Shoes Style/comfort/Practicality & Realization
My Reality of which I have just come to accept very recently is that I have big feet. Big and wide and fussy feet. That I am learning to love. My feet are the foundation of who I am. They have carried me through 46 years of mountaintop in the valley experiences. Although I cried when I had to donate my US size 11 shoe wardrobe after realizing that I would now be a size 12 after my daughter was born and my feet were not going to revert back.
I know I literally went through the seven stages of grief from denial to acceptance. It was most certainly a journey that took time. I only have one pair of shoes that I kept from before the time my daughter was born. The shoes I love so much they are a pair of patent heels that I purchased from Payless Christian Siriano size 12 and so comfortable I can run in them like Carrie Bradshaw from SEX IN THE CITY.
(They are actually doing a reboot of the show on HBO)
I borrowed heavily from Angie for the 5 pair of shoes from Burlington something clicked in me when she wrote about wearing fashion sneakers. Accepting that this is my life and I’m moving more away from heels and booties and going into things that I can keep up with my toddler with. I’m also learning that for me and my feet i find men’s shoes are more comfortable and I can find stylish & comfortable ones even at a US size 12 women’s. I did go over to the women’s section but they only went up to a size 11. I also went to Nordstrom‘s on one of the days that I had off but I just didn’t like the price points for the ones that I could afford and I always kept looking at the men’s section so this is my current life and I’m very happy with my purchases and what was added to my shoe wardrobe.
OK so I’m gonna break this down let’s start with what I already had my wardrobe.
Pic2). Payless Patent Shoes Designer line
Pic3) Walmart Extended wide calf rainboots 11Wide (Surprisingly comfortable)
Pic 4-7 ) THRIFTED.
4) Jambu absolutely amazing to ware and unique
5)Payless DexFlex so dang comfortable bought new from thrift when Payless closed.
6)Sorel Winter Tundra Boots $140 retail paid $40 for them from the Thrift Store when we had a Blizzard here in the Chi that closed down our Lake Shore Drive 10 years ago.
7. Men’s Duck boots so comfy and waterproof.
8/9 random cheaply no names but color was needed in my wardrobe both have worn well are comfortable.
10) Walmart Time and Tru line. Surprising Comfortable but will slip indoors but grip out doors
11) Walmart - George men’s section. I just love these so much.
Recent Purchase Burlington coat factory 5 pair
12/13 Polo High Tops Leather. Love these so much and fits my style and my wide feet.
14/15 Clark’s well this is a well know comfort walking brand leather/suede
16/17 Fila Retro Classic style it’s different colorful shoe strings this Will most likely be my go to pair.
18/19 Levi 501 denim & leather so comfortable
20/21 Uncommon Foot. Leather Walking Shoe.
22) Fila I needed more color and this is more of stylish representation for me as a Black Woman.
23/24 Walmart George men’s line. walking/work shoes. Very comfortable and reasonably priced at $20 each