I need footwear help please - am going around in circles.

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I realise this is an age old question but I need help solving it once and for all. I have lived in ankle boots for the last couple of Autumn/Winters/Springs and I have ballet shoes etc. But what I need is something to wear with skinny jeans on days when I am going to be walking a lot so need a bit more cushioning than ballet flats - but when the calendar says it is no longer boot weather, but it is either too wet or not warm enough for sandals. Sorry for the many 'but's in that.

I thought I would get some Converse low tops but dp says they make me look like a child (not a teenager - a child, fgs). I thought they made my feet look big (I am only a size 4 but have skinny ankles). Shall I get some anyway? Or is there something else out there to solve this problem for me. I have already discounted wedge trainers (because they make me look as if I'm trying to be Victoria Beckham) and Superga (because they make me look like a Playschool presenter).

I like Converse on other people; just not sure about on me. Help please!

OrbisNonSufficit Sun 14-Apr-13 14:33:41

I have these and I love them. Also Onitsuka Tigers, good for making your feet look smaller.

AnythingNotEverything Sun 14-Apr-13 14:34:26

Get some converse! If you're worried about your dc's reactions, just go for a sensible colour ie white/black/navy. I saw a lady in her forties in town yesterday with bright green ones ... Not quite sure why it didn't work, but it may be safer to go for a plainer colour.

Thanks. The dds are fine about Converse, but dp not impressed at all and I really wasn't sure myself. I looked about 5.

I tried black and white ones on.

mimiasovitch Sun 14-Apr-13 14:43:56

The slimline converse might be better. They're called lights I think, though I saw others with a different name. Anyway, they're less chunky iyswim, and quite feminine.

MissLurkalot Sun 14-Apr-13 14:48:14

Joules have some nice pumps in...

www.joules.com/Womens-Clothing/Shoes-Boots?defaultCountryCode=gb

I think this code might work PITCH to get 15% iff

MissLurkalot Sun 14-Apr-13 14:48:30

Iff? I mean off!

QueenCadbury Sun 14-Apr-13 15:03:39

I've got these. Have you tried any other trainers such as vans, adidas or puma? They might just not make your feet look so big?

Thank you. Don't like the Joules ones much: tbh I think I'd look even more like a child in those. I'll have a look for the slimline Converse.

Ugh - I HATE shoes.

Thanks QueenC. Vans etc much worse than Converse. I don't think my feet do look big (am only a size 4 as I said) but they just feel as if they look big, because of the skinny ankles. I think I'm just not used to anything like this, but I need something comfortable in my dotage! smile

SlinkyB Sun 14-Apr-13 15:15:23

Watching with interest as I have exactly the same dilemma as you OP.

Had converse low tops last year, but chucked them in the autumn as they were worn out after a couple of years wear.

Had some of the Boden spotty pumps delivered last week, but they're too flimsy for long walks in the countryside. Plus I'm a 5.5 and not many places (inc Boden) do half sizes. Size 5 were too small anyway, and don't think I'd be able to wear socks with them, which is what I prefer.

Good luck with your quest and keep me informed please!

SlinkyB Sun 14-Apr-13 15:16:59

P.s I also worry about trainers looking too young (I'm 32 soon) but not ready for some Hotter shoes just yet wink

MMcanny Sun 14-Apr-13 15:20:18

I wear boots all year round. If it's cold enough to need them for comfort then so be it, regardless of the name of the month. Am I really unhip?

Startail Sun 14-Apr-13 15:22:06

I have sketchers and if I look like ongoing to the gym in my jeans, I don't care they are comfortable and I can wear socks.

marriedinwhiteagain Sun 14-Apr-13 15:22:41

Have a look at some of Josef Siebel half way between a sandal and a shoe jobbie and Jones the other day had some really pretty comfy summer shoes with a strap across and cut outs in the leather. Had them in pale green and cream I think. I liked them anyway - but can't remember the make. About £60 I think.

MistyB Sun 14-Apr-13 15:27:08

I have just bought these and I love them. They are quite sporty looking but do not look too 'beardy'.

TSSDNCOP Sun 14-Apr-13 15:32:34

I wear Converse hi tops on days you describe with my skinny jeans.

SlinkyB Sun 14-Apr-13 15:34:23

MMcanny I find my feet get too hot and sweaty in leather boots in warmer weather.

What about trainer boots? I have these and wear them with skinny jeans.
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Oh dear. I am so sorry but I don't like any of them. High tops remind me too much of my indie days, and Robert Smith. Wedge trainers make me look like a wannabe Victoria Beckham, as below. Comfortable coloured shoes with straps remind me of ladies in the Lake District.

I fear I shall remain shoe-less, or have to try and get my head (and dp's) around Converse after all. sad

Fifi782005 Sun 14-Apr-13 16:20:32

These www.hm.com/gb/s/04XRP0 I found myself in the same situation and was also unsure of converse .
I haven't added a link before so not sure if it will have worked on my iPhone but the shoes are a nice nude/gold tone neutral colour that goes with most things

Thanks Fifi. I've got some a bit like that from Clarks, but in pewter leather - they are hideously uncomfortable though, hence wondering about Converse (the fact that everyone and his dog wears them must mean they are comfortable, no?!). I suspect that H&M ones wouldn't be v durable, based on shoes the dds have had from there in the past, so don't mind spending a bit more for something if it will last (I was attracted to Converse too because I know they come out looking reasonable from the washing machine).

Sorry Fifi - forgot to ask: what made you unsure of Converse?

Trumpton Sun 14-Apr-13 16:41:46

I have gold vans ,similar to These
Very comfortable and solid.

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