Today’s Friday Favourites are brought to you by shoes – and more specifically, brogues.
I’ve never been a fan of heels, and have had to stick to flats by necessity since developing a damaged nerve in my thigh. Physiotherapy revealed I my feet underpronate, meaning I land on the outside of my heel rather than the whole heel and to exacerbate that I have high arches.
The problem really showed itself when I was running – my feet would go numb (!) – I thought it was all part of it, and I had to run through the pain. Yes, I know I am completely stupid. It turns out there are running shoes for different pronations and after finding the pair for me (Nike Air Pegasus) I no longer get numb feet, when I run, which is a huge relief!
At the time I also favoured ballet pumps which, as it turns out, are really bad for my feet because I was gripping with my toes to keep them on my feet.
So, all these shenanigans damaged the nerve which I must say was really blinking painful. There’s nothing that can be done to fix it, but I can manage it and stop it getting worse by wearing sensible shoes. Footwear with a fastening and a block heel (not completely flat) are best, and with some shoes I wear orthotics to help my feet sit properly.
The concept of ‘sensible shoes’ would at one time have filled me with horror. However, being permanently in lots of pain just isn’t fun – and fortunately sensible shoes these days do not have to mean sacrificing style.
I’m partial to brogues, with three pairs in my wardrobe. They are practical as well as stylish, and offer the perfect complement to so many outfits – whether for work or for social occasions.
All sorts of shops have brogues, but my favourites are the Hamble Oak from Clarks.
My first pair was these cream leather and suede ones. I remember being super paranoid about keeping the cream suede pristine…they are my go-to pair for the warmer months.
I bought these gorgeous burgundy patent brogues a couple of winters ago.
Clarks started offering ribbon laces as well as normal ones with their brogues a little while after I bought them. The ribbon option adds a lovely feminine touch and as much as I was pleased with my shoes I would look longingly at the pretty ribbon laces in the shop. I searched high and low trying to find some to buy and finally tweeted Clarks asking where I could buy some – and very kindly they sent me a blue and a green pair of ribbon laces absolutely free!
My latest brogues were a bargain in the sale (and when getting the link for the post they are now even cheaper! Grr for me but you can bag yourself a great deal…). They are this gorgeous metallic patent grey – I think they are glamorous yet understated, don’t you agree? The ribbon laces really set them off.
They really are the epitome of not compromising style for comfort – I wore them for the first time in London which was perhaps foolhardy considering all the walking involved (not to mention running for the train!) but they didn’t rub or hurt my feet at all.
Hurrah for brogues!