Thursday, June 09, 2011

a little summer dream of open toe shoes

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One might not think so, but something I actually do miss in my shoe collection is wearable open toe-shoes. Lovable clogs in all their comfortable, quirky glory, when it's hot, hot, hot it is nice to have airier feet. Plus showing a bit of perky, painted toenails is always nice. Really nice.

Four years ago I got this pair of red sandals. They were lovely to wear for a couple of summers. Then it was no, no, no, the soles of my feet hurt like hell after walking a day in them. Clearly not the most shock absorbing, anatomically-designed sandals.

So when I spotted that my favourite shoe shop in Stockholm did carry the El Naturalista Iggdrasil sandals. In red. I thought, oh oh, must try, will buy for a part of the tax refund.

Sadly today was a huge try-and-buy-disappointment. Turned out the Velcro tape lock around heel was way too short to fit when a foot was inside shoe. Which is kind of the point of a shoe, when you try on a suitable size it should fit around feet. The sole fit, the size was alright, the Velcro band was too too short. The weirdest thing. Such a flagrant design flaw.

But to be honest, sadly, even if they had fit I don't think I'd want them. They may look cute in photo, but on feet they looked frumpy. I don't like frumpy. I do quirky.

I haven't seen any other pleasing open toes/sandals - and my feet only like El Naturalista to cater for their comfort, and I do as my feet say, since they have to carry me all day - I'd like as I want them with thicker soles and the Iggdrasil is my favourite model for long, carefree city walks.

Still, even if I adore and lust after certain shoes because they are both pleasing to the eye and comfortable to wear I have constant battles with myself over wearing leather shoes. I wish they were all made of recycled leather. Then I wouldn't mind battle as much. 

For now, I will have to continue air my summer feet when I sit down for a rest or a wait I guess. Oh, I'm well aware that this may be a luxury problem, I have plenty of comfortable shoes to wear, but still, those luxury issues too can put a damp on one's hot, humid, summer life.

Care to tell me what your favourite summer foot gear is? And why?

5 comments:

Lost Star said...

After buying and wearing them in last summer, my birkenstocks are my to have and hold summer footwear. I get eczema on my feet so they are perfect for keeping my toes cool.

Maybe try some in red:
http://www.birkenstock.co.uk/index.php?m=catalogue&a=vw_prod&wprid=1&colid=210&fabric=100

or these:

http://www.birkenstock.co.uk/index.php?m=catalogue&a=vw_prod&wprid=3

Worth the immediate cost. I have the gizah in tan.

thepowmill said...

I like the quirky ...but at my age people think it's eccentric...a polite way of saying "She's crazy!" But I have learned over time that I am the only one I have to please ...and my feet . If my feet are happy so am I . Cute blog !

Caisa said...

Boots! Boots in summer & boots in winter. Sometimes the same pair.
I have however recently acquired (recently as in last year) a pair of biker boots that are from a man made material and so they don't keep warm and they're perfect for summer. I've adopted the cowgirl look with no regrets!
I don't like wearing sandals because I don't like the sight of my toes, or just toes in generally, though I don't think I have a phobia (at least I stubbornly hope I don't).
Boots make me feel safe :)

Poppy Q said...

I never thought I would love the Birkenstocks, but lately my mind has been changed. I especially love the Tabora style which has adjustable straps and stay on much easier than many of the styles, and manage to make my chubby feet look normal.

I too have trouble finding sandals that both fit and flatter my funny feet.

Good luck with the search Pia.

iaia said...

I have the Iggrasil sandals in brown, and they do fit well on me, but I have a very very skinny and narrow feet.
Maybe you can have a look at camper's website, they have some beautiful open shoe... ( www.camper.com )

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