Monday I almost killed myself walking into work wearing black pumps (as pictured above). My personal goal of wearing the heels for at least half the day failed before making it past the parking lot. The shoes were too big, and even with inserts, my foot slipped swiftly out of my footwear, making me look like a toppling, wounded giraffe. Thank goodness I caught myself before my nose hit the pavement. And, thank goodness I brought an extra pair of flats.
I’ve never had an impressive collection of stilettos. Over the years, maybe I’ve picked up one or two that are really beautiful. Honestly, I never thought I had a reason to buy them, especially as a college student living in Ithaca, N.Y. Traipsing through ten inches of snow in stilettos is not exactly my idea of sane. With that said, I do have a respect for the stiletto and I have always associated the shoe with the look of a career woman. So, now, I feel like I have no excuse as to why I shouldn’t be able to wear one. After all, here I am, in my 20s, working full time, living in the “real world” and trying to be a classy lady.
Problems that frequently end in a fall: I like walking fast, I don’t pick up my feet enough and I can’t help but slide on any flooring but carpet. So, instead of looking like a stylish lady, I end up looking like a walking disaster. But, I’m determined.
In the past few months, my theory remains that practice makes perfect. I’m bandaging my heels, sticking in the inserts, trying to stand up straight and wearing the heels as often as I feel crazy enough to try them again. Honestly, I really need to get a pair that fit and aren’t making my soles go completely vertical.
Most ladies I know that sport the heel daily say they’ve been wedging their toes in vertical shoes for years. Also, I have found that what type of insert you put in your shoe makes the difference – some inserts support your arch while others cushion your heel. Every foot is different – so tying a few different kinds might make the difference between pain and elegance. Also, I have heard that the kind of leather used to make the shoe can affect the comfort – sometimes investing in a more expensive shoe could save you a few blisters. If you need help walking like a lady, like I do, check out some of the links below. Also, if you lust over stylish pumps, check out my Pinterest board: Walk like a lady.