Since moving to New York City four years ago, I’ve been on a long, frustrating quest to find shoes that are both cute and comfortable.
And by comfortable, I specifically mean no blisters after walking my normal commute distance, which is about two miles. Yeah, exactly: Very few shoes are comfortable after two miles of walking. And even fewer comfortable shoes are also cute.
But I did it! I did it! I found comfortable, cute shoes! With high heels! I stumbled across these puppies at Loehmann’s a couple of weeks ago.
The trick is flexibility — the sole is made of a flexible, soft plastic, the instep is heavily padded, and the straps have elastic in them so they stretch with every step.
Sadly, the brand is somewhat obscure: Vertan, from Italy.
There’s nothing quite like emerging from my office in these shoes, into the warm New York summer evening weather, with Justin Timberlake streaming into my iPod. I stride like a supermodel all the way to the subway.