Most women love shoes and handbags. Women all round the world just have a craving for pretty shoes and bags regardless of the state of their bank account. Except for me ! Well, I LOVE handbags as anyone will know and have a handbag for just about any occasion, but shoes fill me with dread.
You see, I have ‘funny’ feet. Well, to be honest I have ONE funny foot that continues to make shoe buying a traumatic event for me any time of the year. I can hear you saying ” Well come on then Susanna, tell us the story behind the ‘funny’ foot. Well, ok then, here we go.
About nine years ago I had a bad accident roller skating in the street outside my house. Yes, I was 44 years old and still fooled into thinking I could skate like a 16 year old. Although I’m not too sure I could skate well at sixteen to be fair. The result of this fall was a badly broken ankle and leg. In fact my foot had rotated 180 degrees so it was facing the wrong way. Don’t worry I won’t be producing any photos but you get the idea.
I needed a three hour operation, a weeks stay in hospital and intensive physio for six months to learn to walk again. During the operation though, I was given a nice, shiny titanium plate and various pins to hold it all together. I had always loved The Bionic Woman as a youngster but suddenly playing Jamie Summers in real life was not all it was cracked up to be. And there we have it. My foot has never been the same again.
So back to the problem with shoes. As you can imagine buying shoes suddenly became a nightmare after my accident. I would spend many embarrassing hours in shoe shops trying on every single shoe in the shop only to leave empty handed due to the poor fit or the pain I felt wearing the shoe. I always felt awkward going into the shops as I knew it was highly likely I would be disappointed. I would feel so guilty for having the sales assistant run round after me and for her to watch me leave the shop empty handed yet again.
I eventually stopped going to shoe shops as it just became too much of an ordeal and I remember wearing flip flops or trainers for most outings. I dreaded been invited to weddings or formal social events and if I was, I would buy a cheap pair to wear for the main event and then sneak a pair of flip flops in to change into later when no one was watching.
However I got talking to a lady socially who said she also had an issue with shoes and she asked me if I had tried Primark for ballerina style pumps as she found they were the comfiest shoes for her foot problem. So off I toddled into Primark and bought a pair of ballerina style pumps to try. I have to say they were AMAZING. They fit my feet perfectly including my bionic leg, and they were so comfortable. Oh and did I mention they looked pretty too ?
So there I was, at last feeling comfortable and fashionable and all for £4. Of course I rushed back and bought up various styles of these ballerina pumps and to this day I still buy pumps from Primark. Yes, they don’t last as long as the more expensive shoe ranges but for me its all about getting shoes that are comfy and look stylish. I am really not sure why these particular shoes fit so well but it seems to be the back of the shoe that does not have such a rigid frame to it. It is this that hurts my ankle in other shoes. The plate in my leg seems to be very close to the surface so is irritated easily.
Anyway since then I have found Next and Marks & Spencer to be a great source of shoes for me and I have a few of their smaller heeled shoes for special occasions although I cannot wear heels for long as my ankle doesn’t seem to flex well. Gross, I know, but if the shoe fits……
I admit summer shoes are not usually a problem for me as they are usually open backed and so they don’t irritate my ankle. I love wearing flip flops as I find them so easy to wear and there are some great styles out there. Flip flops used to be boring, plastic and generally one hit wonders when I was younger but now they come with all kinds of embellishments and fancy designs. I LOVE these flip flops I have by Faith as they are so glitzy and suitable for wearing during the day or on a summers evening. I wear these all the time on holiday and they go well with shorts or a more formal maxi dress. I have seen many beautiful flip flops in shops this summer so have a look round. As its nearly the end of August you may find a lot of them are now in the sale. I bought these last year I think but there are many similar diamante / rhinestone designs on the market.
As some of you will know I have a dog whom I walk in all weathers. I obviously have wellies for the rain and the snow that we get here in the UK ( more rain than snow sadly ) The best wellies I have found ( and I have had a few ) are from Joules. Joules is a British fashion and lifestyle brand that sells the most scrummiest and cutest clothing ever. Look on their website at all the amazing designs and prepare to be tempted to buy something. Anyway back to the wellies. Joules wellies not only come in the most gorgeous designs but they are incredibly tough and hard wearing. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE them ( and this post is NOT sponsored by Joules ! ) I even bought a coat from Joules to match these wellies ! Yes ! I look like a giant dalmatian !
For those times out walking when the weather isn’t quite so bad I love my little grey suede ankle boots from Seasalt. Seasalt is another fantastic British company selling the most gorgeous clothing and accessories with the cutest designs inspired by and designed in Cornwall. These boots are so soft for my ‘funny’ ankle and are still sturdy enough to walk in.
Finally to my last favourite pair of casual shoes. I absolutely LOVE my Vans ! I have Vans pumps in black and white. I know they are associated with younger people but after trying them I just can’t not wear them. They are unbelievably comfortable and look so neat and tidy. I have worn these on foreign holidays on long sightseeing days and they never hurt my feet, even if they become over heated. I wear the white ones with summer dresses and I wear the black ones for walking the dog. They seem to last for ages and don’t seem to look worn for such a long time. They have a good grip on the bottom which makes them ideal for ladies who are not as sure footed as they used to be.
Well, I hope you enjoyed my personal account of my shoe buying issues. What are your favourite shoes ? Do any of you have issues buying shoes like I do ? If so, can you recommend any shoe retailers that I can try. I really am on the look out for more formal shoes that have a high degree of comfort but that don’t irritate my ‘funny’ foot.
Until next time.