When you ask women why they love shoes so much, they’ll probably tell you that they love the way footwear makes them feel. Dr. Valerie Steele, one of the curators of the Shoe Obsession exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology, adds, “Maybe it’s because shoes are sculptural. Clothing, when worn, just lies there flat, lifeless. But shoes seem to have an autonomous quality, which may explain why our obsession with shoes seems to have reached new heights.”
As women, we can’t help but obsess over shoes, buying more pairs to create our dream collection, which vary from timeless classics to runway-worthy creations. But the hardest lesson we have to learn as fashion-forward women is that it can be painful to look good, and that the prized possessions in our shoe collection are often the most uncomfortable to wear. Yet, we slip on those sky-high stilettos because our outfits would never fly with an underwhelming shoe.
Since our prettiest pairs aren’t usually made for walking, we switch our pumps with walkers during a commute to and from work. Sneakers are an obvious choice in terms of comfort, though they rarely ever match our work attire, so we try to look for something a little more stylish.
Here is a selection of footwear that will keep you looking chic during your commute:
The Moto Boot
Despite its motorcycle aesthetic, moto boots are actually one of the most versatile boots out there, as they can be worn with anything from feminine floral dresses, to ripped jeans and a tee. In a video clip by City Soles TV, the model pairs her combats with a sweater dress that transforms into office attire once she changes into heels at work.
The Foldable Ballet Flat
The godsend for the business woman (as well as the party girl), the foldable flats can easily be slipped into your purse, and can save you from blistered feet and twisted ankles. They remind us that we don’t always have to sacrifice comfort for style.
The Penny Loafer
Modern designs provide a sneaker-like sole and a sleeker outer finish that’s fit for your days off and the subway ride to work.
Author Bio: Lacey Teegan
As a daughter of a fashion photographer, Lacey discovered her love for fashion at a very young age. Currently studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she regularly freelances for several fashion publications in hopes of one day working for them full time.