• Walking on Air: Finding Comfortable Shoes

    “Mom, I will pick out my own dress. And no, I will not wear high heels. Because heels are a male invention designed to make women’s butts look smaller… and to make it harder for them to run away.”–Amanda Bynes as Viola, She’s the Man.

    Hey guys,
    So, as some of my ‘back in the day’ readers may know, I have a debilitating, yet manageable foot affliction…called a bunion. The little sucker on my left foot has caused me many nights, days, and weekends of pain.


    Said foot with Starfish, Nassau, Bahamas, ca. 2005
    Anyway after dealing with this dern thing for…over a decade…I decided to finally pay a visit to a podiatrist. He promptly told me that I needed a very scary surgery that would basically have me out of commission and in an ugly boot for 8 weeks. Eek!!!
    Anyway, I of course had to ask him the most important question: “Will I be able to wear heels???” He replied, “You can wear heels, but you should only wear them on special occasions. As it stands, you shouldn’t wear heels for long amounts of time.” Quelle horreur!
    Thankfully there are lots of chic flat and wedge styles that will look perfectly cute with dresses, capris, and skirts for spring.
    Claire’s picks:

    Clockwise from top left: Calvin Klein Gracyn Flat, $99, www.nordstrom.com; Report Blushing Flat, $64, zappos.com
    Mamba Skimmers, $98, www.anthropologie.com; Rugby Skimmer, $25.50, www.alloy.com; Nine West Gain Shoe, $79, www.ninewest.com; Lindsey Shoes by Dru New York, $126, www.drunewyork.com; Jewel Skimmers, $118, www.anthropologie.com; Steve Madden Plus Shoe, $64, zappos.com
    Center: Tory Burch Nappa Leather Reva Ballet Flat, $195, shopbop.com

    Alright, flats are cute and all…but a girl’s gotta have a little height!
    Although the doctor didn’t approve these wedges, in my experience wedge shoes are a lot more comfortable than sole crushing stilettos.
    My selections:

    Clockwise from top left: Striped Mini Wedge, $29.50, www.alloy.com; Nine West Yamaris, $79, www.nordstrom.com; Charlize Air Pump, $275, www.colehaan.com; Cork T-Strap Platform Sandal, $78, www.bananarepublic.com; Madison Harding Open Toe Canvas Wedge, $220, www.girlshop.com; Sam Edelman Indigo Wedge, $99, www.nordstrom.com; Kenneth Cole Reaction Over the Hill, $83, zappos.com
    Steve Madden Ntice Pump, $125, www.nordstrom.com. Center: Goldenbleu Caitlyn Wedge, $451, shopbop.com

    I threw in the Cole Haan Nike Air shoes for fun…I heard on Oprah that they were way comfortable. Maybe I’ll buy a pair and try ’em out.
    Anything for comfort!
    PS Madonna’s H&M collection invades stores tomorrow.

    I’m still on the fence about whether or not I’m gonna participate in the melee. I’ll let ya know!
    PSS Get Free Shipping at Zappos!


    Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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