[All shoes: ZARA]
One thing that’s really been jumping out at me as I browse the “new in” sections of some of my favourite shoe stores recently is the number of what I’d call “sensible shoes” on display. Now, don’t get me wrong: the heels on the top two pairs on this page are actually relatively high, and one pair is lucite, which isn’t exactly something I’d call “sensible”. “Sensible” is a relative term when it comes to footwear, however, and although the heels aren’t low on all but the third pair, the blocky shapes, combined with the rounded toes, do have a somewhat matronly feel to me.
These are the kind of shoes I can only really imagine wearing if I absolutely HAD to: if I needed a pair of “comfy” shoes in a certain colour, say, and was going to be on my feet all day, but was determined to still wear heels of some description. They’re definitely NOT the kind of shoes I’d look at and think, “OMG, I absolutely MUST have those!” and as those are the types of shoes I’m most interested in, these are the kind I’d normally ignore altogether, dismissing them as frumpy and unflattering – the kind of shoe that would drag an outfit down rather than giving it that certain something.
In an ideal world, every pair of shoes would be in, the “OMG, LOVE!” category, but, of course, this isn’t an ideal world, so sometimes we do end up having to wear the rather more boring shoes, too. I’m definitely not welcoming the fact that this kind of style seems to be becoming “fashionable” at the moment, but I’m sure there’s someone out there thinking, “Thank God! At last someone’s making shoes that don’t have stiletto heels and pointy toes!”, so this one’s for you!
What DO you think of the trend for “sensible” shoes, though?