When I first started teaching, I could not believe how much my feet hurt at the end of the day! Honest to goodness, I was about one epsom salt bath away from throwing in the towel on fashion and wearing Reebok sneakers with skirts (if you do this, I’m sorry; I judge you). BUT – and I really don’t know if it’s because I got used to it, my feet turned into rocks, or I’m just a lot lazier and am on them a lot less now – it got better.
These days, I don’t wear “walking shoes,” or anything especially designed for comfort/support; but, I also would never even consider wearing anything but flats. (To all you wild things out there that wear heels every day, I feel a strange mix of admiration and pity for you.)
I have a couple of nice pairs of shoes (like these and these) that I wear occasionally, but about 75% of my shoes come from Target (I wear some version of these 3 – 4 times a week). To be honest, I don’t notice a huge difference in terms of comfort. Mostly, my criteria for shoes is:
It’s a very serious process as you can tell. 😉
Here are a couple of my current favorites (at less than $30 a pair):
1. Merona Emily Sandals ($16.99 @ Target)
2. Mossimo Supply Co. Lakitia Sandals ($19.99 @ Target)
4. Women’s Mossimo Lainey Perforated Two-Piece Flats ($24.00 @ Target)
5. Mossimo Veronica Ankle Strap Two-Piece Flats ($28.00 @ Target)
6. Sleek Striped Flats ($19.80 @ Forever 21)
*I just recently bought #1 for myself (on sale for just $13) and have gotten SO many compliments on them. I’ve also been pleasantly surprised at how many things they go with! Now, which pair to “splurge” on next… 🙂
What do you look for when you’re buying shoes for work? Where do you buy them? Have a favorite pair?
P.S. In case anyone is wondering, I made the above flow chart using Picmonkey.com. Yes, that’s how I spent my precious Saturday morning while Sam was at his grandparents’ house. Priorities people!