One of my friends in college used to tell me when I complained of the discomfort of getting my lip waxed, whined about the blisters on my baby toes from ill-fitting pointy-toed pumps and moaned about stomach pain from my too-tight support hose, “Pain for beauty!” We would laugh and I would quit grumbling, satisfied that my discomfort was well-worth the price of being on-trend and looking my best. We both knew it was a joke but we also knew there was an element in truth to what she said.
Often the things we wear to look stylish or thin or sexy are anything but comfortable. Have you ever worn a comfortable bustier? How about a really great feeling pair of stilettos? And then there is support wear. To me, wearing an effective girdle is a form of slow torture for vanity’s sake.
How exciting that in our modern world of fashion, comfort is finally stylish! I am especially excited about the comfort sandal trend for spring and summer.
Suddenly, Birkenstocks are now “hip” rather than “hippie”. Designers are even showing them on Paris runways and WWD has named Birkenstock the 2014 Brand of the Year!
Near our local Whole Foods in Santa Rosa is a Birkenstock Heritage store, one of only about 25 such shops in the country. I decided to take a look around recently and see about trying on a pair of Birkenstocks. I never thought I would be a Birkenstock owner. Ever. Clunky, practical footwear was never my thing. But these days, I am easily swayed by fashion trends when they include comfort!
I wore them to the Sonoma coast Sunday with my husband. We did a little hiking, walked on the beach with our dogs and I enjoyed the entire day in comfort!
And Saturday, I wore them with distressed Gap boyfriend jeans and an Everlane tee. These Birks suit my casual lifestyle and make errand running and unwinding on the weekends much more comfortable.
While I was at the Birkenstock shop, the helpful and knowledgeable salesperson showed me her favorite pair of sandals, these Romika Florida wedges. She said they were by far the most comfortable sandals she has ever owned. I was intrigued so I decided it wouldn’t hurt to try on a pair.
Sold! They are THE most comfortable shoes I have ever had on my feet. They are like walking on pillows. They have amazing support and cushion plus, if you’re looking for height these sandals deliver. They come in black, orange and red, and hot pink too.
Although I will still wear my glamorous but not very comfortable heels for short periods – out on a date or to a party – I prefer to treat my feet nicely and am embracing this latest comfort sandal trend wholeheartedly!
Are you wearing comfort sandals like Birkenstocks or another brand this season?
How do you feel about being uncomfortable in order to look stylish or sexy or thin?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.
Be sure to check out the fashionable round-up at Visible Monday today….
and don’t forget that How I Wear My: Pastel is coming up on June 4th. The deadline for submission is June 2nd. Send your photo along with a brief description of your pastel look to howiwearmy (at) yahoo.com to be featured!
I am linking up with Judith’s Hat Attack today.
Be sure to check out all the fabulous headwear on Style Crone!
Make it a rich day!