Last year around this time, I did a short series called Women and Shoes (Women and Shoes: Preferences and Habits and Women and Shoes: Sacrificing Comfort for Fashion). Using data from a ShopSmart magazine survey, I learned that most women (60%) were willing to occasionally wear shoes that hurt their feet.
I was reminded about this series yesterday when my new Anthropologie Sweetbriar Skimmers made me say, "ouch!" I had been eying these shoes since they were full-price at $98. So, when they were marked down to $49.95 recently, I immediately purchased them.
Luckily, I read the reviews of these flats, which overwhelmingly described the shoes as painful because of their narrow cut. Since my foot is somewhat narrow, I decided to give them a chance. I took them on trial run yesterday. You know, walked on carpeted surfaces only. After an hour, the shoes sure did hurt.
Today, my sweetbriar skimmers are going back to Anthro. You see, I enforce a zero tolerance policy on painful shoes.
Where do you stand on painful shoes? Do you believe in "breaking in" shoes?