Especially for runners.
Here in Florida we suffer through Winter in January and February. Yes, we joke and poke fun as we wear tank tops to Christmas Parades and play football in the front yard on Christmas Day with "shirts and skins"... but all of our heckling is quickly shut up with well below freezing temperatures once January rolls around.
Now, truth be told, I wear boots year round, however once those colder temperatures arrive, I am looking for something snuggly. Last month when I received a pair of Aerosoles Caramel Taupe Suede boots which go nearly all the way up to my knee and are lined with soft fur in the whole inside, I did not even hesitate to put them on... and I have worn them nearly every day since.
See, this is the first pair of boots I have ever loved that did not have a heel. I have been a slave to high heels since I was a sophomore in high school. Never getting past 5'2" has been frustrating - from not being able to walk through a crowd to not being able to reach the top cabinet in my kitchen. So for the last 15+ years I have worn at least 3" heels - usually higher. I have a love for shoes only paralleled by Carrie Bradshaw and have had to build numerous shelves to accommodate my fabulous heels in every shape, style, and color.
When I went to be fitted for running shoes last year, complaining of debilitating shin splints, the very first question was - "Do you wear high heels?" My heart sunk. Literally even my flip flops had high heels.
Since this year my goal is to run 12 5k races I knew it was time to get serious about running, and to finally put an end to my suffering with shin splints. It's time to learn the proper stretches, do the proper warm ups, wear the proper shoes...
In short, it's time to hang up the heels.
I had been agonizing over this decision and trying to find "cute" flat shoes and boots to no avail. I cant wear tennis shoes all the time and most ballet slipper type shoes make me look like Frodo... everything is just cuter with heels. And honestly, I probably never would have picked up this pair in a store because of my aversion to "flat" boots... however they were truly love at first step.
I have worn them both inside and outside of my blue jeans and both look fantastic. I have worn them everywhere - from grocery shopping to kicking off Mardi Gras, where I was on my feet dancing and partying for literally 7 solid hours and they felt and looked great for both. My old heels would never have allowed for a night of dancing like that. I have literally not even looked in the direction of my painful, torturous heels.
Aerosoles are known for comfort, and I was pleasantly surprised to peruse their site and find dozens of cute pairs of shoes with the same comfort technology as my Caramel Boots. EVEN HEELS!! Be.Still.My.Heart. They have styles for Career, Dress, Sandals, Flats, and of course boots. They even have a selection of wider shoes as well.
Ohhh... and the Aerosoles Caramel Boots are on sale right now. So I am ordering the exact same pair... in black!