As the self-designated Comfort Shoe Queen of The Mom Edit, I often get asked what shoes I wear for weddings and special events. Quick answer: Naturalizers. Longer answer: Keep reading. And watch the video review of the newest Naturalizers I tried (and didn’t fall in love with) as well as my review of my older Naturalizer heels I’ve worn happily for years.
Back to that longer answer…I’m a miserable human to be around when my feet hurt. So when I’m invited to a wedding or fancy-ish special event, although I’d like to say my first thoughts are how thrilled I am for the host or hostess, in reality, my mind shoots to fretting about what fancy shoes I’m going to wear and if my feet will be comfortable.
I begin moving through my comfort-shoe flowchart. Can I wear my beloved cushioned FitFlops that make my feet oh-so-happy and are ridiculously comfortable? No?? They’re not even remotely appropriate? OK…how about my fancy Birkenstocks? I mean, they have a fancy gold buckle…they’re good right? Not fancy enough? Hmmm…fine. Cute wedges? Cordani slingback sandals are SUPER-special and often work for events. Not this time?
FINE! I’ll wear “real” heels.
The Comfort Shoe Queen Tells All: Get Naturalizer Heels
I joke about insisting on wearing FitFlops and Birkenstocks and my favorite clogs to all events in my life, but in reality, I do very much enjoy getting dressed up, putting on ALL the makeup and wearing high heels. It doesn’t happen often, so when it does…it definitely makes the occasion feel special.
And it helps TREMENDOUSLY that I’ve found comfortable heels I can wear all night that don’t make me miserable. I mean, heels are heels. I’d definitely be MORE comfortable in my Birkenstocks, but for heels…Naturalizers are definitely the winner for me.
In this video, I review the newest pair of Naturalizer heels that I’ve tried (spoiler: They’re not my favorite), as well as show you the styles I’ve worn and been happy with for years.
Naturalizer Vanity Heel | More Sizes/Colors Here: The latest Naturalizer heel that I’ve tried and that I review in the video. Beautiful lines, beautiful design, but these dress sandals don’t feel as secure and stable as my other Naturalizers. Comfortable “enough,” and they still have that good distribution of weight that I love in Naturalizers, but they wouldn’t be my first choice unless you’re just madly in love with the look.
Naturalizer Joy Heel | More Sizes/Colors Here: A Naturalizer heel I’ve happily worn to fancy occasions and weddings for years. The small platform gives some extra height that is especially fun for special events, but because of the thicker heel, ankle strap and good distribution of weight, they feel secure and comfortable (for a high heel).
Naturalizer Kinsley Heel | Similar Style Here: Shana and I have both worn these heels for years. They’ve discontinued this exact style, but you can still find them at a few retailers — and they’re majorly discounted too!
Naturalizer Mallory Heel | More Sizes/Color Here and Here: SUCH a fun style, and the colorways this year are fabulous. I have a similar older version that has been comfortable for my feet because of the platform, thick heel and distribution of weight.
Naturalizer Vera Heel | More Sizes/ Colors Here: The Vera heels have by far the best selection of nude coloring of all the Naturalizers. The lower and thicker heel is also of great appeal for us comfort-shoe lovers as well.
All this talk of getting fancied up with high heels reminds me: I’ve been thinking of trying Sarah Flint’s high heels. I had two women approach me at a recent wedding to share their extremely comfortable and beautiful heel find, and I’ve read amazing things about how truly comfortable Sarah Flints are. They are $$$, but if they’re TRULY as comfortable as people say they are, one pair of one of their classic styles for all the weddings and formal events in my future might be worth it. Maybe? I don’t know…they are WILDLY expensive, for sure. Let me know if you have and love Sarah Flints or any other comfortable “real” high heel.
Here’s to happy feet…always!
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