Is this not what we want: To be able to walk, even trot, stand for awhile, not think, "I wish I hadn't worn these shoes"?
I desire spring shoes that don't summon the dreaded phrase, "comfort shoe", but that I'll wear all day. Time to consider choices while the selection is good.
A heel that handles a walk
"Guy" herringbone heels from Accessoire Diffusion, €185. (No sales through web site; see shops on web site.)
Early spring: blueblooded boot
A boot will still serve, but not the clunky winter kind. Belstaff "Agnes" boots, with substantial heel and cushioned sole. $595 from Net-a-porter. Which I will pronounce not-afford-er.
One day, "l'hiver, c'est bien fini". These can only be spring shoes! Anyi Lu "Tulip" mid heel is $365 from Arthur Beren and other shoe retailers. Shown in lilac, (see the snakeskin heel and trim on buckle); also comes in a vibrant royal patent and black patent.
The Stuart Weitzman "Reflex" sandal is going to make that first wearing of blouse, no sweater required, feel even more blissful.
Enough coverage to stay on my foot, bare enough to enjoy the pedicure. Also in black, $275 from Zappos.
Arche "Perina" nubuck sandals in amarante. Worth $350 because you can wash these (they wear wonderfully) and my feet purr. And look at this delectable colour.
Loafers, but not too tough
Cole Haan Air Penny drivers have that rescue-me Nike Air technology and come in ethereal lemonade, $178 from Cole Haan. Also in flirty nailpolish-pink patent which is not "me" but
captivating on the right woman.
Ballerinas to dance in
Also from Cole Haan (the Maria Sharapova Collection) comes an intelligent ballet flat. I loved the rich blue metallic, the built-up sole and the Nike Air cushioning and support. Price, $138; also in both silver and gold metallics.
Walk like a woman
Joie's "Louie Louie" borrows from boys' brogues but slips on. Slightly transgressive when worn with a dress, and immeasurably more style than sneakers when paired with pants. At Neiman Marcus, $198.
Shown in elephant grey (isn't this a marvelous shade?); also available in cognac. International shipping (call Customer Service outside N. America).
Nothing against sneakers. Go sneak.
I do know Jack: I want my sneakers unadorned. Converse Jack Purcells, from J. Crew.
White. Navy. Black. $65.
Good for the sole
Tom's are like espadrilles: easy, unpretentious and cool in a not-trying way. And may I add, blissfully unpointy, with arch and heel support.
With every pair you buy, Tom's gives a pair to a child in need. Shown, the $54 Novia Classic. Tons of patterns and styles on their web site, even shoes for little feet and vegans.