This month, if I were asked to fill out a survey I would be ticking off – gasp – a new age box. Now, I’m not going to disclose exactly how old I’ll be turning but it’s safe to say I’m no longer a spring chicken bouncing off the walls at a designer shoe sale.
Anytime my birthday comes around I suddenly become more calculated in my choices and, most of all, reflective. Adult thoughts such as, should I buy a condo or maybe I’ll order a salad instead of French fries with my dinner become conscious choices. Whereas, not too long ago (in the 20 to 30 year old age box), the idea of buying my own place was a pipe dream and picking fries over salad was a no brainer.
This shift in life choices has also affected my shoe shopping habits. I rarely buy or wear high heels nowadays, because the thought of prancing around in painful, five inch stilettos no longer appeals to me — and I know I’m not alone. My footwear shopping choices in the last three to five years has me seeking out mid-heels, flats and now sneakers on the regular – yes SNEAKERS – because they’re practical.
This shift has me thinking, is there such a thing as age appropriate shoes? The obvious answer is no, but give it some thought for a moment. If you’re checking off in and round the same age box as I, you’re not jumping at the chance to don potentially ankle breaking heels. Comfort and affordability are factors which rate slightly higher than style in the shoe shopping process. The thought of dropping hundreds of dollars on footwear makes you recoil and pain receptors in your brain fire off faster than the speed of light when you slip on a pair of uncomfortable shoes.
So, what makes shoes age appropriate? Comfort and affordability are key elements but, most importantly, timelessness. I recently bought a pair of Adidas Stan Smith sneakers and I can’t tell you how much I love them. White and black go with everything (they’re two of my favourite colours), the design of these kicks are sleek and are versatile for day, office and night wear. They’re also affordable and with the fashion industry’s ongoing love with athleisure, they won’t be going out of style any time soon.
I haven’t abandoned my love for high heels, they just don’t come out of the closet as often as they use too. And if this is what stylish, age appropriate shoes look and feel like, then I’m 100 per cent ok with it.