In Her Shoes
January 13, 2012
By: Lauranne Heres
Your friends think your collection is awesome. Your boyfriend thinks it’s ridiculous. Your parents consider it a waste of money… And you have a love/hate relationship with it. What am I talking about? Shoes!
Most girls will own more than 200 pairs of shoes in their life, sometimes around 30 or 40 at one time if you’re a real shoe-a-holic. Now, why are we so fascinated by adorning our feet with pretty things that don’t always fit, and why oh why can we never have enough?
Can you remember your favourite pair of children’s shoes you owned? Mine were white sandals with a slight wedge which made me feel so grown up (I was 8 I think) and I remember wearing them to their death. But after that came a long period of trainers as they were more comfortable for school, and thanks to Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, they were also cool. Remember the Skechers adverts they made? Me and my friends bought those shoes in several colours and wore them everyday. I had them light blue with sparkle and no laces, black with sparkle and laces, blue, greyish-purple. My friend had them red.
Then the Converse mania started. One pair was all it took. One pair of sea blue Converse and I was a gooner. After that I started wanting to have them in every colour, and I think I now have about 10 pairs.
But now I’ll start talking about the most important and sometimes infuriating: the heels. To find a good pair of heels, one that won’t be painful and will look nice and last, is almost impossible. Yet it’s not for lack of trying, as I keep buying shoes then end up realising the pairs don’t fit right either. Especially considering that as a student, your limited budget only allows you to buy cheap shoes that might look great but feel much worse. I can’t wait until the day I can buy myself some italian leather hand-sewn heels in patent nude that won’t hurt more than just my feet getting tired of wearing them.
So I thought I’d find middle ground. Instead of buying lots of shoes that don’t fit, then having to try and sell them again, I’m going to buy better pairs for slightly more and hopefully mainly in the sale. Where can I do that? At Clarks. Their shoes have been famous for their great quality for years and while some of them look like classic shoes from the 20s or 30s, their collection has improved in the past few years. My favourite shoes now come from Clarks and I’ve had some for a couple of years already. I’m not saying all of their shoes fit to perfection, but if you choose the right fit and size, you’ll get pretty close.
I personally ordered these from the sale, and can’t wait to try them on! Here are a couple more sale favourites, along with my darlings from the new collection.
Pictures from: clarks.co.uk; conversetennisshoes.org; photobucket.com; timeinc.net