I'm not someone who owns or buys many pairs of shoes, in fact, walking in to a shoe shop fills me with dread. I've had problems with shoes rubbing against my skin and causing blisters since I was tiny so I've tended to break in whatever I'm wearing and then stick with them until they're just about falling off my feet.
In winter, I wear a pair of ankle boots and in summer, I usually wear open backed shoes or flip flops, not the ones which go between your toes I hasten to add, they rub me.
This year I decided that I wanted a pair of proper sandals. I wondered what style to go for. I'm no fashionista, anyone who knows me will tell you that I go for comfort above looks every time, so when I thought back to my childhood and remembered the Jesus sandals I used to wear, I decided they would do nicely. They didn't rub me and they were really comfortable. Of course, at the time, I thought I was being very badly done to being made to wear them above the trendy sandals my friends were wearing, but now I realise that my mum was acting in my best interests.
Mick's cricket match was cancelled again on Saturday, he's hardly played this season because of the rain. As soon as we heard, we hopped in the car and went to Leeds. You wouldn't believe the trouble we had finding a pair of these. The only place we could find any resembling what I was after was good old Clarks, the shoe shop of my childhood. They always measured children's feet and offered different width fittings so that shoes fit perfectly so it was the place my mum headed to first and it's been a tradition to take my own children to this shop for their school shoes too.
The sandals I found came in black or white and I had a bit of a problem deciding but opted for black in the end. I absolutely love them.
They're not exactly what I was looking for, but very close. The sole is much thicker than I wanted but I don't actually mind this now as the extra thickness means that they're really cushioned which makes them extra comfy.
I've worn them a couple of times now and there's no indication that they're going to rub. OK, I'm not going to win any fashion awards, but I am going to be comfortable and that's all that matters to me.