I’m starting to seriously question why I spend forty or fifty dollars on a pair of shoes, when it’s got a high heel that gradually hurts my knees and my lower back. Wearing heels, you then have to lean backwards to right your head… take a look around you, and you’ll notice that almost everybody compresses their lower back and leans slightly backwards. Almost nobody in our society actually stands up straight.
My foot is wide across the arch and balls (EEE) and narrow at the heel, so they never fit right. Lord knows my folks tried, but I was thirty years old before I found a pair of shoes that actually fit, rather than smashing my little toe while leaving my heel loose. I still remember taking off my shoes for the mile-and-a-half walk home from work in high-school, because my shoes were hurting my toes to the point of tears. Of course I double-knotted my sneakers… my heels would slide like the Jamaican Bobsled Team if I didn’t keep those laces cinched down like saddlebags. Worse for hot climates like I live in, the materials they’re made from never breathe, so your feet are always blazingly hot. Then you have to wear socks, which means that you get cotton gunk in your toes, leading to all kinds of toe-cheesy toenail issues. Eww.
So I’m cannabalizing a mocassin pattern, and I’m going to see if I can make something out of better leather that can almost pass as a regular shoe, or close enough to it that nobody bothers to notice.
In other words, a dress moc. Preferably made out of something that breathes, doesn’t screw up my posture, and, amazingly enough, actually fits for once.