Since injuring my legs last year I have not been able to comfortably wear shoes with a heel higher then 1 inch. I had to work myself up to 1 inch even, and can tell by the end of the day the difference between wearing a flat shoe or a shoe with a heel (in my knees).
Yes, I am that old. #drats.
At any rate, I recently finished my 2nd round of physical therapy (to strengthen my legs, and even out my smaller atrophied left leg with my stronger right leg). I decided that I would start training myself to wear heels again with a goal of comfortably wearing 2 inch heels by the end of 2012. Moving toward that goal, I grabbed 4 pairs of shoes from Payless this past April.
The first style is the Clyde Peep Toe Wedge by Dexflex in Linen size 13 with a 1.25 inch wedge heel (taking it up gradually). These are regularly priced at $29.99 but I got them on sale for $22.99.
The shoe is uber comfortable and I'm really enjoying wearing them (actually just started rocking them at the end of May). The size 13 is huge on me and falling off so I went back to Payless to try on a 12. I felt like it fit better but my toes were precariously close to the front of the shoe and about to look borderline triflin so I opted to keep the size 13s and purchased heel grips (pictured below) to help keep them on.
I in addition to the heel grips I have my birkenstock arch supports in there as well so it's a full house in the shoes, but they stay on now (I still have to walk with my weight on my heels or they threaten to come off but sometimes vanity requires effort HA!).
The next style I purchased was the Lizzy Bow Low Heel by Lower East Side in Grey size 12 wide with a 1.25" heel. These were $22.99.
Unfortunately my left foot hurt in these shoes so I had to take them back. It's a real shame too because they are a great neutral color that you could wear with anything. Remember, my arches are falling and my left foot is worse than my right so it's almost like I have uneven feet now. That is part of the issue with these so back they went with much regret.
The next style I purchased was the Gally Boat Moc by Dexter in Navy size 13. These are regularly $26.99 but were on sale for $19.99. They have nothing to do with my "heel training" spiel above, I just started buying shoes and couldn't stop #dontJudge. I planned on wearing these on my cruise but later came to my senses (as in needed the money for other shoes) and decided to return them.
The last style I purchased was the Gem Skimmer by Champion in Tan size 13. These were $29.99 which is pricey for Payless but look at them! You sit there and tell me those aren't the cutest athletic-ish-ballet-flat shoe-dealy you've ever seen! Tell me! You cannot.
I kept these, also planning to wear them on the cruise(which didn't happen … I haven't worn them yet to be honest … but look at them.).
The best part of the deal was I found a coupon and got an extra $20 off this purchase (which I did online and picked up in the store … that's best for the larger sizes and delivery is free to the stores).
I'm really enjoying the selection of flats and low-heeled styles at Payless, especially in the larger sizes! It's hard our here ya'll.
Until next time Glam Fam I wish you
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