STILETTO – a high pointed HEEL on a woman’s shoe or a small dagger.
WHEELS – a medieval instrument of torture or a vehicle for personal mobility.
Roger Vivier. Robert Clergerie. Patrick Cox. Manolo Blahnik. Christian Louboutin. Jimmy Choos. Georgina Goodman. Emma Hope. Do any of these names resonate with you?
They all design great shoes and are some of my favourite shoe designers. I am no longer able to wear their shoes. Sitting, with no walking, has some really bad consequences for the body. Over time, there is no escaping the fact that your feet are not quite as perfect as they once were but, then, whose are?.
With all their little imperfections, my feet need shoes that will stay on my wheelchair, are a little wider than normal and that look good. How difficult can that be? HA! In ten years, I have been unable to find a pair of shoes to fit my feet that are aesthetically acceptable to me and... I have looked.
What do I find? A massive range of unbelievably ghastly slippers, sandals and shoes – many that feature VELCRO! Apologies to the makers of Velcro which certainly does have its’ uses but on a pair of shoes for adults that are to be seen in public? No, I don’t think so!
Who buys these shoes? Who wears these shoes? As if being excluded from slipping on yummily designed heels were not bad enough without having to contemplate the purchase and wearing of such footwear…
Surely there must be massive pent up demand for well designed, well made shoes in natural materials with some bespoke flexibility that do not cost as much as a second hand car? Or is there a supplier of these already out there?
If so, please let me know because I have not found you yet. After ten years of wearing the same pair of black leather courts which have expanded with my feet and are now falling apart, I have had to take the fully bespoke route…and I am in shock!