Sometimes if I have a bad day, the only thing that cheers me up is some retail therapy. (Or Chinese Food, but I digress…) I needed some new sandals for the warm weather anyway, and I’m getting fussier about what feels good on my feet. I can’t wear huge heels anymore, my metatarsals just can’t handle that these days. But I want to have cute, stylish shoes, not something that Grandma would wear. Much to my delight, I found several new friends that my feet love wearing! And of course, wouldn’t you know it that they are from two very popular brands: Clarks, and Naot!
Clarks is a really reliable brand for me, I own several different models. My latest addition to the family is the Clarks Owl Boost in Black Nubuck. It’s a really comfortable slide, and it’s even available in narrow, medium and wide widths! The OrthoLite foam footbed with Active Air is covered in soft nubuck, and feels very cushiony and absorbs shock. I particularly love how this shoe works well with casual or dressy clothes! It’s a great all-around shoe for the warm months, and I can’t wait to take it out on the town!
I’d heard that Naot was a terrific brand in terms of support and style, but I’d never tried a pair. Once I put my feet into the Naot Petal, I didn’t want to take them off! What an amazingly supportive and comfortable sandal! While I don’t usually wear orthotics, the removable footbed works well with them if you do need them. But I can really feel the support in the footbed, which is made from cork – a superior product for this application. Naot is known for its comfort and stability in its shoes, and these are no exception. I love the feminine styling of the cutouts in the upper, and the softness of the leather. These will get a lot of use this summer!