I have been on a mission now for quite some time to find the ever elusive super comfy perfect pair of flat black shoes. Honestly, you’d think I’d asked the Universe to help me find the world’s largest pink diamond; it’s been THAT bloody hard.
And so my story starts a while back when I found a pair of SuperSoft black patent slip on’s, on sale from $110 down to $40. Woohoo I jumped with joy! On the inside of course, I didn’t want to embarrass myself in public. Slipped them on and sheer relief that 1) I had found some nice comfy FLAT black shoes and 2) yippee they were on sale.
Then. Then I got them home and wore them, or more importantly walked in them and Oh My (insert swear word here) God. They killed my feet, like words can’t even describe. While the patent look was oh so cute, they were also oh so hard on the back of my ankles and gave me some great oh so BIG blisters. I was sad, pissed off, and deflated. Why was it so hard to find a comfy pair of shoes? Ugh. I tried many things so as not to give up too quickly on my patents. I put on a pair of my hubby’s thick socks and wore the shoes around the house to try and ‘break’ them in. A great look, when accompanied by a pair of trackie pants.
Then my Nonna, decided to use an old wives tale trick and rubbed the tops of the backs of the shoes with soap to ‘soften them up’. All to no avail. Nope, nothing worked. It was time to admit defeat and move onto the next pair.
The next pair didn’t come for quite some time as I was feeling too crushed to tackle another LBS shopping trip. I decided to go to Target, of course pronounced Tar-jay.
I picked up a pair of black flats, and bent them, squished them, walked up and down the isles before I decided to part with $35 for another pair of LBS. After I was satisfied with my pre-purchase grilling of the shoes I proceeded to the check-out. For the first few week’s of our new shoe/foot relationship it was bliss. Comfy? Yes. Blisters? No. Then. Sigh. After about 3 weeks, the inside lining started to peel and suddenly my feet felt kinda sticky when I wore them, like I’d just walked barefoot through a nightclub and then put my shoes on, kinda sticky.
So, once again I was on a LBS mission! Roll in last Sunday’s shopping trip. I must have tried on every single flat black shoe available at Westfield. Ok, maybe that’s a little exaggeration, but I tried on a bucket load of shoes anyway, to the point where I was starting to dislike shoe shopping and that was NOT a good feeling. Now I’m usually a size 8, but I tried on everything from a 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 38, 39, 40, aaaahhhh it was seriously doing my head in. How could I be sooo many different sizes?
‘Oh, it’s just the shoes these days love’, explained a sales lady at DJ’s. ‘Just gotta try them all on’. Which of course I did. And to make my bottom lip stick out that just little bit further my FAVOURITE pair of the day didn’t fit properly in ANY size.
So finally, after countless shops and countless LBS’s, I decided on a suede pair with little flowers on the top in a size 7.5. And much to my delight they were on sale. Not quite as good a bargain as the old Tar-jay pair, but on sale nonetheless. I wore them to work yesterday for the first time and hurrah, success! Now day 2 and we’re traveling along quite nicely.
So fingers crossed, my LBS story ends here.
Well I hoped it would anyway. It’s now getting towards the end of day 2 and at lunch I headed home as I normally do for the very long 3 minute walk across 2 roads and unfortunately for my new shoes and my feet, I had to break into a slight jog to avoid being hit by a truck while crossing the road. Bad news for my feet because they hurt and bad news for my shoes because they rubbed the sides my feet. OH LORD WHEN WILL MY LBS QUEST EVER END. Massive SIGH!
I guess I can only hope that day 3 will be better and I’ll give these LBS’s another chance. After that, if all else fails, I’m so wearing my pluggers to work!
So last night I umed and arred about whether to give my LBS’s a day 3. I decided No! Why? Well basically I didn’t want to end up with blisters and thought I’d stop wearing them before I got them. I also decided to try and exchange them for another pair. This unfortunately was not succesful. I admitted I had worn them and so they wouldn’t exchange. Fair enough, I wasn’t going to argue!
So what did I do? What any other normal woman would do, of course. I bought ANOTHER pair of LBS’s!! But don’t worry I’m determined to find another home for my other LBS’s, because they are gorgeous, I just clearly don’t have the right shaped feet for them.
And thank you to the other Amy for the advice! Unfortunately I couldn’t find Midas in Newcastle, but you can be sure I’m headed straight there next time I’m in Sydney!