Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be sent a pair of Fit Flops from Shoetique to review (read here) which I absolutely loved and wore constantly through the summer. Sadly as the summer comes to an end, so does the wearing of sparkly pink flips flops.
However the lovely Rachel from Shoetique made contact with me a couple of weeks ago asking if I would like to review anything from their Autumn/Winter range. Well, as someone who suffers with various feet ailments, of course that sounded perfect to me.
As I was going to Budapest I thought it might be an ideal opportunity to try them out and see how they performed when there was a lot of walking involved.
Firstly thought I had to choose what I wanted to be sent.Rachel offered to send me a couple of pairs so that I could try them on and keep which pair I thought best.
I wanted to try a get a shoe that was multipurpose; something for day and night, and that would match a lot of my vintage outfits.
My first choice was the FitFlop Banda Roxy Sandal in Bronze With Backstrap. I went with this shoe as I wanted to have a more formal sandal but something that was neutral in colour. This was so pretty and had a lovely bronze shimmer. The front section was encrusted in sparkling stones and it fit the bill exactly.
The second pair I went for was a little more “me” A lovely pair of black patent pumps; the FitFlop Pretty Bow Superballerina Shoes. I like a good pair of ballet pumps but tend to find the ones I usually have a very basic with thin soles. These are great for mixing and matching with my dresses, however after a day of heavy walking I always feel like my feet have been chopped off and I am walking on raw bloody stumps.
Whenever I go to London for the day, the following day I am next to useless. Limping around and in quite a bit of pain. It literally is agony to even get out of bed and put my feet on the floor.
This is because I suffer badly with plantar fasciitis and so shoes with a bit of padding and bounce really help the situation. Having now had two previous pairs of fitflops, and with some advice from the lovely Rachel, I decided to go with them again.
The shoes arrived on Saturday morning just as I was about to leave for my weekend in London. Well, how fortuitous. I immediately opened them up and tried them both.
The sandals were just lovely. So soft and very pretty. I carefully unwrapped them and tried them on. Alas, they just did not fit me. The soles and front were perfect, but the strap that comes across the top of the foot was too tight for my fat trotters! Dejectedly I carefully packed them up and put them back in the box.
Opening the second box, the superballerina and was really happy that I had chosen them. A lovely lightweight pump, with a pretty bow on the front, I could see that they had a lot of cushioning from the depth of the sole.
I decided to take them to London with me just on the off chance that I would need a pair of black shoes.
Three days later I found myself with a day to walk around London and a black and red rose Ava dress. Well of course the shoes were perfect for the occasion. I found myself wandering through Westfields, Hyde Park, Spitalfields, Brick Lane and Marble Arch. We certainly walked some miles that day, approximately 6 miles in total!
I am not going to lie. Wearing a brand new pair of shoes, fresh out of the box was not the cleverest thing I could have done. I did get a couple of blisters. But as I said, brand new patent shoes need to be worn in quite a bit!
However, even with the blisters the shoes were absolutely amazing. For the first time ever I got up the next day with no pain. No limping and no feeling like my feet were going to drop off. I was gobsmacked to be honest.
Now my plan was to take them to Budapest as I knew I would be doing a lot of walking. However the sensible part of me said that I probably need to break them in a bit more before heavier duty wearing.
Not to be foiled I took my pink fitflop sandals and my black mary janes. Having worn both pairs of shoes in, I knew they were exactly what I needed for walking miles around a new city.
And you know what? They really were! I was so comfortable and my feet were happy for the whole five days I was there. I had no issues with my Plantar Fasciitis and I could have walked even more miles than we already did.
This weekend I am again going off to London. There will be a lot of walking involved again and this time I have made sure my superballerina’s have been fully broken in. I know that even with all the mileage I am going to be doing, my feet will be cushioned and comfortable.
I heartily recommend Fitflops especially if you suffer with your feet. They have made my adventure days a lot more easy and comfortable and I know I will be purchasing more in the future.
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