Those of you who are regular readers know that my feet are not my best asset and shoe shopping can be a nightmare. I squeezed my not so dainty feet into shoes that were too tight and too high for more years than I care to remember. And now I pay the price with feet that are not so pretty. I have dozens of pairs that have probably only had one painful outing and now are relegated to the back of the wardrobe. I don’t know why I keep them. It is unlikely that they will ever see the light of day again.
Summer sandals and shoes particularly pose a problem.
Whether at home or on holidays, I always like to walk, so for me comfortable footwear is a must. Recently, I have found myself heading more and more to Clarks in the summer months to find attractive yet ‘wear-all-day’ shoes and sandals.
Last year, I bought this black suede pair (snakeskin effect) pictured below which have amazing underfoot cushioning. According to their website, it ‘restores feet to their natural position so you move in a way that’s best for you’.
I have walked for hours in them and loved them so much that when I saw them back in the stores again this year, I purchased them in a lovely bright tangerine, one of my favourite colours. In this instance, I don’t think style has been sacrificed for comfort. Even the stylist daughter approves.
However, she doesn’t particularly like my white leather wedges, also bought there, but I can wear them all evening, stand, walk and even dance in them with no ill effects so I am not giving them up. I wore them many times on our recent cruise with my maxis and they hide my bunions! I have seen them in stores recently, reduced to €50.
Clarks has certainly moved with the times and while once the name was synonymous with comfortable footwear, now stylish and innovative can be added to the list also. If you were plagued with wide feet, that was where you shopped. When I went online to research this post, I was surprised to see the variety and the range of shoes, boots and runners available. The different cushioning on offer is mind-blowing, as is the technology behind it all.
But what has impressed me is the fact that they have taken on young designers. Clarks has emerged from the Dark Ages in the last number of years and I am only beginning to notice. Did you know that they also teamed up with Orla Kiely and and collaborated with her on several occasions? I didn’t.
My main gripe (yes I do have one) is that we here in Ireland have only a fraction of their trendy design-led shoes in our stores. Why is that, I wonder? Yes, you can go online www.clarks.co.uk and peruse and purchase from a vast array of children’s, men’s and women’s shoes, but I prefer to try on and try out first.
With our temperamental weather in Ireland, a pair of summer trainer-style shoes is a must and I purchased this stylish, silver-coloured leather pair in Shoe B Doo in Malahide earlier this summer and they have proven to be invaluable. Again, you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. Priced at €70, from the Jenny label (same as Reiker), you might still find them in some larger stores.
So maybe I will cull my shoes and do a wardrobe clear-out so I can return to Clarks and Shoe B Doo for some winter shoes. Yes, it is time to treat my feet with the love and attention they deserve. After all, I hope to have a lot more walking and dancing ahead of me.