Thank you, readers, for all the great Vietnam tips! It seems sandals and showering twice a day is a common denominator, while paying (off) airport workers is a point of contention. INTERESTING. I brought this up at dinner last night and we couldn’t decide one way or the other, either. I guess principle vs. convenience will be tested once we get there!
For the Vietnam trip, May and I began browsing for comfortable sandals we could walk around all day in. You know, when you’re shopping online and along with your shoe size, you check the “COMFORT” box in your search query. When it comes to shoes, comfort has never been a top priority for me. In fact, it seems the more painful a shoe appears, the better it looks. That slender arch! The ridiculous heel to platform ratio! Have you seen the shoes I wore for 12+ hours on my wedding day?
In the past, I’ve never been one to complain about hurty feet. Husband even made the observation that despite always wearing heels to go out, I never seemed to complain that my feet hurt. I think this came after we observed a group of girls at a club dancing BAREFOOT in a circle around a pile of heels. 1. You’re gross. 2. If they hurt your feet, don’t wear those shoes anymore.
But in more recent times, my feet seem to have had quite enough. Suddenly, I feel like my feet are ALWAYS HURTING. ALWAYS aching. WHY do you press against my bones like this? Our trip to London this past winter was….a struggle. It got to the point where Husband began researching bunion surgery. DON’T LOOK AT ME, I’M HIDEOUS.
Well, I wasn’t ready to go quite as far as bunion surgery, but wearing more sensible shoes? Ok, fine. So shoes for Vietnam? May and I took a trip to DSW to sample the likes of Clarks, Aerosoles, and Born. Oh…lord….
“Oh my god, try these on.”
“HAHAH oh my god, so gross. No, what about these?”
“……these all look like shoes my mom bought at T.J. Maxx….”
“I think my mom does have these sandals.”
In my mom’s defense, the majority of her shoes are much cooler. But to our chagrin, once we slipped our feet in each of the sandals, it became more and more difficult to forsake the bendy soles, squishy padding, and conservataive height. Suddenly, our outbursts changed.
“Oh my god. These are really comfortable.”
“Wow, these ones are even MORE comfortable. I think the soles of these shoes are melding with my feet.”
“I think these are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn in my life.”
So you know back in the day when you used to see your mom slipping her feet into a clunky pair of Naturalizer mules and you thought to yourself,” I will NEVER wear shoes like that.” Well, we then realized that IT WAS HAPPENING. RIGHT THEN.
“Oh my god, you’re ‘Bac May.”"
“HAHA! Dung pha dep cua Bac May.”
So we spent the rest of the afternoon calling each other “bac” (older Vietnamese aunt) and telling each other not to mess with our “dep” (sandals). But I was actually glad we got to try on all those shoes at DSW because we realized that even a wedge with a height like the one above was TOO high for the purposes of travel. Thus, this is what I ultimately decided on:
CUTE, RIGHT? RIGHT? I really think they’re cuter in real life, you guys. A little bit 60′s-70′s vintage, a little bit Doc Martens. Super comfortable sole, a very low and sturdy heel, ankle strap to keep your feet secure, sandal-like cut to let feet breathe, closed front to protect toes. HE’S PERFECT. And add to cart, and checkout.
21 March 2013 by phi style | Categories: outfits | tags: clarks, shoes, shopping | 13 comments