Last Friday, we were having our work Christmas party that afternoon – casual, outdoors, in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. It was a beautiful day, not too hot, but sunny. Unfortunately, I had an important meeting, so I couldn’t go casual, as most of my colleagues did, but I thought a skirt would be nice.
It’d been more than a year since I last wore a skirt to work, but I really love skirts. I love the flow of them, I love the feeling of bare legs to the world outside – they’re comfortable.
So why had it been so long? The shoes.
Here’s an actual photo of the kind of shoe I was wearing. That doesn’t look too bad does it? There are no stiletto heels, in fact the heel is quite low! But, I’ve remembered. If I wear the kind of shoe that you wear with a work skirt (with skirts at home I’m happy to wear any shoe that’s comfortable), then I end up with regrets by nightfall. As I lay in bed that evening, I could feel my feet aching.
Why is it impossible for me to buy shoes that I can wear with a skirt? That shoe above is not designed to sensibly fit any woman’s foot. I’ve worn versions of it that are more comfortable, but none that are as comfortable as my friendly old laceups.