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Date: 9/7/06 11:24 PM

I have to carefully choose shoes for myself these days(foot/knee probs.), and I am sick and tired of not being stylish. I am looking at the very flat shoes that are back in fashion. I love those that are wide enough for my 10D foot and that have the rounded toes. Last week I passed up a red(never have had/always wanted) pair only because I got scared off when I checked them in the mirror.
My ankles are thick but not puffy (never have been slim,even when I was , but maybe that doesn't matter. What do you think, gals?
(I'm 5'6" tall and wear Big 4 22 top,24-26 pants, and am in my mid 50s but don't look too bad because I have looked after my skin/hair.)
I long to wear cute flats but also don't want to look foolish. I would really appreciate any opinions.

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Date: 9/7/06 11:31 PM

My 2c - I'm 5'4" and have worn heels and platforms since high school to get me chin-level with others but right now I'm sitting in some cute beaded flats from Payless which have become some of my favorites. They scared me for a bit when I first bought them (but they were only $7, how could I leave them there unloved?) because they are sparkly and I'm just not used to dressing for flats. However now they're my first shoes to go to with jeans. I love them. So, if it helps, you have my permission to get a pair of fun, comfortable flats. Wear them a few times out just because and then, if you find yourself reaching for them other times, great! If not ... well, it was a good experiment. :)

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Date: 9/7/06 11:36 PM

Have you looked at Zappos? They have tons of styles and if they don't fit, they take returns very readily. It is more difficult to get a fit when buying online but I just keep exchanging them for a comfortable fit.

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Date: 9/7/06 11:37 PM

As another person with a large "under"-standing (sorry, my dear Dad used to call them that) in size 9 1/2, I find that I can wear flats and not look as if I have a pair of pontoons sticking out if I have a wider leg pant.

Go for it girl!

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Date: 9/7/06 11:52 PM

I've always liked flats. I, too, have wide feet, and trying to squeeze my high arches into anything constricting just doesn't work.

Life is too short (and the lines are too long) to wear uncomfortable shoes!

Edited to add: incidentally, when I was in high school, my mother insisted on buying a spare pair of shoes in red (twice!), and neither pair really got worn more than half a dozen times (although the navy pair were worn to pieces before I finally had to let them go). I guess I never really found something to wear that I thought would go with the red shoes, so I always wore different shoes. I don't know if that helps with your decision or not.
-- Edited on 9/7/06 11:56 PM --

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Date: 9/8/06 0:07 AM

I do wear some flat shoes, but only if they flatter my foot. For me, that means an open toe or with maybe an interesting cutout on the side or interesting stitching - which also helps make the foot look a bit smaller. I am 5'6" and wear a size
8-1/2 and have high arches. I will NOT wear pointy shoes...I am way way past the days of wanting to hurt my toes.

I usually only wear flats with straight skirts, tho. What few pants I have look better with a bit higher heel. Actually, I was beginning to think of wearing a higher heeled shoe, but after trying on a few this past weekend, I'm thinkin' I may be rethinking! Wobble much? Hee.

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Date: 9/8/06 0:23 AM

Aless if you like the style of the red shoes, go back & get them!
If you end up deciding you can't do the red shoe thing, you could have the colour changed to a less vibrant red. With 10D's I imagine even finding a pair you like is tough, the range must be pretty limited?

Mel

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Date: 9/8/06 0:33 AM

I have a lot of back/knee/hip problems --and chronic tendonitis in one achilles tendon. And pronating ankles/feet ...and a knee that tends to just fold up if I take a bum step...(WAY too many years of 60 hour/ week on my feet jobs. Once I STOPPED doing that running around and started sitting down to work, everything just sort of seized up!) I actually find that really flat shoes are more pain-inducing than those with a slight heel. My ankles puff up like a Sicilian grandmas if I wear flat flats and I'm toddling like an old lady after about 4 hours of walking in them. Actually, I can't wear flat flats anymore: My orthotics (yes...and I'm not nearly old enough) won't fit inside them.

Whatever you do, go for insole support. And some "springy" cushioning at your heel/ball of foot. I find European shoemakers can manage flat and comfortable at the same time--Joseph Seibels, Reikers, Dansk for walking--sorta beyond the whole stylish or not question-- Enzo Angiolini, Etienne Aigner, Franco Sarto, BCBG for comfortable and kinda funky/cool/hip things that I can stand to wear for longer than a few minutes. (I've barely been out of Dansk clogs for the past 5 years until this summer. A heartbreak for me...I love shoes.)

Good luck!

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Date: 9/8/06 1:58 AM

Do I wear flats?

Do I wear anything BUT flats?

I don't wear anything with a heel higher than an inch and a half for ANY reason. Occasion, fashion, trying to be taller, whatever. And I rarely even go that high. One inch or less. I don't care if I look stupid or fat. My feet aren't going to hurt, and I am not going to fall off my shoes, period.

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Date: 9/8/06 2:21 AM

An inch and a half is my limit, too. I'm incapable of staying up on heels.

I just can't do flat as a pancake flat. Those make EVERYTHING hurt. I can feel the lack of cartiledge between my grinding discs and the loss of meniscus in my grinding knees with every step in flat leather soles with no heels. And my ankles start billowing over low-vamp insteps in very short order. Forget straps.

I'm strictly a sensible shoes kinda girl. I need to be able to tell myself I could still make a feasible run for a receding bus or train if I absolutely had to. I haven't actually MADE it in a couple of years...but I do still try now and then. I really MISS all those springy, functioning connective tissues I had in my 30s.

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Chuck Close, painter, printmaker, photographer

Hope has two lovely daughters: Anger and Courage

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