If both men and women wore high heeled shoes, then perhaps I'd be less ranty about it - but they don't, in most cases. Men's shoes, no matter how fashionable, must also be comfortable. Men simply refuse to buy shoes that are painful to wear. Women, on the other hand, have been sold down the river on this issue at some point.
I had someone tell me that if stilettos were painful to wear, what I ought to do is get botox injections into my toes, problem solved! Yeah, thanks, I'd rather not inject botulinum into myself, but that's just me.
I just flat refuse to do the high heel thing (See what I did there, flat, har har) . I refuse to wear shoes that cause me agony. I refuse. I will wear shoes that are cute, that I like, that are fashionable - that don't hurt me.
These are an excellent case in point - I got sent these magnificently comfortable shoes the other day. They're cowboy-boot shaped wellingtons, and are quite possibly the most gorgeously spectacularly ugly shoes I have ever owned. I think they're beautiful - the offensive print, the bright colours, the unconventional design and material and above all, the comfort they afford. These are super comfy shoes that look cool too!
They were a little tight on my calves, but I fixed that by making slits in the back of them of an inch or so, now they sit perfectly. They offer really great ankle support and the rubber soles give you plenty of bounce when you're stomping around town. If you fancy picking up a pair of these yourself, you can do so here.
As for the rest of my outfit - it's a Maroon peplum dress from City Chic. Oh so easy to throw on on my way out the door and always looks good, another excellent example of fashion and comfort coming together.