Shoes actually do make or break an outfit...Vogue says it...and so do I.

Having done lots of dressing up these last few weeks - weddings, launch parties, site tours, corporate talks, smart lunches and a school talk - I have been reminded of the different levels of fun you can have in different style of shoes.

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What blows my mind is how miserable it is to be in impractical uncomfortable shoes. I try it every now and again, thinking I will be like those glam women in Vogue who wear heels, my toes will not scrunch up and the balls of my feet will not grumble 'ow' on every step I take. 

The truth is I feel great in high heels - until I don't. And that switch from love to hate happens way too quickly for my liking. It can't just be me? Boys - you feel my pain right?! You have stiff slippery work shoes too.  

What bugs me most are the choices I'm forced to make when I'm wearing uncomfortable shoes.

Firstly a little reminder about one of my life mottos:

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Secondly, a snippet from the art of essentialism:

“Options (things) can be taken away, while our core ability to choose (free will) cannot be.” said by Greg McKeown in his book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

Back onto shoes:

To tie that together, I have a choice as to what shoes I put on. Depending on that choice, my options are affected. If uncomfortable shoes are chosen, the most active option is taken away and I avoid movement, sit down as soon as I can and am in pain. None of those gives me joy. 

Furthermore, the option of looking cool, calm and collected (important to Exerk and Vogue readers alike 😉 ) is gone as soon as we start flinching at every placement of the foot.

How I choose to travel (when I'm wearing comfy shoes):

I have a journey planning policy: if I look at Citymapper/ Google and the walk/ cycle is comparable (within a 12 minute range), I will walk/ cycle.

I reason that the bus/ tube/ taxi will turn up late or be stopped at a red light for 15 minutes and that's enough to convince me to take matters into my own hands and human power my journeys.

So to paraphrase Vogue: 

Three reasons why shoes actually do make or break you:

1. Comfy shoes = better foot placement and posture = healthier
2. Comfy shoes = less pain = happier
3. Comfy shoes = more movement = healthier and happier

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If we can put wine in our bags, we can put comfy shoes too!

Over and out! 

(stay active),


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Annabel Ross