There’s a part of me that wants to believe the FitFlop claim: that I can get a workout simply by wearing shoes. I do that every day – put on shoes — so no need to wrestle another gym time slot into my already over-wrought schedule. And, even better, by trotting around town in these beachy sandals, I’ll achieve slimmer thighs, toned calves, and a perky rear. All of a sudden flip-flops (which I’ve openly abhorred for years) seem downright fabulous.
Only I’m a skeptic at heart and the hard sell smacked too much of late-night infomercial. That, and the initial styles looked like a cross between après soccer wear and orthopedics. Not exactly what I have in mind for pairing with, well, anything. I have a hard time believing that something that looks so clunky is going to work toward making me less chunky. Multi-density midsole: Sure, tell it to my cellulite-dappled derrière.
But the FitFlop makers got savvy to those of us who don’t want to look like we were discharged from some hospital and decided to bring the wardrobe with us. Enter the “Aurelia,” a made-for-Xena-the-Warrior-Princess gladiator or glamorous proportions. Part sandal, part lace-up boot, the shoe was born of an unlikely collaboration between the U.K.-based FitFlop company and New York’s style-draw boutique Kirna Zabête.
The result is neither solely utilitarian fitness fad nor snooty glamazon. Instead, the Aurelia resides in some previously unknown land between those two camps. It’s made for kicking a** and taking… phone numbers. I like to think that, had Scarlette O’Hara owned a pair, Rhett would have given a damn. If the fairy godmother had blessed Cinderella with a pair, she wouldn’t have lost the silly glass slipper – nor would she have been waiting around for a Prince or a pumpkin on wheels. And Repunzel. With the leg-strengthening promised, she could’ve repelled right on out of that enchanted tower. It’s all about the right footwear at the right time (personally, I’ve worn enough of the wrong footwear to vouch for the validity of this statement) and if the Aurelia is right for anything, it’s got to be heroic acts.
I have yet to strap myself into a pair of these newest FitFlops. The limited edition style is currently available by reservation, through the company’s Website. They may or may not do all the things they promise (this is an election year and promises are flying fast and furious), but anything that brings me – skinnier legs or not – closer to Xena status, can’t be all wrong.