I know I should probably be lusting over some incredible Jimmy Choos or the latest Louboutins but after a recent trip to the chiropodist I can’t stop looking at bespoke (mildly orthapedic) footwear. I hurt my foot some years ago wearing some 1940’s stillettous (that officially needed reheeling) and indulging in one too many shandys, I managed to slip and sprain my foot. After a couple of years of wearing high-street footwear I found the injury had gotten progressivly worse, so, I took the adult step (uh-huh) and went to the chiropodist. I spent a good hour being advised against the high-street staples I’d grown accostomed to, with ballet pumps being the number one offender. Ballet pumps provide zero support for the foot and inevitably end up permanantly damaging the foot. I was also advised that the perfect heel is 1″ and that a shoe that encases the top of the foot and fastens up means that the foot does not move around avoiding an unbalanced foot tread when walking.
With the increase of fast fashion retailers more often than ever young (budget consious) consumers are opting for cheaply made fashionable footwear with styles like ballet pumps, Ugg-esque boots, desert boots and slip on loafers becoming some of the best selling styles. Unfortunately the longterm effect of todays mass produced best sellers are yet to be discovered.
My Mother always advised me against ‘cheap shoes’ and from now on I think I will be listening more intently. I’m happy to say that my chiropodist informed me that with the correct support from some good shoes my foot issue will not be long-term. I am now dead set on buying myself some custom made, bespoke shoes and thought I’d share a few of my current shortlist.
The bespoke shoes are of course a more expensive option but they last a long time, remember, a shoe worth wearing is worth repairing!
Yours increasingly practical,
The Fabulous Times