What do you do when you can no longer wear high heels? I have always loved high heels. I feel better; I know that I look better. I am an average 5 foot 4 ½ inches. That half inch is very important. For years I swore that I was 5 foot five, but I seem to have lost half an inch somewhere along the way…..a combination of growing older and a discectomy 28 years ago, I guess!
As a young one, I wore platforms in the ‘70s and then moved on to stilettos. I remember tottering across Front Square in TCD as an undergraduate in ridiculously dangerous heels. I squeezed my feet into borrowed shoes a size too small on many an occasion, all for the sake of fashion. In more recent years, a bad back put paid to wearing anything too high during the day, but a night out meant heels… and the higher the better.
However, I now find it increasingly difficult to find comfortable shoes (bunions don’t help) and I simply can’t wear flats or low heels with some of my dresses. I am encouraged by the more stylish flat/low heels coming into the shops recently, but they don’t suit many of my dresses and in all seriousness, they are not as sexy as high heels!
So I have been scouring the shops for shoes and the opinions of friends. Those who still persevere with high heels recommend gel soles and gel cushions to help alleviate the pain. They certainly help and can be found in many chemists, Boots and a much more affordable Penneys.
One of my friends, Gillian, has a solution to jazzing up her sensible wide-fitting shoes. She uses Christmas decorations! These were bought in Marks & Spencer, but you can find similar or even more sparkly ones in many shops. How clever is that!
In October, I wore these gorgeous red shoes to Marie’s wedding in Kinsale. Yes, they are a medium heel and they were very comfortable (bought in Arnotts just under 200 euro) I have worn them several times since, so even though they were expensive, they are worth it. I have a leopard print pair from Dune (also Arnotts) in the same kitten heel which are half the price and equally comfortable.
But my quest for a little more height brought me to Clarkes, where I found a high heel in black (70 euro) which are like wearing high heel slippers because of a soft padded permanent insole……seriously….. I recently danced for hours in them with no ill effects the next day. Now I am well aware that they are not the prettiest, but hey they are comfortable (the platform helps). I hate to admit it, but sometimes comfort wins over fashion. My stylist daughter will probably disown me for that last comment!