I love your shoes! Are they comfortable?
This is the question of the hour…nay, the question of the decade…!…for working women everywhere.
Do you hesitate in the morning on deciding what to wear, because you think to yourself:
“What are the shoes that will get me through my entire day: from morning meetings to moonlight events?
Every woman needs the “Power Pump”:
That go-to shoe that goes with everything and has the right balance between sensibility and sexy.
This week I feature the black pump.
It is the most important shoe in a woman’s wardrobe, yet the most elusive to find the one that is just right.
Shoes are at an all time “high” in terms of fashion adorned with chains, feathers, rhinestones, and deer antlers on them.And they are at an all time “high” in terms of heel height too. Not necessarily a good thing. Some of them are simply impossible to walk in.Even professional models spill on the runway. Goddess bless you if you can rock those 5” platform heels! Christian Louboutin (left) has taken platforms to new heights, but save these for the weekend, not the office. Or save your ankles from breaking and don’t wear at all.
Manolo Blanik (right) refuses to design platforms,
and prefers single soles as the classic, sexy choice for women.
Jimmy Choo offers nice single-sole options as well. (right)
The shoes featured below have rave reviews from online shoppers,
shoes I have worn myself (yes for more than 8 hours in a row!)
and my clients have worn and loved.
These are the brands that are including cushion in their dress soles.
For those of you who must pound the pavement, here are options that will not pound your feet.
Tips on where to buy, and how to put them to the test:
When you try them on in-store or order online, be sure to walk around the store or your home to see if they rub or if they slip off your heel in the back.
Plan on wearing a skirt or dress and hose that day you go shopping so you can see how they flatter your leg and look with a real outfit.
Remember, trying on shoes at the end of the work day is when your feet are the most swollen, so this may actually help decide how comfortable the shoes really are.
- When buying online use Zappos or Nordstroms as they offer free shipping and returns.
- To save time, use the search engines to choose wisely by heel height 1-1 3/4″” kitten heel, 2-2 1/2″” classic heel, 3″ for example, single sole or platform, or for maximum comfort search for wedges. You can select “comfortable shoe” as a category.
- Be sure to read the helpful reviews by customers, and read the details to see if it indicates if shoes run small or true to size.
- Look to see if they are offered in Narrow, Medium, and Wide Width options.
- Narrow feet can usually handle point-toe pumps, whereas wide feet or feet with bunions fair better in round-toe styles.
- The Walking Company features only comfort soles and cushy insoles.
- Watch videos on zappos to see them in action and more detailed descriptions.
Classic point-toe & round toe single sole from
Michael Kors come with flex soles for comfort and Corso Como:
Platforms that are not high-rises and offer balance and comfort from Cole Haan and Clarks:
Kitten Heels: Narrow feet can handle pointy toe “kitten heels” that are 1-2″ max,
and have that sleek and sexy Mad-Men appeal.
From Sofft and Anne Klein:
The Cap-Toe Trend is an update to basic black pumps from Anyi Lu, Sofft, and BeautiFeel:
Wedges can be the comfort alternative to the pump.
And they still look sleek enough to wear with dresses and skirts
from Anne Klein, Cole Haan with Nike Air, and Stuart Weitzman:
For more on this trend and where to buy, visit my http://www.pinterest.com/sterlonstyle/pumps-that-work/