I love my heels, but I also have a commute which involves walking and a bus ride. As much as I tend to purchase comfier heels, walking over half an hour (sometimes even more) a day (I try to always get over 10,000 steps, and am usually closer to 15,000) is a great way to not only mess up your feet, but ruin those fabulous shoes as well.
I always keep two simple pairs of heels at work. If I want to wear something different, I throw them in my bag and bring them with me. The shoes I keep at work both have a slightly lower heel, and are more of a traditional “work” option than going out option. The pairs currently in my office are my Cole Haan black leather peep-toe pumps and my new nude patent Vince Camuto Kira pumps.
Winter in Seattle is cold, dreary, and often rainy. On particularly rainy days, I love my pink Sperry rain boots. My big calves mean that the classic tall Hunters don’t actually work for me, but these fabulous pink boots more than make up for it (and the price is ideal as well).
In the summertime and on non-rainy days, I’m a big fan of ballet flats and Toms. My current favorite pair of flats are my Vera Wang Lavender Lillian black leather flats. Other great options are the Cole Haan Air Bacara ballet flats, Tory Burch revas (for those with narrow feet), Report flats, and for a splurge, Lanvin flats.
In general, I really like Toms classic shoes. They’re extremely comfortable and basically mold to your feet. First, a caveat. In doing more research, I’ve come to learn that there are many questions regarding the “one for one” process, and how they foster poverty tourism and outcompete local goods. A great article starting point is here, at goodintents. Now, that doesn’t mean that I will stop wearing the Toms I currently have. I even wore one on my non-broken foot for my wedding (a story for another post!). It just means that I may not be so quick to purchase them in the future, and definitely won’t purchase them for the “feel good” feeling.