Style or ComfortWhich one matters more when you're looking for shoes or boots? Of course, we could ask why not both: style and comfort. I mean, why should style and comfort be mutually exclusive?
Then again, I would never compromise comfort. Not even for style, which is why you never see me wearing heels. Not even for an evening, or a special occasion. I have no use for shoes I can't walk in.
So when JD Williams asked me to promote their campaign about shoes that make us embrace new challenges, it got me thinking. Yes, life is at times very busy, I'm often in a hurry, and I need to be out and about in all sorts of weather. I need good shoes to get me through the day. And my feet deserve the best. After all, they take me wherever I need to go.
The problem is, my feet are also rather demanding: they need shoes with thick soles and cushioning or they make me miserable. So, I'm very picky when it comes to my shoes.
Let's take boots, for example. I counted that I have 7 pairs of boots. And 4 pairs of ankle boots. And I wear maybe 2 or 3 of them on a regular basis... Yes, I do have favourite shoes, and favourite boots, doesn't everyone?
But it's not about preferring a particular style. It's about comfort. I only wear the boots I find comfortable to walk in. And the others? Well, it seems they're just taking up space in my closet...
So, comfortable shoes...I know, it has such a negative ring to it, but there's really no reason for it. Comfortable shoes can make you feel confident and strong. Comfortable shoes take you to interesting places.
It's really very simple: when you don't have to waste time thinking about how much your feet hurt, you can focus on getting where you're going.
Besides, comfortable shoes are cool and stylish: they make a strong style statement when you match them with equally cool accessories.
But comfortable shoes are hard to findSo, when I find a good pair of shoes, I buy two of them, maybe in different colours. But I've been known to buy multiples of the exact same pair of shoes, too. I usually justify this on the grounds that I keep shuttling between two homes in two countries, and it would sort of make sense to have the same shoes in both places, no need to carry them back and forth. It's a good idea, in theory. But of course it doesn't work quite like that, and at some point all my shoes end up in one place...
I'm also very loyal to my favourite brandsI think it makes sense: certain brands are usually kind to my demanding feet. And I hate looking for something, I find it's just a complete waste of time. So, I just keep going back to the same brands that have worked for me in the past.
The things is, I need shoes with cushioned insoles. That's a must, not negotiable. I'm not talking about minor discomfort here; I'm having quite a lot of problems with my feet. And I assume that as I get older, it's only going to get worse. So, it really doesn't matter how pretty the shoes are if they make my feet hurt.
Looking at these pictures now I can't wait to pack away my winter shoes. And after two days of rain washing away the snow I was beginning to think I could go shopping for new shoes for spring soon.
And then it started snowing again... OK, it's only February, way too soon, I know. But I'm so done with winter, wake me up in April, OK?
Which one do you prioritise, style or comfort?
PS: This is a sponsored post: JD Williams has gifted me a pair of shoes that I can't wait to show you. Unfortunately, as I'm currently ankle deep in snow again, that might take a while...
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