Shoes – 2 out of 3 DONE!

Good morning! I am happy this morning as I have 2 out of my 3 pairs of wedding shoes sorted for my big day! Does wanting 3 pairs of shoes for one occasion make me a diva? A girl can never have too many pairs of shoes surely?

Many of us with Hypermobility often suffer with problems with our feet. I do, and it is very painful. Specifically I suffer with Plantar Fasciitis. This means that heels are pretty much out of the question and have been for a few years now. I have a huge draw under the spare bed full of heels that I can’t bare to say goodbye to. I live in trainers, sneakers, flip flops and can sometimes get away with a slight cuban style heel. I can’t stand still without shoes on EVER, especially on a hard floor. So if I am preparing food in the kitchen I have to wear something on my feet. Usually my trusty black Birkenstocks as they have a foot bed which moulds to the shape of my foot. I am always on the look out for fashionable sandals or flip flops with a foot bed style sole that are fashionable but I don’t often find them. If you think you suffer with this condition you may find it hurts more when you go to bed, or sit down to rest. It really is painful and I have so much sympathy for you. The thing that really improved my feet issues were insoles. They are amazing and have transformed my life! The lovely people at Shuropody supplied me with these…..

Insoles

They slip discreetly in my shoes and really improve the way my feet sit in my shoes and the impact my feet have on the floor. I cannot recommend them enough. My nearest store is Watford but you can order them online. I’d suggest making the journey to your local store so you can get your feet examined. They’ll recommend the best for your ailment – they have so many options. They suggest you change them every year at a cost of approximately £35 which is far cheaper then getting Orthotics made especially. They are absolutely worth a try.

Anyway, I’ve digressed….back to the wedding. As I can’t wear heels anymore I was struggling to decide what to wear on my big day. My mum really wanted to see me in heels so I compromised. I have a gorgeous pair of heels for the ceremony. Honestly, I haven’t spent much on them as I don’t expect to wear them for long. If I could I would but I refuse to be in pain on my wedding day so I will wear them for as long as feels comfortable. They were £35 from ASOS and I fell in love with them as soon I saw them. So many wedding shoes look frumpy or impossibly high for me to walk in. I still wanted something fashionable and these are perfectly matched to my dress.

The heel is a decent height for me to not stagger down the aisle and I have the security of them actually being attached to my foot with the strap and zip fastening on the back. I am usually a girl that wears leather shoes, you pay more and you get more comfort – especially with my feet but these are great for an hour or so.

So pair two….I need a pair of shoes suitable for photos at the beach, that are still pretty and girly but gave me the comfort my poorly feet crave. Yesterday I embarked on a shopping trip to Cambridge with my mum. I wasn’t on a mission to find shoes but I was browsing around when I came across the perfect pair in Dune. How did this happen? Things are never this easy for me usually! They are white which is what I thought I might struggle to find as a lot of shoes seem to be tan or black these days. They are pretty and what’s more, they sparkle!! What do you think? In my opinion perfect for £60.

Dune Sandals

So now, I just need pair number 3! I need something comfy, secure and cushiony (yes, not a real word I know) and lovely for my delicate feet which will be dancing and mingling all afternoon and evening. Much to my mums horror I am going for Converse! I want to add some bling with a few sparkles here and there and replace the laces with some pretty shear ribbon. I can then wear my insoles and not be hobbling around the next day. I plan to wear them with some pretty socks like we used to wear when we were kids – remember these?

Socks

Not my usual style but I think they’ll be pretty and more to the point comfortable. I’d love to hear about your wedding shoe style. Are you planning on multiple pairs like me?

 

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3 thoughts on “Shoes – 2 out of 3 DONE!

  1. I’m really glad you posted about finding good shoes for a wedding with hypermobility! It is sooo hard to find good shoes for any special occasion! I have to be extremely particular about what shoes I wear, and I also wear shoes all day lest the vertebrae in my lower back all get stuck out of alignment. Right now I’m stuck with Brooks running shoes. When my physical therapist first suggested that high quality running shoes might be the best option for me, she sent me to a store that specializes in running shoes because they have a discount for her patients. They were all like “what do you mean you wear running shoes all day and you hardly even walk anywhere?” LOL.

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    1. That sounds painful, luckily though you can get some funky coloured running shoes! I have so many pairs of shoes that I have worn once that just hurt me too much, it’s such a shame. I think I will take your advice though and head to a running shop for some trainers that would be good for walking all day in. At the moment, on a day to day basis I wear Converse or Superga but with my insoles inside. Birkenstocks are good in the summer but for a posh night out, well I would have to find a floor length dress so my trainers or sneakers would be hidden! I managed about an hour and a half in my heels on my wedding day purely because there was a lot of standing still on uneven ground for the photos. I found it so painful so wore my sandals for a couple of hours then my lacy Supergas for the rest of the evening and night, they were great for dancing in!

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      1. Yes, I really do appreciate the variety of running shoe colors! 🙂 Though I should warn you that everyone’s body is different and running shoes can be a bit expensive since the foam that provides the support wears out after 4-6 months. I’m actually hoping that once I’m more stable from physio I’ll be able to get supportive shoes with more of a rubbery sole so they last longer.

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