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

(106 Posts)
RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 14-Apr-13 14:26:02

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.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 14-Apr-13 14:40:07

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

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 14-Apr-13 14:40:45

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...

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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?

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 14-Apr-13 15:04:19

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.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 14-Apr-13 15:06:24

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.

CheckpointCharlie Sun 14-Apr-13 15:41:13

What about trainer boots? I have these and wear them with skinny jeans.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 14-Apr-13 15:55:03

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 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

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 14-Apr-13 16:36:27

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).

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 14-Apr-13 16:36:54

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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