Outfit: Alexander Wang t-shirt (or in the U.S here), The Kooples sweatpants, Hermes Cape Cod watch and (trying out) Sam Edelman Sabrina
Shoe shopping is something I do when I'm feeling particularly masochistic. It's like going through labor pains and denying myself epidural. Okay, that sounds rather dire but that's what I'm feeling right now because I went......shoe shopping yesterday. My despondency has got to do with a few well known rants of mine.
First of all, I'm finding the prices for designer shoes these days have escalated beyond control. Most cost more than my monthly grocery bill. I can't tell whether my old Manolos are in fact better quality than the newer ones......which brings me to point number 2. They're bloody uncomfortable. For that kind of money, I expect my feet to be enfolded in ergonomically designed cushioned soles. I should be able to walk for a few hours without feeling like someone's hacking my feet into pieces (sorry for the horrible visual).
Most of my friends have confided that they have lost the ability to walk in high heels after having kids. Like me. Yet, most of the shoes in stores have heels that look like skinny skyscrapers or as flat as a pancake but nothing in between. Two extremes with very few choices for those who would like to have beautiful and affordable mid heeled sandals that we can comfortably walk in. Do designers think that women who wear their shoes are meant to be carried around in sedan chairs? Or that we'd paid a fortune for the privilege of owning these gorgeous heels but we need to spend more on cabs because we can't walk?
Rant number three. Utterly uninspiring shoes for shitloads of money. Like the boring and plain Prada pumps or kitten heels that look similar to the ones from the previous season and the season before that. Ditto for Marni, Nicholas Kirkwood, Chloe and Miu Miu. Please no more ankle straps...... *yawn* So I asked a sales associate at Liberty's shoe department about her thoughts on the current collections. "Is there anything (injecting a hint of desperation) you can recommend that's slightly more edgy, has a wow factor but nothing beyond 2.75 inches high? Oh, and something that doesn't require me to sell my kidney?" We looked around and there was......... nothing. Kudos to her for telling the truth and not trying to sell me something she wouldn't wear herself.
Actually, there was a pair of Sam Edelman "Sabrina" wedge sandals that I was pretty satisfied with. In fact, the size US 5 was perfect for my unusually small size US 4 feet (medium width). They're £150 at Liberty's but if you're lucky enough to be born with normal sized feet, I suggest you get them from Revolve Clothing because the exchange rate worked out to be £66. Spartoo sells them for £126.99. I stood, walked, hopped (I was "testing" it out) for 10 minutes. The straps didn't cut into my feet. The soles were adequately cushioned. My legs look longer than they actually are despite the low-ish 2.5 inch heel height. Most importantly, I can walk comfortably.
There's a real gap in the market that most designers have missed. I've spoken to a few stores and they tell me that mid heeled shoes are selling like hotcakes. That's probably because the selection is ridiculously limited. Mid heels shouldn't look like puke inducing orthopedic granny shoes. Look at the Valentino Rockstud kitten heels that have saturated the entire blogosphere. You'd think more shoe designers will realize that yes, we women would like sexy, eye catching heels that we can walk in. #rantover. Does anyone have any other edgier looking mid heels that you can recommend?