It wasn't until I was searching online at John Lewis one day (they have an amazing selection of shoes to click and collect at your local Waitrose!) that I discovered their section entitled "comfortable shoes"... I was intrigued - was this going to offer me Granny shoes or would I be persuaded by the comfort factor over any thought of style? ...quite the dilemma.
I imagined I would only find shoes like these...
But what a pleasant surprise! I have long suffered with blisters and rubbing, and have quite a collection of gels, plasters, sprays etc to help me get through an evening of torture inflicted by gorgeous, but uncomfortable shoes. I have even had to stop wearing converse and many other trainers, which should be the comfiest, but my heels are rubbed raw with the unforgiving shapes and hard fabrics. I have since been turned to the dark side of Granny Chic shoes.
Here are a few you will find on John Lewis which may get you reaching for your purse pretty quick. First up in the world of everyday flats; a pair of ballerinas in this totally on-trend burgundy shade to get you through the next few weeks of Indian summer.
Or maybe you prefer a loafer a la Gucci in Hot Pink to add some contrast to all your grey and black Autumn wardrobe?
Or perhaps a more masculine lace-up style to keep you comfortable while you race around all day? Perfect with trousers and any length skirt or dress.
But moving on to shoes which feel a little smarter, or at least add some height... this zebra print low heeled pump could be an all day possibility with your rolled up boyfriend jeans and blazer. Smart, but seriously comfortable!
And of course we couldn't leave out the all-important ankle boot. Choice is impressive - you no longer need to grin and bear it for the rest of the season. Take a look at these picks:
You will even find the totally marmite over-the-knee boots in several different styles, along with some gorgeous knee high boots to take your breath away. And all like walking on air...how can we resist? This is only at John Lewis - I also recommend having a peruse of Clarks, Geox, Free People, Jones Bookmaker, Shoe Therapy, Eileen Fisher.
And if you are still unconvinced, take a peek at these evening shoes, easily transforming an outfit on any occasion on your social calendar.
I admit I can still be tempted by some much less wearable styles, but I am drawn to these places for a first look to save my feet. I hope you find something to suit you too.