Until now, I’ve had two uses for cork. It’s the material on the back of my bulletin board that I tack shopping lists to, and it’s the little stopper that seals my champagne. So when I hear that cork can also be comfortable on the soles of my feet, I become as bubbly as a bottle of brut.
Allow me to introduce you to the Mephisto Babata sandal. It turns out that the same low-density, high-elasticity, near-impermeable cork material that holds up my list of supermarket needs, also contours to my foot and cushions to offer arch support like no other. So that’s good. But then the real question that I know is on your mind:
Can a shoe this therapeutic also be cute? Well, I’m so glad you asked!
While the footbed is cork, the upper is soft calfskin leather that comes together to form a fun and flirty flower. Thanks to the floral accent, the Babatas can easily be dressed up or dressed down. The 1-inch heel also offers a nice slimming effect to the legs, so don’t be afraid to pair them with that cute short skirt either.
So whether you’re running errands to cross items off your grocery list, or at an event where you’re popping open bottles of bubbly, the Mephisto Babatas with the cork support are the perfect combination of comfort and style, both casual and dressy. Anyone who tells you differently… you can tell them to put a cork in it.
Yesterday I walked 5 Kilometers in my Keen sandals during the Lance Armstrong Livestrong Challenge in San Jose, California, and felt like I was strolling on soft clouds the entire distance. I love my Keen Newport sandals — they’re ultra-comfortable, form fitting, supportive, and the toe cap protects my vulnerable toes from bumps and scrapes (frequent for a klutz like me). I own this style in several colors and wear them for informal family gatherings as well as hikes with friends in the foothills.
Shoe mavens will talk at length about the advantages of this finely designed “outdoorsman” sandal: it’s completely waterproof (and machine washable), has gripping non-slip tread, an anti-microbial in-sole, and so on. What sold me on these Keen shoes was COMFORT. If I can walk five kilometers on the asphalt roads of a major metropolis to help raise thousands of dollars for Cancer patient support and return home with happy feet and knees, I’m certainly ready to share how keen I am on Keen Newport. Footwear etc. has many Keen choices (many surprisingly stylish) worth trying on. Visit us on-line or in one of our many stores.
My feet sweat. By the end of a day in a simple closed shoe I feel like I’m walking in puddles, fearing those striding beside me can hear the “squish, squish” emanating from my shoes with each step. Aside from the unwelcome discomfort of soggy feet, what most worries me is the stinky stench that may waft about when I take the shoes off to get some much needed ventilation. My simple solution has been to wear stylish sandals as often as possible, but I’ve always dreamed of a good looking shoe that would breath with each stride.
Geox shoes claim to have designed “the shoe that breathes.” I find their television advertising delightful — worth watching a few times over (click the play button below) — and frightfully close to home.
Customer reviews on a variety of websites are compelling:
“I’m a believer! I used to be a die-hard fan of Aerosoles for my daily office workhorse shoes, but I am a Geox convert now. . . [F]or anyone who suffers from hyperhidrosis (sweaty feet), these are just unbelievable.”
I have to admit that the designers of these shoes have devised a seemingly clever system — micro-holes in the rubber outsole that let perspiration from the feet out of the shoes with the protective breathable membrane keeping water out and the feet dry.
What is clear from the comments of those who wear Geox shoes is that they are comfortable:
“Great, comfy shoe! This shoe is so comfortable and cute! The cushion is so soft and thick, it feels comfortable to walk in all day long! I put them on as soon as I got them and they felt comfortable right away.”
UGG Knightsbridge… where do I begin? They’re basically the Classic Tall UGG, which I swear I wear every single day in the winter months, but with a zipper in the back!
Because here’s the thing, UGGs are here to stay. They are insanely comfortable and warm and convenient and they look cute with everything.
I love the mini-skirt with tall UGGs, UGGs with a tunic and leggings, UGGs over skinny jeans, UGGs with the sweats tucked in, and then my personal fave — UGGs under pajama pants when my sweetheart Miley (the labrador retriever, not the pop star) wakes me up at 5 a.m. to go for a walk.
I’m as snug as a bug in my UGGs. And now, with a zipper, there’s less of a fight to take them off… because yes, sadly, sometimes you do have to take them off.
Footwear etc. sells this style in Espresso, Black, Sand, and Chestnut Sheepskin colors. With free shipping, the price can’t be beat.
Wondering if you can believe all the hype on the MBT shoes? The simple answer is YES. They actually do what they say they will.
With their unique sole construction the MBT’s create a feeling that reminds you of walking natural, soft, unstable ground. The natural instabililty underfoot stimulates otherwise neglected muscle groups to make automatic compensating movements, exactly as nature intended. You may feel some muscle soreness for the first few days but this soon dicipates and the benefits become more noticeable as each day goes by.
I know they may not be the most attractive looking shoes but believe me your whole body will feel and look better because of them.