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Date: 4/27/14 10:25 PM

Why can't designers make shoes that are awesomely cute AND do not kill our feet????

I just returned from a wedding. I noticed that every woman there brought slippers and flip-flops to change into for the reception and dancing. Now I see that Heidi Klum is advertising shoe inserts to "tame the shoes". Then I saw an article where some women are having foot surgery to fit into shoes? What is going on?

Isn't this all backwards? Come on Heidi. How about using your influence to have shoes designed that look great and are at least somewhat comfortable to wear for a couple of hours.

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Date: 4/27/14 10:54 PM

I just can't wear uncomfortable shoes anymore. I tend to lean toward Dansko and Earth now. Both have heel styles that are comfortable that I can wear to my office. They shift your weight somehow so it's different than wearing other heels.

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Date: 4/27/14 10:57 PM

I'm glad I live in the land of Flip Flops... seriously... You see them all year long here.

It's goofy to see Ugg boots on my clients one week.. (in January) .. and then they show up in Flip Flops at every possible chance that the weather breaks freezing here. lol

My favorite Birkenstock store closed here a few years ago - and I had a beat up pair that finally hit the trash can last fall.

I'm really thinkin' I need to search out another pair.

But for me... the *one* year I worked in an office (of my own, even)... and I wore shoes all day... oh, man... I had more probs then than ever.

Working from home - I'm barefoot more than anything.. and if I really want to be presentable (without getting a pedi) ... I wear socks. Big whooop, huh?

It is the pits to be invited to some event where shoes that are actually attractive are required. lol

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Date: 4/27/14 11:13 PM

This is one of those "I'm soooooooo lucky to be a guy!" times. I can wear Red Wing work boots all year long, every day of the week, and never raise an eyebrow, or a corn or blister.

Love my Red Wings!!!

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Date: 4/27/14 11:16 PM

I think most of the big name, most expensive shoes are horrendously ugly, and so oppressive to women. Strangely, they make women's feet look even larger than they are. Our culture objectifies women even worse now than when I was in high school, and that was almost 40 years ago. I remember when well-dressed women wore Bally or Ferragamo. I've been watching some of the "Housewife" shows I think I've caught an episode or two of all but the NY one. Unfortunately I think that those and the "red carpet" drive most of what women aspire to today. Norman Norell, Edith Head, where are you??

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Date: 4/27/14 11:28 PM

Flip flops are not comfortable to me at all! no support, having to constantly try to keep them on... and no protection to my feet. That would drive me insane.

I like Dansko, SAS (the original owner died, daughter has taken over and some cute styles have came and she is working on more!), and the coveted Gabora! Naturalizer is hit and miss but a lot of styles to choose from, once in a while I hit on a very comfy and cute Naturalizer. But, mainly you have to go high end... and walk around the shoe store at least 30 minutes in them before choosing.

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Date: 4/27/14 11:36 PM

I search high and low for comfortable dressy shoes. These Pikolinos Shoes are extremely comfortable.
They don't look like they would be, but they are like walking on air!

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Date: 4/27/14 11:36 PM

It's crazy, isn't it? Wouldn't they all be upset if fashion changed and it was all the rage to have feet like a Greek goddess?

Me, I'm pretty much in the comfortable-shoes camp. I wish it was easier to get cute flats in more sizes and widths.

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Date: 4/27/14 11:56 PM

Quote: Speech girl
I search high and low for comfortable dressy shoes. These Pikolinos Shoes are extremely comfortable.

They don't look like they would be, but they are like walking on air!




For $145, I would think so!

All kidding aside, those are nice looking.

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Date: 4/28/14 0:23 AM

It depends on the flip flops. I hiked miles in my Mick Fannings on St. John, and I was wearing those because they were more comfortable to hike in than my Keens. Those gave me blisters under the callus on the side of my big toe!

I wouldn't even think of doing that in my cheap flip flops, or my wedge heeled Teva flip flops (although those are fine for hours on city streets, just not rough trails), but not all flippy floppies are created equal.

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