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I can’t say that I really spend all that much time debating shoes the way some people in the fashion world might. That doesn’t mean though that I don’t have an opinion on the subject of comfort versus style. In my experience there is a clear line in the sand when it comes to shoes.
As a big fan of movies and tv, to me you’re either you’re a Forrest Gump or you’re a Carrie Bradshaw (Sex In The City). While both have strong holds on different ends of the fashion spectrum, I tend to lean more to the Forest Gump side than the Carrie Bradshaw. Comfort at least for me is more important than style.
Are you a Forest or a Carrie?
While some of you might already assume what side of the argument a Forest or a Carrie might be here is a quick quiz to let you decide which movie character describes your shoe personality.
Forrest Gump: Those must be comfortable shoes, I bet you could walk all day in shoes like those and not feel a thing.
Nurse at Park Bench: My feet hurt.
Forrest Gump: My mama always said you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes, where they going, where they been.
The way that I see it, Forrest seems to think that the personality of a person’s shoes by their shoe choice.
In opposition, I think Carrie sees her shoes as a piece of armor. Her shoes seem to determine a change in her confidence level and the power that she has when wearing them.
Carrie Bradshaw: “The fact is, sometimes it’s hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then – to make the walk a little more fun.”
Carrie Bradshaw: “But I’m very, very comfortable in heels. The higher the better.”
Carrie Bradshaw: “I’m not afraid of heights. Have you seen my shoes?”
That Time I Dislocated Four Bones In My Foot
When it comes to picking a shoe I am strictly a practical shopper. The other day for instance we were headed to a local fair. Before I even picked out if I was going to wear long pants or shorts I knew what would be on my feet.
There is nothing more practical than a thick cushion shoe for a long day of walking around all day, riding rides and dealing with all that comes along with being in a county fair setting.
I didn’t always stick so hard to my comfort rule, but in 2009 I dislocated four bones in my foot. Considering all things I was lucky that it was only my foot. It happened coming down a stairway from our second floor apartment to ground level. I didn’t just randomly run down the stairs. I was on a mission I was forced to chase my dog down the stairs after he decided he wanted to bite the ankles of the UPS man. It was a long crazy road back to normal and it has forever changed the way I look at my feet and shoes.
I’m not a small girl. I’ve been around 5’10” tall since junior high. As one would assume, my feet are a matching size.
Why does size matter?
- Because frankly a shoe that fits a person with a size 2 shoe clearly doesn’t look the same on a foot that is 5 times bigger, right?
- As a person of 5’10”, I also weigh what a person that tall weighs. The idea of me walking around on a chopstick sized heel seems really silly.
- If I were to wear a six in heel that would make me over six feet tall. For me I’m already tall enough. I don’t need to be any taller!
My husband and I had a great debate a few months ago about Vans Shoes. Even though these would be viewed as a casual and a comfort shoe, for me some styles of this brand of shoe just don’t fit my feet. Particularly the styles that have a lot of padding press on my bad foot in such a way that leaves my feet hurting for days.
Fashion Over Feel
Speaking of fit and function. Have you ever heard of foot binding?
Foot binding was the custom of applying tight binding to the feet of young girls to modify the shape of the foot. The practice possibly originated among upper-class court dancers during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period in Imperial China (10th or 11th century), then became popular during the Song dynasty and eventually spread to all social classes. Foot binding became popular as a means of displaying status (women from wealthy families, who did not need their feet to work, could afford to have them bound) and was correspondingly adopted as a symbol of beauty in Chinese culture. Its prevalence and practice however varied in different parts of the country. Feet altered by binding were called lotus feet. – Wikipedia
While the high heels of today don’t force a woman’s foot into the same extreme shape, there is a case for the idea that wearing a high heel shoe might be dangerous for a person’s health.
My Secret Carrie Wish
I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I wish I was more like a Carrie than a Forest. About once a week I wish that I could wear a style of shoes that someone on TV or a movie is wearing. If only my feet could ignore the feel of them in favor of the style.
I want to have that finished outfit and benefit from the confidence that comes along with being a sexy b!+ch! Never have I been looked at the way that Carrie Bradshaw has been looked at. Loved by the men and envied by the women. If I were to get a good pair of high heels I’m pretty sure that I’d be able to get the kind of attention a fahionista like Carrie would get.
Here is my #fridayfive list of favorite shoes. Some Forest. Some Carrie.
|Timberland Women’s Savin Hill Tall Boot
The Timberland Earthkeepers Savin Hill Tall is a sleek knee high boot. This boot features a convenient side zip for easy entry and an adjustable calf for a custom fit. The Savin Hill Tall Boot has a buckle detail to spice up this traditional riding boot. The Timberland Earthkeepers Savin Hill Tall looks great with leggings or skinny jeans!
Timberland set new industry standards for craftsmanship, durability and protection when it introduced an authentic, waterproof leather boot in 1973. A global leader in design, engineering and marketing of premium footwear, Timberland values consumers who cherish the outdoors and their time in it. Timberland has been an industry leader in the use of both sustainable and recycled materials in its shoes, as well as its footwear packaging. The Timberland Company believes in corporate responsibility and supports numerous civic and social projects throughout the year.
Command the sun and sand with the fresh beachside style of the Reef Sandy. This women’s flip flop features a mid-width woven polyester tubular strap for comfort. There is sanded texture on the footbed for traction. Reef-flex triple density EVA construction features anatomically correct arch support. This Reef sandal also has a durable, high density EVA outsole. The Reef Sandy holds up through a summer of fun!
You’ll be as comfy as can be in Reef’s Sandy flip flop. Its thick fabric bands stay put on your foot, while its EVA sole offers arch support and superior cushioning. The durable construction also features a textured outsole for traction during any outdoor activity.
Glass is our version of a glass slipper. A gorgeous second skin. She is ethereal and wears a bit like a fantasy.
| SKORA Women’s Core Running Shoe
Make every run the next best thing to barefoot with the zero-drop SKORA Core shoe. This women’s minimalist-inspired shoe features a water-resistant, breathable leather upper with an asymmetrical lacing system for a secure fit; the Agion� antimicrobial mesh lining creates a healthy, odor-free interior for dry comfort. The concave forefoot matches the natural shape of the foot, while anatomical flex grooves enhance your natural gait for maximum efficiency. The injected, blown rubber outsole incorporates a low-profile tread for reliable traction in the SKORA Core running shoe.
| CL by Chinese Laundry Women’s Immortal Orgnzslk Wedge Sandal
CL by Chinese Laundry is another Cels value-based brand, priced for the discriminating customer who’s looking for the hottest trends now. With CL by Chinese Laundry, she’s got access to a world of fresh, trendy shoes to wear with her most recent purchase. While definitely dress-oriented, CL by Chinese Laundry also introduces a bit of street-smart, casual attitude into its distinctive fashion mix. CL by Chinese Laundry appeals to the customer who’s unabashedly edgy and young in spirit. She’s got her own sense of style and her own unique scene–as well as her own keen eye for what makes a standout statement. For her, CL by Chinese Laundry is a great way to take risks without straining her budget. Who said current has to cost a lot?
So, the only thing left is to answer this: Are you a Forrest Gump or are you a Carrie Bradshaw when it comes to the shoes on your feet?