As long as my feet will carry me

Whoever claims that shoes cannot ever change lives should probably ask for Cinderella’s opinion on this. 🙂
Whoever claims that all women are shoe maniacs has clearly not seen my son’s show collection.
Whoever claims that women prefer shoe shopping to clothes shopping because – other than their clothes sizes – their shoe size does not change during their adult lives has no clue. Neither about women nor about anatomy and orthopedics.

After the shoe incident, Cinderella traded her life as a housemaid for a life as a princess. Had she been a man we surely would have called him unambitious.
I am a shoe maniac because I am female. Why does my son have “imeldaism”. He definitely possesses more pairs of shoes than I do. So I tell myself, that I must have done everything right as a mother, because we all know that “every girl’s crazy about a sharp dressed man”.
After having been delivered of a bouncing eleven pound baby,  after all the years of sensible mommy shoes, and after never regaining my pre-pregnancy body, my feet very well have changed i.e. they became wider, requiring one size up in shoes. This can be difficult beyond size 6.

Before you treat yourselves to a couple of new shoes I would like to show you what the different shoe and heel styles are called because between Birkenstocks and Jimmy  Choo’s there is a wide variety.


shoe1 eNot to speak of ballerina flags, sneakers, sandals, boots, and ankle boots – the topic is too broad to be dealt with in one article.

Myself, I like to wear pumps to work and before going into further detail I would like to state: either you decide to wear pumps or you look for comfort. There are no in-betweens and whoever claims there is is in deny of her pain. Of course, I have pumps which are somewhat comfortable for two to five hours. After that, the pain invariably sets in.
I prefer classic pumps with conical 1 1/2 to 2 inch heels. Thus, I do not have to balance my considerable weight all the time, which can get on the nerves and does not add to a convincing performance. If possible, my pumps have plateau soles, which give me a little more height (much needed!). Plateau soles expand your stature which gives your body an overall taller impression (usually much needed by anybody!)
It is important, though, to change shoes and heel sizes as often as possible. A couple of weeks ago I forgot to do it and the next day I felt like it was leg day at the gym. All day leg day. Spare yourselves the pain whenever you can. A few hours spent with nice shoes on your feet are sufficient. The rest of that day please mind your backs’ health.

Wear them flat, wear them wide, wear them flashy, wear heels but please do not ever wear shoes which do not fit. You might as well burn your money in the oven because a non-fitting shoe is neither a nice sight nor will you ever be comfortable in it, not even for minutes. Except when you do it in true Mariah Carey style and be carried on a litter wherever you “go”, but honestly, they don’t make servants like they used to, nowadays 😉

There are a few tricks which may help to prevent or better shoe accidents:


  • A wide heel helps in distributing the body weight evenly instead just putting pressure on the toes and balls of your feet.
  • Gel inlays relieve the forefeet and take the pressure from them.
  • Heel protection made of silicone helps preventing blisters as they make shoes fit better.
  • Regular visits to have your feet pedi’d by a foot specialist even out problem areas and keeps them from spreading
  • Special blister stick-on plasters do their job as promised in advertisements.

Finally, I will show you the shoes I have been wearing during last week and I dare you a bet in which pair I got myself a a small blister on my sole.


Wishing you a painfree day is
the unshod FrauHein



Mein Name ist Edda, ich bin 57 Jahre alt und man sagt mir ein Händchen für Styling nach. Da ich gerne mit Menschen zu tun habe, hätte ich Lust, hier Stylingtipps und allerlei Praktisches/Faktisches im Zusammenhang mit Mode und Style aufzuschreiben.
My name is Edda, I was born 57 years ago and I am told that I have a great style. I like to be with people and my idea is to use this blog to give all kinds of practical/factual information regarding fashion and style.
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As long as my feet will carry me was last modified: May 26th, 2015 by Edda Hein

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