Can you walk a mile in Jimmy Choo’s?

There is a group of women, like my friend Sarah, who can walk for miles in in four inch heels without a whimper of complaint.

And then there’s me. A person who can’t resist a gorgeous pair of shoes but craves comfort above all else.

Does beauty trump comfort? How do I go from, “I am looking for a pretty, comfortable pair of shoes” to a closet filled with beautiful shoes I never wear because they torture my feet?

Here’s how:

I’m in the store. There they are. A pair of shoes I.must.have.

I gingerly put them on my feet. I admire their beauty.

I walk around the store thinking this is *the perfect pair of shoes*.

I convince myself they ARE comfortable despite any warning signs to the contrary. Anyway, how can you really know if a shoe fits from walking around a small store?

I purchase them, mentally picturing which outfits they will match.

Sometimes I discover I need a new outfit just for the pair of shoes. Oh! A shopping spree. My new shoes totally deserve the perfect outfit.

I plan an evening with Josh. I debut the shoes. I look fabulous. I feel fabulous.

Then we walk. Often not far. And I realize: these shoes HURT.

Sigh…I know from that moment on those shoes will be relegated to times when there is little-to-no walking.

Then I suffer the aftermath.


Deep wounds.

Mental scarring.


The shoes are sent to the shelf to be admired and only worn sparingly. Like this pair:

A pair of shoes I admire from a distance.

A pair of shoes I admire from a distance.

Sure they are stunning but those leather straps dig ditches into my legs. I wore them recently and a woman passing by exclaimed “I LOVE THOSE SHOES”. I wanted to reply “Me too! Too bad my legs are about to bleed”.

I particularly love this pair:

These are an example of shoes that can eventually be broken in.

These are an example of shoes that can eventually be broken in.

In fact, I love these so much I purchased an adorable skirt from Anthropologie to match them.

And this pair?

I ran across the store to grab this pair.

I ran across the store to grab this pair.

I got into a physical fight with my best friend over these. At the time a bitch slap seemed warranted but looking back I might have gone a bit far. (To be fair the bitch slap was a result of my friend insulting the size of my feet).

I want to be the type of woman that can wear any shoes and simply walk without the fear of wounds. But I’m not. Instead I wear a pair of purple Birkenstocks (summer) or Dansko clogs (winter) while I collect more and more lovely shoes that sit contently in my shoe rack waiting for their moment.

When will I find that perfect pair of shoes? The equivalent of Cinderella’s glass slipper? Are they out there just waiting for me?



6 thoughts on “Can you walk a mile in Jimmy Choo’s?

  1. Kim says:

    At this stage in my life, comfort trumps beauty in almost every situation! Long live flip flops! (if only I could wear them in the winter!)

  2. Janelle says:

    Should you ever decide you no longer want those pair of leather strappies, I’d be happy to take them off your hands. 🙂

  3. Sadie says:

    Damn, I wish we were the same size! Hehe! I can take the pain, and cute always trumps comfy in my book, though the ultimate is having both. : )

  4. […] Me: Fine. Let’s start with shoes. (here’s where I become slightly fashionable, but I ALWAYS regret shoes that look great but hurt my feet.) […]

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