One of the serendipitous joys of my job is a 30 minute walk to work. On those summer days when San Francisco presents its usual fog and and cloud cover, I’m happy in my uniform of pants and low Beautifeel heels. Dang those things are comfortable.
But come a warm morning I hate to put on socks. Toes demand liberation. And I might even wear a dress, these days. Beautifeel, unfortunately, gives bad sandal. And it turns out to be harder than one might think to find open-toed shoes that are both reasonably work-appropriate – even for my astonishingly informal office – and comfortable enough for a brisk long-ish walk. I know the comfort brands beyond Beautifeel, i.e. Naot, Earthies, Sofft, Mephisto, Arche, Birkenstocks – but I’ve had trouble finding models that fit my particular parameters.
Oh, and despite my love of flip-flops, I will not wear them nor any other thong shoe to the office.
So first I bought these. They were comfortable for the first 15, but no good for a 30 minute walk. Back to Nordstrom they will go. Too bad. I rather like their look.
Then I bought these, online. They were a) too big b) uncomfortable c) ugly. Three strikes when one was good enough for disqualification. Boy I hate trekking to the post office, with the focused beam of German car headlights I hate it, but back they will go too.
Finally, I trotted off to my local Shoes That Don’t Hurt store (that isn’t its name, but it should be), and brought these home. Even in Artsy Fauxlaroid World they are what they are, serviceable, not-too-ugly, black, sandals. That in fact allow a brisk morning canter to the office.
Hmm. Perhaps an Instagram filter will make these hip?
I wear them with jeans, and even with Dries. One does what one must.
Then yesterday the Highland Fashionista posted some Sofft open-toe booties with a little more edge. Hmm. The Sturdy Gal is fine with her black sandals. The Artsy Cousin within is considering the implications of a foot zipper, with a degree of desire.
Any more leads on truly comfortable, casual work-appropriate, a little bit hip, hot-weather-wearable shoes? Of course, this being San Francisco, the City that lives to shiver summer tourists, I may be fine with just one pair.