals last month. I almost never buy sandals. And I wear FitFlops whenever I can get away with it! The other day I got these new wedges from Ferretti, something classic and elegant, lightweight and just three inches high.

Something I can do the groceries in, yet would still look good with dressier outfits.

This is a style that I wouldn't have looked twice at last year, but now it's perfect for my life. I'm still as vain as ever. I just apply that vanity where it counts (if it counts).

Reader Comments (18)

How much is it, Liz? I think this shoe design and color is very versatile and can be paired up with different outfits, and yet still looks comfortable. Some few days ago i ordered a pair of shoes online which i think is the most comfy pair of flats. I'm so excited for it to arrive. I has been on hold from the store because of the flood and stuff (not complaining). And sure enough, i also chose the one that looks more matured, but versatile. I wish i could wear heels like you, but i'm awkward in it and it's not really convenient for me. You always seem to choose the classy designs! Now it's time to rummage Ferreti's page and see what would tickle my feet. Hehe. Have a nice day, Liz! God bless. =)

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

I used to love heels, too, 4-5 inch stilettos, sometimes even double platform. When I turned 26 this year however, I realized that I don't need to kill my feet and my knees to look good. I've been buying more flats now and heels that are at most 3 inches (still stilettos, though). In the long run, our bodies would thank us for it. :)

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRia

Few years back, I didn't wear heels if it wasn't 4-5 inch. I honestly feel extra pretty with it and thought of mom's wedges as boring and granny-like. Now, I find myself rading her shoes! Just recetly, I bought a pair from Ferretti, the one you have in black..:)

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLian

My usual pet peeve is the preference of most stores for open shoes. I prefer closed shoes and boots and it's really hard to shop for them. I love those because it gives me the feeling of comfort and formality without sacrificing style, but not a lot of stores have a good selection.

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

I definitely agree with you, Pat. I've since preferred closed shoes like boots especially this rainy season. Local shoe stores rarely carry those kinds of shoes for women. I find it terribly frustrating!

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina

i still love your red/fuschia Zara stilettos. pain be damned.

ps. slightly injured my ankle last week because i wore stilettos to an event i was working on and had to walk/stand for 3 hours straight. sucks to be short.

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterisea

i don't want to attribute it to age too... but maybe it is! lately i've been leaning towards flats too and super comfy shoes even if the look is not as "trendy". i did used to love all that height! what did they say... "the higher the heels, the closer to heaven"??? even walking around malls i was in heels, wedges or platforms. but when i had a kid, everytime i went somewhere with him i had to wear more comfy shoes. i can't run after him in high heels! even here in the office where we have dress code, i try to "get away" with wearing flats too.

gone are my "tiis ganda" days!

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterblairbitchbunny

I've been wearing flats most of my life, wearing only four-inch heels during special occasions or whenever I feel like it. You see, I stand 5'6 and I find it awkward to be wearing heels, aside from the fact that it gets uncomfy at times Recently, I found out that I had plantar fasciitis, which gave me difficulties in walking. This had me wearing heels and wedges more often because it gave me more comfort than wearing my ballet flats and flipflops. Although a little painful to wear it the whole day since I commute to and from the office, I had to deal with it until the pain goes away. Now that I'm recovering, I alternate wearing flats and heels and do some heel stretching every now and then to ease the tight muscles in my feet.

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKassy

As for me, when I realized that I don't have to wear heels just because I'm a woman, I stopped salivating over high heels. I think my highest heels are just two inches. Thinking about heels even makes me angry sometimes, like, "Why do women have to wear heels to look elegant and men don't? That's just stupid!" Haha

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAviva

It looks really really good. 3 inches is still too high for me, I'm planning to learn how to walk in heels since I'm really really short.

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

I only wear heels on formal events cos my pain threshold is low. If I want extra height, I usually go for wedges too. But most days, I'm in my Chucks/DMs :)

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercaterwauler

I totally agree! It doesn't hurt to occasionally wear heels, but its really about one's comfort. Function over form! Plus your back will thank you in 10 years.

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

I always prefer flats over heels. I'd only wear heels on special occasions even if I lack the height! Comfort over everything. :)

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina

I agree, I prefer wearing my fit flops or sanuk sandals whenever I go ♥ I also like wearing wedges than stilettos . I love that pair of Ferretti wedges you wore. It look so comfortable and can go perfectly with many outfits.

August 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRochelle Rivera

I'd love to try these kinds of wedges too, my feet's bound on closed shoes = flats, sneakers, and always black! I've also read that a little elevation might help your feet, especially if it's arched.

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCayox

Nice shoes. I like edges also. If it talks about high shoes, I would definitely pick wedges instead of stilletos. :)

August 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFati

I'm a very short gal so I try to wear heels most of the time despite the odds. Hahaha! The Ferretti you got is actually my type of shoes too. Actually, most of my shoes look like that. My friends call it "mommy shoes" but whatever, if it's well-made and classy, it's for me. And I totally feel you - as I age, my shopping finds drastically change and my friends say I'd make a very pretty mom (haha!) I take that as a compliment ;)

September 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngel Diamante

It's not the age Liz, but the wisdom that comes with it! :D I agree with you that when women are younger, they fancy 4-5 inch heels ~ high heels always make a woman feel more confident. But as women age, we actually have that sense not to have another 'tiis ganda' moment where we prefer function and comfort over fashion. I agree that platforms and wedges are a great alternative to those ankle-cracking heels at times. I had the same problem a few years back when my doctor advised a break from heels since I always complained about lower back pains. And it worked! Although I still am guilty of wearing heels, I make it a point that the straps don't but through my foot and that the arch of the heel fits well. This way, my foot doesn't feel wobbly even with towering heels. Recently, I have gone through 4 inch heels that have a one-inch or half inch platform concealed inside the shoe, and this one does the trick. There are several selections for this in Payless for those looking a bang for their buck and have tried both Fioni, Brash and comfort plus, too. I guess the trick here is really nicely fitting heels that wouldn't hurt as much as their poorly designed/made counterparts.

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Florence

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