Posts Tagged ‘comfort shoes

06
May
09

Reformed Shoe Hater: Once They Hit Your Feet It’s So Good

I came across the Dr. Scholl’s Disco while perusing the Chicago-based blog Possessionista. At first glance, I thought: “What the hell? No way this homie’s ever gonna be caught dead in some Croc wannabes—or Crocs for that matter! My momma didn’t raise no fool. Word.” Or more accurately, it went something like this: “Ewwwwwwwww!” Nevertheless, I was being a shoe hater.

Dr. Scholl's Disco in Surf Strip PU

Dr. Scholl's Disco in Surf Strip PU

After my gangsta fit subsided, I realized that—like most things in life—sometimes a shoe deserves a second chance. Upon closer inspection, I began to see the Disco in a new light. Sure, I would never wear these to the office or to girls’ night, but I could definitely see myself walking along Lake Michigan in these puppies. In fact, with its comfortable cushion insoles and adjustable straps, the Disco seems perfect for most tourist attractions throughout the spring and summer seasons. Just be sure to leave your fanny pack at home.

The reviews on Shoe Buy only furthered my new assessment of the Disco, which racked up an impressive 4 1/2 stars. In addition to the colors shown here, Dr. Scholl’s sells them in brown, black, beige and red. I’m partial to the Surf Strip PU myself. If you’re gonna go out on a limb, why not go all the way out there?

Be sure to stop by Possessionista’s blog for a discount code to receive an additional 10 percent off the Disco.

Dr. Scholl's Disco in Yellow Vintage Floral

Dr. Scholl's Disco in Yellow Vintage Floral

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16
Apr
09

Giving Uggs the Boots

According to a recent post in New York Magazine’s “The Cut,” “Sales of Uggs grew by 57 percent last year.” The article points out that, “Priorities have shifted in the recession, and we’re apparently more interested in feeling good than looking good.”

TypeZ gladiator sandals

TypeZ gladiator sandals

As if striking back at the trend, ABC show Good Morning America ran a segment on the contraindications of the fleecy footwear. “Some doctors worry that the fashion staple could cause serious foot pain in the long run,” the feature explained.

But it was only a few months ago that ABC News ran a piece lauding these boots that (like dandelions and tax day) keep coming back. EBay style director Constance White was quoted saying, “I will not throw out a pair of Ugg boots. … They dipped — came off the radar and weren’t `it’ anymore — but they’ve had the huge rise in popularity again.”

Monaco by J-41

Monaco by J-41

Just because consumers are going for comfy practicality over trendy edge, that doesn’t mean we all have to trade in stilettos for fleece-lined ankle boots. Even two years ago USA Today ran a story on best-of-both-worlds styles. “Increasing numbers of affluent baby boomers have the agony of de feet. They are turning away — however reluctantly — from the delectable creations of Manolo and Jimmy and taking their fistfuls of $100 bills to a new niche in the market: the sexy, pricey comfort shoe, made by the likes of Taryn Rose, Cole Haan, Ecco and … Aerosoles?”

Fitzwell's Valora II

Fitzwell's Valora II

Zappos actually has a category in the “Comfort” section entitled “Fashion.” Among the offerings: TypeZ‘s boot-tall gladiator, J-41‘s sporty-meets-strappy wedge sandal and the ruched leather Fitzwell Valora II — described in one customer review as “Super Comfortable…The kitten heel is great, and there’s a gel packet in the heel that adds to the comfort level.”

For those who just can’t live without their Aussie sheepskin boots, blogger Style Eyes Fashion (who writes that Uggs are: “a bit like Marmite on the style front, you either love them or hate them”) has some alternatives, including flat boots by Bumper.

Hazel by Ugg

Hazel by Ugg

In fact, even the Ugg company is turning out some surprisingly non-Ugg creations. The tall suede Broome style gives classic Frye campus boots a run for the money; the Hazel slingback, with a violet upper and 4-inch cork wedge, is anything but slumpy.

19
May
08

A Wrinkle In Time

It came suddenly, one day as I was washing dishes in my kitchen. A slight ache hitting in the middle of my back, dull and persistent. I passed it off as a workout injury and forgot about it. Until a few weeks later, when I am sitting at my desk, typing at my computer. And I can’t. Get. Comfortable. I rearrange my laptop. I adjust my posture. I throw a few pillows behind my chair. But the ache is not going away. “But what?” I think to myself. “I’m just…sitting here, not doing anything. How could that be painful??” And then it hits me. This is how getting old starts. An ache here, a pain there, and then you wake up one morning and find your left kidney has run off with your meniscus in the middle of the night and you will just have to make due for the rest of your life. I can’t wait.

OK, I exaggerate a little. I am still in my twenties, some good years away from 30. I have yet to find a gray hair and my joints are still in good working order. And yet I find myself drawn to a recent Wall Street Journal article about finding comfort in a high heel. Will today’s irresponsible 4-inch heel thrill be tomorrow’s knee problem? Should I just throw in the towel, buy a pair of beige, school-marm Naturalizers and call it a day?

Surely there must be another option. And I’m hoping it looks something like this. Sassy enough to mingle with the other stilettos in my closet, and yet lying beneath, a whole web of Nike Air technology to gently buoy me through the day. Here is a shoe a physical therapist can love. In the meantime, just keep me away from the early bird specials.




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