You can never have too many pairs of shoes. Every outfit requires a certain foot flair. Now, I’m not the kind of girl who’s squeamish about secondhand shoes, and my penchant for thrifting has taught me which brands and styles are worthwhile and which are worthless.
First off, I would like to proclaim my hatred for the completely impractical supportless flats that have become all the rage. You know, some flimsy fabric barely covering toes and heel and the soles made of glorified cardboard. No arch support whatsoever. They may look cute new, but after one wear their structural integrity will disintegrate and your feet will be begging for mercy. These kinds of shoes provide little to no comfort, and I can imagine constant wear will result in a highway map of purple spider veins snaking over your legs. I don’t know why these types of shoes are so popular. Perhaps companies have discovered they can cut corners producing this simple product and make a massive profit. I bought a couple pairs myself, at first. I tried to wear them to work, but it was a fate worse than stiletto heels. I was in so much pain! Now, whenever I see someone wearing these pointless flats, I cringe for their arches and wonder when it became acceptable for fashion to be both uncomfortable and unattractive.
That being ranted, there are plenty of shoes which are functional, durable, and stylish. I highly recommend Born brand shoes, because they will last you forever, and they use high-quality leathers with cushioned soles. Born produces a sophisticated look from flip flops to business shoes for men and women, all with an impressive commitment to comfort.
Another brand of shoes I admire are Okabashi sandals. These things are eco-friendly and indestructible, and are the only footwear brand endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association. Their flops are designed to form to your foot and improve posture, and they are made entirely of one piece of their exclusive rubbery material, Microplast. No joining points to break! Their designs are creative and classy, but you can wear them gardening in ankle-deep mud and they’ll look as good as new once you blast them with a hose.
Crocs have been established as both the most comfortable shoes on the market and also the ugliest. But this company produces more than rubber clogs with holes in them. The website offers a wide array of heels, boots, and sandals that can be as fashionable as you wish featuring that reputable rubbery comfort. The prices can be high, and the Croc brand has been marked as somewhat of a fad, but their futuristic designs have definitely got me looking twice.
And the best part about these brands that actually last is, when you stumble across them in a thrift store, they’ve still got years of use left in them. A little leather polish or scrubbing attention can bring them back to life. Of course, you must always disinfect used shoes before you wear them, and if Tinactin isn’t enough to set your mind at ease, buy a set of new insoles and you’ll have a brand-new inside for that durable, inexpensive outside.