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Hanging up my heels. Need help.

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Thegiantofillinois Sun 04-Sep-16 12:18:13

After far too many years of wearing heels for work, one of my knees Has rebelled.

I have brogues, which I love, but can't wear with many things and loafers, which I regret.

I need round toed kitten heels (I'm late 30s; I fear block heels will make me look frumpy), but can I find them? Can I buggery. Any ideas?

leadrightfoot Sun 04-Sep-16 14:41:50

So I did the same due ankle collapse. Try the following:

Van Dahl
Some M&S foot glove
Hotter shoes

It's a complete mindset change be warned

PitchFork Sun 04-Sep-16 14:44:29

I'll add ecco, some clarks and sketchers to your list.

7to25 Sun 04-Sep-16 14:46:38

Block heels will look trendy, not frumpy

YoungBritishPissArtist Sun 04-Sep-16 14:51:15

This blog is good, by a fashion editor who only wears flats.

Thegiantofillinois Sun 04-Sep-16 16:47:09

I've got a pair of m&s footglove, which work. Shoes need to be smart cos of work and the fact that most of my skirts/dresses are pencil.

Block heels just upset me. Maybe if I was in my 20s, but they just make me think of the queen.

StillSmallVoice Sun 04-Sep-16 16:50:54

I've had the feet of an eighty year old since I was about thirty. Most of my shoes are Ecco. They aren't exactly beautiful, but not as frumpy as they used to be, and are hugely comfortable and really well made. I wear Birkenstocks all summer long, but I have a relatively casual workplace.

specialsubject Sun 04-Sep-16 17:27:47

Remember not ballet flats, which as well as looking silly make you waddle and provide no support.

Normal smart shoes with a wearable heel (half to one inch) have been outlawed, it seems. So watching to see if.anyone finds anything!

Thegiantofillinois Sun 04-Sep-16 18:17:45

My clarks brogues are the comfiest shoes I've had since I started work. I don't get on with ballet shoes. The only shoes matching my criteria are from China, but I don't know whether to trust them.

OhTheRoses Sun 04-Sep-16 18:24:02

My sympathies but yes, as above: Hotter, Van Dal, Gabor, Ecco, Rieker. My other initiative is to wear smart trousers more with very sensible shoes, and boots a lot.

Orthotics help too blush

CatherineDeB Sun 04-Sep-16 18:29:42

I wear Ecco, Dune, Geox and Van Dal shoes for work generally. Always flat apart from these which I have in navy and black. So comfy.

CatherineDeB Sun 04-Sep-16 18:30:36

Must ass that they are £60 ish delivered from Amazon.

CatherineDeB Sun 04-Sep-16 18:30:50

Ass blush, add.

botemp Sun 04-Sep-16 18:39:37

What size are you OP? I have a bunch of kitten heels that I was just thinking of getting rid off (will have to check on the nose shapes though) as I haven't worn them in years and never wore them much in the first place. I'll be happy to pass them onto you if you're interested.

BengalCatMum Sun 04-Sep-16 18:50:36

Im 25 and block or wedge heels are the only heel I wear.

A nice pair of chelsea boots with a hidden platform to counteract the heel might be perfect for you. They appear high but with the platform the heel itself is not high at all.
^These are my go-to work shoe

Stilettos usually look cheap and tacky, and I haven't worn since I was 16.
Unless they are louboutin, which I will buy one day when I can afford

OhTheRoses Sun 04-Sep-16 19:10:48

No, not wedges. If you slip, there is no purchase. I know. I did. Broken none sad

manandbeast Sun 04-Sep-16 19:34:52

bengal - can you link to the shoes you describe...? Am interested :-)

Thegiantofillinois Sun 04-Sep-16 21:00:23

I don't really need a heel- am 5'9- but they suit my look. I'm between 7 and 8 in shoes and can't really do pointy cos I have a hammer toe and a mortal fear of bunions.

I'm a nightmare.

officerhinrika Sun 04-Sep-16 21:41:25

I feel your pain, my dodgy knee made me retire my extensive heel collection a few years ago. Flats only now!
Waldlaufer have flattish suede pumps that are cut higher on the foot than ballets, so much more supportive and comfortable while still being smart. Think shoes have something similar too. Both brands have roundish toes.
Peter Hahn have a good selection of lowish heels.

BillyDaveysDaughter Sun 04-Sep-16 21:48:37

Plantar fasciitis has had me living in Nikes for the last 18 months - easy in my current job, but when I move to a new one in 8 weeks I'm going to have to start looking smarter again. So far I've found one solitary pair of loafers from Simply Be that don't make me feel about 100

peanutbear Sun 04-Sep-16 21:52:51

I've just bought 2 pairs one flat one with block heel from clarks the block heel actually look good with trousers and jeans I've spent months looking for decent smart flat shoes and struggle for inspiration because I'm so used to court shoes

ICJump Sun 04-Sep-16 23:17:19

I'm now firmly in flats.
I like Jonny's or el naturalista. The JOnny's are pretty cheap and have lots of colours too

DameDoom Sun 04-Sep-16 23:26:29

Could you go to a podiatrist and get some orthotics made? They might really help you out. I completely sympathise as I am now a wearer of Ecco and M and S footgloves. I am one step away from an American tan support tight. Bloody plantar fasciitis.

BengalCatMum Sun 04-Sep-16 23:44:42

Just had a quick look on google, so these are closest I can find on Google Shopping... but they sell them all the time in topshop, H&M, Marks, even Newlook for a cheap pair I find nearly all high street stores have them some point from A/W to start of S/S

These are block heel ones with slight platform at front, so it evens out at just over a kitten heel. Height without the strain grin$ja=tsid:77520|cid:294787745|agid:20988283265|tid:pla-180632267825|crid:85426776305|nw:g|rnd:14928209211103772332|dvc:c|adp:1o4&gclid=CPCtmJPj9s4CFbYy0wodSq4E2Q

I have some wedge pairs where the whole shoe is covered in leather or suede so the platform part is completely concealed but cant find any nice ones online (as most seem to have weird shape atm), but Im sure they are in store, or at least I hope they are! Because I need some more grin

You can also get some with HUGE platforms with the heel increasing as per... but they arent really work shoes IMO

herecomesthsun Mon 05-Sep-16 00:35:39

I like many already mentioned - Hotter, Gabor, El Naturalista, Geox.

Other are Camper, Pikolinos and (I haven't tried these yet) Art.

I think the sole is important for comfort as well as the heel. You can get padding, memory foam, different thicknesses and different shapes contoured to the foot.

Boden do lots of flats, often stylish ones, but generally a narrow fit (which I like) but a thin sole which does not cushion the foot as much.

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