Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Shoe Watch 2010

 know you've been anxiously awaiting the shoe report.

Settle in with your coffee and OJ, and here we go!

I've been on a search for the ultimate non-sneaker comfy walking shoes for quite some time.

Shoes have been purchased, worn, and discarded. Brands from Privo to these Land's End's terrain ballet shoes. (The Privo's continue to rub my heels into raw blisters, and the Land's End shoes are $20 for a reason - zilcho support!)

Yes, I could wear my reliable, favorite tennis shoes. (right now Asics are my choice). Except, as I mentioned before, I don't want to stand out like a sore - well foot - while trekking through the streets of Rome & Florence.

And so the quest continues.

A friend had recommended the Keen brand, and I began to research the styles available. I really wanted a clog style, to avoid the dreaded heel rub. And I've already mentioned my obsession with Mary Jane shoes. So I was optimistic that I'd found the holy grail when I purchased these from


Petaluma Clog by Keen at
Petaluma Clog by
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Yes, they come with a hefty price tag. I am not afraid to pay for comfort and durability - and good shoes.

When they arrived, I gleefully tore into the box, like a kid at Christmas.

It's a shoe addiction people. I can't resist!

The verdict:
When I put them on, I felt like I had mugged Minnie Mouse and taken her shoes.

(Minnie pic courtesy of

Yeah. Wide like that.

Except in a black suede-ish material. 

I decided to forgo the bow and polka dot dress, and wore them with my usual jeans. I gamely tried them out for our weekly grocery shopping trip - for some reason my back has been hurting after this fun outing.

Up and down the aisles we went. Lifting, twisting, and turning.

I just love the grocery store.
It's a love-hate relationship really.

Anyway - the verdict is, I don't care if I'm a cheap imitation of Minnie Mouse. The Keen clogs have won their way into the finalists for Euro-trekking.

I'll give them a pre-Europe test in NYC.

The quest continues for finalist #2...


  1. Have you ever tried Clarks? I recently discovered them. Most.Comfortable.Shoes.Ever. While we were on vacation I found a Clarks outlet. I *might* have gone a little nuts... :)

  2. I have the same problem. I need to find some comfortable, nonugly shoes. I bought those super ugly MBTs, and even though my feet felt awesome, I looked like shame and regret in a cardigan.