Owning comfortable shoes is a must when living in Manhattan. Miles are walked each day, and inappropriate footwear can be cause of major and minor maladies. It’s also important to look as fashionable as possible while maintaining comfort. This isn’t an easy task, and can be especially tough when on a budget.
I personally have a difficult time finding the perfect pair of flats. Flats tend to give me blisters at the heel. The most disappointing part of a new shoe purchase, is the deceit. Even ballerina flats can be quite deceitful. They are cute and appear to be comfy. Often they feel squishy and wonderful inside my apartment. I try them on and swear they are keepers. But the true test — I walk down the street. And Viola! A blister magically appears.
This has happened several times and twice I have returned the shoes. When paying more than $150 for a pair of Cole Haan shoes, I expect that I should be able to walk a few avenues across the island of Manhattan and be blister-free. What good is a pair of walking shoes that can only be sat in? Exactly.
Recently I purchased another pair of flats and wore them 3 blocks– yes– one, two, three, and I got 2 blisters. That is 1 blister for every 1.5 blocks. On top of this, just two days later I wore a pair of shoes that I have owned for about a year and a half, and I got a blister on the top of my big toe while walking through the West Village. Now I have 3 painful blisters on my two already deformed feet (from all of those years of ballet), and I can only wear flip flops without discomfort and it is 52 degrees outside.
My painfully blistered toes will soon be frostbitten from the temps, and I won’t be able to feel anything, nor will I need a pedicure.
If I can ever feel my damaged toes again, I may have to upgrade to Prada, labeled as some of the most well-made shoes on the market.