When the feet are happy, I’m happy!
As I mentioned in a previous post, comfort is non-negotiable for me. That’s especially true for my shoes. I’ve spoiled myself, I guess, but when it comes to foot pain I’m like the Princess who could feel the pea through twenty mattresses. Even just a decade ago, “comfort” footwear often was limited to styles that looked either orthopedic or earthy. (Not that there’s anything wrong with either of those, but it’s nice to have more choices.)
Before I get into the shoes though, I’m going to serve up a couple of caveats. First, what’s comfortable for me might be excruciating for you, and visa versa. Each of us has unique foot issues; mine are high arches and instep, wide toes, and a palpable loss of padding on the bottoms of my feet. So far I haven’t experienced bunions, corns or any common conditions that may someday impact what footwear is comfortable for me. Second, some of the shoes I’m going to show you are pricey, as I tend to keep and wear them for years, amortizing the cost over time (have one pair of Stuart Weitzman ankle boots heading into Winter #8 and still looking spiffy). If you can handle the idea of buying and wearing second-hand, ebay and consignment/thrift shops might be good places to search for particular styles of brands that you’ve found work for you. Finally, if all else fails, it’s worth checking into custom orthotics. They make them small, light and unobtrusive enough now to slip into dressier, sleeker footwear styles.
Comfortable Classic Pumps. Let’s face it, if your style runs more toward the bohemian, casual or funky, it’s much easier to find cute and comfortable shoes. But sometimes a more classic look is desired, and pumps, even pointed-toe styles, needn’t be uncomfortable. The pair above from Fitzwell feel like gloves on my feet and were great right out of the box. This style of shoe comes in multiple widths and colors/materials. I’m particularly smitten with this leopard print and get compliments each time I wear them, which I do frequently. The heel is about 2 inches, usually the maximum I can comfortably wear.
The Cole Haan Chelsea Low-Heel pumps I’m wearing here are another comfortable and classic choice. With my wide toes, I often find Cole Haan shoes a bit narrow, but some styles like this one work if I go up half a size. Cole Haan incorporates that Nike Air padding which in some styles really does help cushion the foot.
The style above, new to this season is also a gorgeous option. I’ve tried them on but didn’t purchase (have as many pumps as I need right now). The 2″ block heel is very walkable and the toe is actually a bit more almond shaped than it appears in this picture. (This shoe doesn’t photograph well, IMO…it looks far more matronly in pictures than up close and on the foot.)
If you’re open to kitten heels, there are many options out there with a very classic pump look. These by Stuart Weitzman are available in multiple colors and finishes, and some are also available in Narrow or Wide widths. When we were in London in May, I observed many very stylish women of all ages dashing about in kitten heels similar to these above.
Already Pretty contributor Une Femme is fifty-six, married to the same wonderful monsieur since 1995, the mother of a special-needs teenager and two hooligan dogs, a full-time administrative professional, a coffee-holic, Paris-obsessed, native Californian, and a petite and curvy femme d’un certain age. She believes that personal style is an essential form of self-expression, and started her blog, Une femme d’un certain âge, in 2007 hoping to start a conversation about style for women over 50.