October 19, 2012

Fashion Vs. Comfort

Tod's Moccasins

ADR stated, perhaps jokingly that 'It's not fashion if it's comfortable'. Have you ever picked out an outfit whose sartorial elegance you are so sure of? Call it 'feeling yourself'. You know you look so good that nothing anyone could say during the day could convince you otherwise. Have you ever achieved that feeling by rounding off your look with a pair of flats? I'm talking pumps, loafers, and the like. If you have, good for you! This means your fashion loves comfort. This also means that your feet suffer less pain, less corns, less general discomfort. Health and safety points.

When I wear flats, I feel under-dressed. I'm not talking trainers. Thanks to Isabel Marant, Nike, Converse and the like, it feels a tad rebellious to contradict a potentially glam outfit by completing it with trainers and somehow that feels 'fashion' for me.

The latter part of this year has seen us recognise the fact that fashion can embrace comfort (see: Valentino pumps and Zara sandals) Did we get tired of having to carry a bag big enough to hide a pair of flats in for when the pain becomes unbearable? How happy can we really be if we can't dance the night away because of the shoes we are wearing? Have you ever, because of your footwear, thanked Drake for advising you to "drink it all even if it tastes too strong?'' all in a desperate effort to alleviate the pain.

So, why is it that I can justify spending £700 on a pair of Louboutin Daffodiles which massively complicates the simple act of walking yet I find it hard to justify spending £337 pounds on a pair of Tod's that I will wear painlessly over and over again.

Enter: cost-per-wear.

My Louboutin daffodiles which I have worn 7 times in the past year cost £700 which means each wear so far cost £100.

I reckon I would wear these Tod's at least 100 times during the year. This means that each wear would cost £3.37. The proof is in the maths. It makes more sense to invest in shoes that worn daily, can withstand wear and tear.

To be honest, a beautiful pair of heels will always make me fall more in love at first sight than a beautiful pair of flats could. But for me it's time to choose heels more carefully e.g not buy depressants such as Louboutin Daffodiles. It's also time to invest in feel-good quality flats and maybe it's time that I started saving up for these beauties which are probably the closest I have ever come to loving a pair of flats. Fashion doesn't have to hate comfort and fashion certainly doesn't hate these. Gold, burgundy or pewter? That is the question.

Tell me guys, what do you think? Will you splurge on a pair of flats just as you would on heels?

6 thoughts on “Fashion Vs. Comfort”

  1. Uc says:

    I love comfortable shoes. I’ve never understood the craze for Louboutins. Most people can’t walk in them. I’d rather get the cap toe studded ones than the sky high ones. If you can walk comfortably in them fine but if not buy something else. Flats all the way for me.

    1. fisayolonge says:

      I’m with you on that girl. Just put said Louboutins up for sale on my ‘Shop my wardrobe’ page, they gotta go! Haha.

  2. Dorcas says:

    I’m a flat shoe addict, I just wasn’t made to walk in heels. I’d pretty much wear these Tod’s flats every day so it would cost less than a £1 per wear! Hmmm maybe I should save up for a pair….

    1. fisayolonge says:

      So I totally found similar styles at Russell & Bromley for half the price and will now be buying them from there! Sadly, they don’t have any metallic colours but they have burgundy which I love too!

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