When comfort wins

Today's outfit was a direct result of yesterdays outfit, in that the nude pumps from the thrift store (which i have discovered are actually from payless) were not as comfortable as I was hoping they might be. So this morning my feet demanded flat shoes and cozy socks, and I had to oblige with my converse sneakers. I was going to wear the velvet blazer, but then I ended up not liking how it looked and just grabbed my grey wrap before heading out the door.

I used to hold shoe comfort standards quite high. No one wanted to go shoe shopping with me, as I would scrutinize the shoes - walking around the store, keeping them on for at least 10 minutes before deciding that this one was just a tad to narrow or pinched one toe. Because of this I had very few shoes, and even fewer cute shoes.

Then I found these multi-fabric Steve Madden Vyceroy pumps. They weren't that comfortable. But I loved them. They weren't even that cheap -- $70!! Love can make you do crazy things.

This purchase caused me to have a shoe revelation: I decided I would be willing to suffer, just a bit, to wear the shoes I wanted.

So my closet soon began to fill with cute shoes (presently exceeding 50 pairs), and the number of shoes that were actually super comfortable began to plummet.

These are my top five most comfortable, cute shoes:

1. Flat Slouchy Suede Boots Mine were from Kohl's, but these look very similar. They are soft, they are flat; add a terry cloth insole or some cozy socks and I can go for miles.  These Zulu boots are $13 at Amazon (only tiny sizes though).
2. Naturalizer - Jangle Sandal Even though they aren't leather, they are quite comfortable. The foot bed is nice and padded and the straps don't dig in, $25 at Amazon.
3. MIA - Eclipse Flat As flats go, these are my favorite. The leather is soft and they have a decent amount of rubber on the sole, $17 - $43 at Amazon.
4. Converse Sneakers One of the few sneakers to ever grace the pages of Vogue, Converse sneakers are oddly fashionable. I love the array of colors and designs they come in, especially the design your own option! I really want to do that sometime. Typically they are $40, but I got both of my pairs at TJMaxx for $20. (The blue I've pictured are ones I designed, I actually own green and black.)
5. Onex - Puffy Sandal All of the sandals by Onex are amazingly comfortable. The price at Amazon is $74, but I have three pairs of Onex sandals and I got them all at an end of summer buy-one get-one sale. For the use I've gotten out of my gold ones, should I ever need to replace them, I would pay the $74.

I wanted to include a pump on this list, but the only pumps I can happily walk a mile in are my Kenneth Cole Reaction U Cube Pumps and they aren't in stock in black.

ps. Still three days to enter my giveaway!


  1. I love cute, yet comfortable shoes! They do take a lot of work to find but it's sooo worth it.

    Those black pumps would be perfect for work. I like the mix of patent and matte leather.

  2. You look great in both of these! You're really pretty :) Cute blog!

  3. Both outfits are super cute. I'm also in love with those grey slouchy boots! I'm willing to suffer a bit for shoes, but some days you just need comfort.

  4. I love your comfortable look. Nothing makes me happier than my Converse. :)

  5. I hear ya! While I have a lot of shoes I only have like three that are super comfy. But shoes are hard for me because I have size 5 feet too small for any cute shoes I see. Have you ever tried any shoes inserts? I'm curious to find out if they work for heels...

  6. You look amazing, but I particularly am loving this first outfit. The scarf gets me every time!

  7. I absolutely LOVE those golden sandals. I want to buy them:)

    You give such great tips. It's so inspiring!

  8. Oh, I recognize that skirt! :))

    I agree, comfort is a must in fashion, and there is nothing better than to switch to a pair of flats or sneakers after days of balancing in high heels :)

  9. I hear you on the shoes! I have SO many that are cute, but so painful to wear. But, of course I still wear them, because they're cute! Sheesh. The things we do for fashion!

  10. Hey.. shoes are the most important part of an outfit. ;D I hear you, though; I have lots of shoes that start to hurt after wearing them for five hours, but on the plus side, that makes the smaller heels that are like 3" feel comfortable all day! I need to make it a priority to buy more flats. I really like those perforated yellow ones you have, so cute. :D Plus both of your outfits are super duper cute!

  11. Yes, comfort definitely always wins!!! I always opt for comfort too ;)

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  12. Definitely prefer comfort over foot-wrenching agony! Converse are always a winner when my feet are achey...but why do I only own one pair, when I own 20+ pairs of heels? Argh! Xx

  13. oh poor toes :-( I have had only bad experience with payless shoes so I can't shop there anymore. Those heels are still so pretty thou....

  14. did my comment disappear? anyway I was just saying how I can't buy payless shoes anymore since they are always uncomfortable.

  15. payless shoes tend to kill my feet! i'm so sorry to hear your feet suffered!

  16. I love the first look, very elegant. And the second is so young and fun!

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  18. The Steve Maddens are gorgeous! Holy moley 50 pairs! I know in comparison to some women that's not even a lot, but finding good shoes that fit me are so rare that I have such a small collection, so I'm incredibly jealous!

  19. What a great idea to pick out your five favourite shoes. I must do that. Love both outfits.

  20. ahhhh we suffer so, don't we?

  21. As a person who loves fashion, I find it a little embarrassing that I can count the number of shoes I have one one hand... no wait, it's advanced to two hands now. But still. I would like to fix this soon!

    And I love your blog-- I went through the past entries perusing your chic-on-cheap styles, and I really liked the teal+red combo, among other things. I always appreciate and like fashion blogs that are on a budget, it allows for more inventive ways to be creative, I think. :)

    Toast with Charmalade

  22. Just came across your blog for the first time and I love it!

    Also your post made me laught know what you mean about the shoes and effort of looking a million bucks :0 but love both out fits all the same, 2 very dif. looks

    Thought i might ask if you heard of the new fashion website called dalancefashion.com? You should make a profile on it! I was reading your blog and it seems like you might like it! i dont work for it or anything just think its quite cool

    Check out my blog! http://modedevoted.blogspot.com/ Im trying to get a few more followers, so if you have time please add me :) just followed you and looking forward to seeing more posts. Thank you

    Also do you have a stand/tripod to take your pics? They look great. Or does someone take them for you? Im thinking I should invest in one.

    ps love your stlye

    Hannah xx

  23. love those gray boots!!! they look so comfy!