I love my wedges because I feel like I can clatter around in them all day without the discomfort and damage I associate with stiletto heels (my favourites are a hard-wearing pair of strappy wedge sandals on a towering wooden platform. Gorgeous!)
But, if I’m honest, after 10 hours on those wooden blocks my feet are a little fatigued. I’ve been a big advocate of the wedge as a healthy alternative to heels, but I’m beginning to wonder if my enthusiasm is based on fact.
Are wedges better than heels?
Wedges are often considered sensible because they provide the chunkiest of heels – minimising the wobble that can lead to ankle sprains. However, like heels, high wedges can still put strain on the ball of your foot. Because platforms and wedges tend to have rigid soles, they can mess with your natural stride by preventing your feet from bending.
Flatter platforms lessen pressure on the ball of your foot – often the trouble with heels – and experts would at least have you consider a platform that’s nearly parallel with the ground (in a stroke of luck for those who want their wedges fashionable and comfortable, 2012 is a very good year for the ‘flatform’.)
Then again, when I consider the many drawbacks of heels, wedges still look kind of virtuous. Most of us know about ‘hammer toes’ – but that’s just one of a bunch of painful (and sometimes permanent) problems caused by high heels, including bone deformities, bunions, inflammation, fractures, sprains, osteoarthritis and nerve pain.
Are any fashion shoes safe?
Even flip-flops and ballet flats have their perils. The flattest flats and flip-flops give no arch support, which can lead to problems for your feet, knees, hips and back. (But you can always seek more support by putting orthotic inserts into ballet flats, or choosing sporty ‘fitted’ flip-flops.)
‘Sensible shoes’ may sound ugly, but that tag has nothing to do with style. In short, sensible means arch support, wiggle room for toes, a chunky heel no more than 5cm high, a sole with a little flexibility and the golden rule – they must always be in the right size.
You’ll want to rely on your feet for a lifetime, so treating them well is worthwhile.
If your feet are in good shape but you still want to scale the wicked heights of fashion in stilettos and platform wedges, then try to be a little sensible in the way you wear them.
Get them out to glam up on occasion, but try not to spend too long on your feet and give yourself a chance to recover between wears.
I hope you enjoyed these tips to taking care of your fashionable feet so they can last you a lifetime!
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(Lastly, the ubiquitous goofy pose after being honked at/stared down/slowdrive-by'd)
tunic c/o OASAP.COM, palazzo pants from my MOM, collar c/o BEGINNING BOUTIQUE, cuff gifted by my friend NICO, Sabine platforms via PIPERLIME
I actually recently posted an outfit with this sheer tunic (here), but once I saw these amazing sheer and layered trousers, I knew the two had to be paired together. I topped it off with simple silver hardware,
a sharp cateye, and wooden platforms to prevent me from accidental tripping on the long hem of the pants.
The light summer breeze makes these trousers come to life, it's absolutely amazing.
What's your ideal summer outfit?
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This label has risen to fashion fame thanks to various names in the industry (most notably collabs between Rumi Neely and Leandra Medine). All of Dannijo's pieces have a stunning rock-star feel and I would love to own one...where's my $500 now...
The Shourouk website itself perfectly represents the label and its aesthetic. I adore the quirk and the uniqueness of their jewelry--I loved how they separated their necklaces into "poetic" and "sassy."
Tom Binns was the first label of costume jewelry that I ever stumbled upon. There was a short interview with him in a magazine I read a few years ago and that was when I fell in love with the flashy and even garish nature of his work. Past necklaces included reworking safety pins and drab chains into fabulous statement necklaces.
And last but not least, Erickson Beamon cannot be forgotten! I feel like their pieces transcend all age groups and can be elegant on just about anyone. Their FW11 presentation was absolutely breathtaking and I hope that I will be able to attend one in the future!
As recommended by the lovely Hope, I cured some summer boredom by creating a summer inspo board with my Elles, Vogues, Rivieras, and random magazine cutouts that were lying uselessly in a box. It definitely kept me occupied, and I rekindled my love for making collages!
This collage is actually four-pronged, with different "themes" at each of the corners.
Top Left was inspired by vintage swimwear and retro beach looks. I love the contrast of classic b&w with punchy brights.
Top Right was a nod to a crisp, clean palette that always comes to mind when I feel a cool breeze sifting through my curtains. The Calvin Klein ad was fantastic and I just had to pair it with some other dazzling white pieces.
Lower Right was inspired by the tropical heat of summer! I think the focal piece of the section were the Tabitha Simmons sneakers (via Neiman Marcus spring catalogue-OOH they're on sale too!). A perfectly preppy shoe (note, stripes, single tie, boat shoe style, woven rope platform), this pair is definitely going on my wishlist.
Lower Left was inspired by dainty and demure pieces. Karlie looks fabulous in her well-tailored cropped jacket and dress, no? The chained bow bag is adorable as well, and I couldn't resist putting some macarons there too. (PS amazing Reed Krakoff tote peeking at the right, it is PERFECT, perfect I tell you.)
Aaaannnd a couple of tracks