I have always wished I had different feet. Prettier smaller, slimmer feet. The kind of feet that Manolo Blahnik would like to grace.
Extreme Foot Make-over Fantasy
In the nineties there was a TV programme being aired called Extreme Makeover. The participant was transformed via surgery, cosmetic dentistry, and the usual fashion, hair and make-up. What differed on this programme was that nothing was off the menu. I watched people undergo serious surgical procedures and what must have been extreme painful.
Every time I watched the programme I wondered if they could do a foot extreme make-over. I could undergo surgery and come out with transformed feet.
Back to the real world where finding shoes for difficult feet isn’t easy
We are who we are and we should embrace our own unique beauty. When it comes to shoe shopping though it isn’t easy if you don’t fit the ‘average’ shoe.
Since being diagnosed with arthritis, the situation has got even worse. My feet are sore, the joints feel swollen and fragile at the same time.
Finding shoes that are perfect isn’t easy. For me they need to meet the following criteria:
Anyone with awkward feet (and I now know there are a lot of us) will know that finding all these in one pair of shoes is very hard to find.
Most comfortable shoes are not pretty. Finding shoes that are comfortable and that fit well is another thing. I am a size 8, and in many brands this is the largest size available so there is no opportunity of taking a larger size to get a bigger width. If I do go for a bigger size I find myself flopping out of the one shoe, or gripping like crazy with my toes to keep my shoes from falling off.
Pretty shoes for a fashionista
I am a real fashionista! I love my fashion and style and adore dressing up to go out. And then it comes to my feet. What will I wear? Where am I going? How far will I have to walk? Sometimes I simply decide that I hope nobody looks below my knees.
I don’t mind spending money on a good pair of shoes that I am going to wear. However I think we have all fallen into the trap of buying shoes on the hope that they will ‘ease up’ or for an occasion. Frankly any money spent on shoes (or anything else) that you don’t use is money wasted.
So imagine if we could find a perfect pair of shoes that fit, were comfortable, fashionable and attractive and affordable. Well that sounds like a pipe dream because I don’t know of many high street stores that stock these dream slippers.
I was introduced to Hotter shoes via my blog. I immediately went to the website www.hotter.com and started exploring. It was all looking good. This website was telling me that the perfect shoe was available.
Their slogan of comfort for the soul/sole really appealed but to be honest I was wary about buying shoes online without being able to try them on. I imagined a series of parcels travelling back and forth trying to find the right shoe. And then probably settling for something that wasn’t quite right. Yet another pair of shoes gathering dust and decorating my hallway.
Introducing the personal shopper
After chatting with the Hotter team on email I was told that a personal shopper would be giving me a call. James called and immediately put me at ease. We had a little chat and then started talking about fit and style. He was so knowledgeable and understood both my medical history and my difficult feet. He advised me on width fit and on style. There are things you need to look out for with both arthritis and diabetes and he was totally up to speed and able to advise which shoes were the best choice.
After placing my order, I had this sense of confidence that the shoes would arrive and that they would not only fit but become favourites.
Shoes that make me want to dance
My summer shoe wardrobe consists of three pairs of shoes from Hotter. A fabulous pair of pale blue sandals. Soft buttery leather and so very pretty. The cutest red Mary Janes which are idea for an Irish summer where it isn’t that warm. Fabulous with both dresses and trousers I know that red shoes are going to give me my own sense of magic. Finally I have a cute pair of floral pumps. (A fashion post will follow with lots of shoe pics)
They all fit!! And are all comfortable! I could turn into a shoeholic after all.
(Although I am working with Hotter on an #ad blog post, this post is purely from me. It is about my struggles and my excitement at finding pretty shoes for difficult feet).
Thanks for reading and if you fancy trying a pair yourself, know that you too can talk to a personal shopper.