Nor do they wax nostalgic for the shoes of the turbulent sixties and early seventies. Flower children, demanding an organic and inherently comfortable approach to fashion in general and footwear in specific, day-tripped through the tulips in sandals and tie-dyed tennis sneakers. Unisex styles, which meant women were afforded the same comfort level demanded by men, underscored the women's liberation movement's demand for sexual equality toward the decade's end. When the hippies grew up and joined the emancipated women working nine to five in the eighties, they climbed the rungs of the corporate ladder sporting the same treacherous towers as their mothers. 

Not much has changed in that respect: heels are back for both this spring and next fall and fancy footwear echoes the dressed up nuances of post millennium fashion.  This does not have to mean you are doomed to a future of podiatric torture.  It does mean you have to do some homework and some careful looking around. While I cannot promise you will unearth that elusive shoe that feels as good as it looks, I can pass along some no-nonsense advice to get your shoe shopping excursion started off on the right foot.

Buying shoes requires common sense. I do not recommend that you buy from a catalog or on-line because each manufacturer has their own standard of what a particular size should be, and even this can change. There is simply no better way to buy shoes that will be comfortable and stylish than at a large well-stocked store. There you are afforded the opportunity to try on a variety of sizes from a plethora of manufacturers. On many individuals, one foot is slightly larger than the other. In this case, always buy the shoe for the larger foot. Also, your shoe size will not stay constant throughout your life. While your foot completes most of its growth by age eighteen or twenty, its size will most likely increase as the arch collapses in the process of aging. This results in a wider, longer foot. Take the time to get your feet properly measured or the little piggies that went to market are likely to turn into "the children of the corns" faster than you can say "get well soon Stephen King."


Back to the top © 2002