What type of shoes do you wear to walk or work out? Do you wear ballet flats? How can you wear those pointed toe loafers? Thanks for your numerous questions about shoe choices. I’ll try to answer some of them today.
My New Balance sneakers above are a couple of years old. Similar here. I was on my way out the door to go for my daily walk in the neighborhood. The jeans are here, similar tee here, similar jacket here.
As I do in every fashion choice, I consider my shape and coloring and then think about which shoes will look best on me. We all know that comfort plays a significant part in the buying decision when it comes to shoes. The information below explains why some shoes may not be our best choice.
The shape of the foot, ankle thickness, and roll tendencies of our feet are all factors that impact how shoes will look and wear over time. People who pronate excessively roll their foot inward, causing the heel’s outer part to make contact with the ground and the feet to flatten too much.
Those who supinate do not roll their foot inward enough. Excessive supination is my problem. It is less common than excessive pronation. Over-supination forces the foot’s impact to be concentrated on a smaller area (the outer part) and not distributed efficiently. The smaller toes on the outside of the foot, rather than the big toe, do most of the work.
There are several shapes of human feet (more about that here). I have Greek shaped feet, so that I can wear pointed-toe and almond-toe shoes comfortably. My foot is relatively small, but I have thick calves and ankles, so very flat shoes with round toes are never the best choice for me.
Below are examples of shoes without and shoes with structure. The first shoes will offer little to no support because of the single-piece construction. Due to my tendency for excessive supination, the first shoes will lose their shape after wearing them only a couple of times.
The second shoe has a supportive visible arch, and the two-part construction on the top makes the shape of the shoe more durable. The second shoe will also look much better on my foot because I do not have slender ankles.
A couple of years ago, I stopped wearing high heels. That was a significant change for me since I wore three-inch plus heels for much of my adult life. It didn’t take long to discover that it does not always mean they will be comfortable, functional, or attractive just because shoes are flat.
I look for sleek, supportive shoes close to my skin color in summer and black to match socks or tights in winter.
Flat shoes with no structure are poor choices for my thick ankles, but sometimes a shoe is so cute I can’t resist. I will wear the blush pink velvet shoes above (here) with white pants and only during the best of weather conditions. I waited for them to go on sale, and I will be extra careful with them because I know they will not hold up for more than a couple of seasons.
The black suede loafers above are very durable because of their two-part construction, substantial arch, and block heel. I have been wearing them for three winters. Similar shoes here.
I rarely buy animal print shoes, but these caught my eye because of the construction, the unique block heel, and the subtle color combination. I’m happy to report they were super comfortable even on the first day I wore them. These shoes are here.
The navy suede skimmers above are too delicate for my over-supinating feet. I know that if I wear them very much, they certainly will lose their shape. The super-low heel is not comfortable for me, nor does it flatter my thick ankles. I will give these to my Mom. (Similar shoes here)
The Cole Haan loafers (here) above are my Goldilocks shoes. They are very comfortable, and the style looks best on my foot. I’ve worn them countless times.
I hope that sharing the details of how I decide which options are best for me helps you determine which items will serve you well.
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