A woman over 50 searches for a good shoe for travel, seeking to strike a balance between sensibility and style.
Walking on the cobblestone streets of Como, Italy more than a decade ago, I took a nasty tumble. I was looking up, down, and all around me (rather than in front of me) when one of my sandals got caught on a steel utility plate on the street, propelling through the air for what seemed like minutes (although it was probably a split second). Accidents always happen in an instant.
When I finally landed, both my knees were badly bloodied and skinned. I’m fortunate that nothing cracked or broke but this incident occurred when I was younger:-).
As one might expect in Italy, a compassionate, good Samaritan waiter seemed to emerge out of nowhere to help, carrying ice and linen napkins that soon turned bright red. With the help of my husband, I hobbled into the nearby restaurant to sit down, check out the damage, apply multiple Band-Aids, and sip a restorative beverage in appreciation for the kindness of the wait staff.
Since that trauma, I’m always on the lookout for good traveling shoes and even reached out to fellow bloggers for advice. A collaborative post on this blog last year, What Do Travel Shoes for Women Over 50 Look Like, turned out to be very popular in Google searches so I’m reassured that I’m not the only woman with this problem.
Constantly on the lookout for shoes that are sensible but that don’t compromise my vanity, I was intrigued when I saw a post this morning on the excellent blog on aging, called Time Goes By. It referenced information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the kind of footwear that can help prevent nasty falls.
NIH described the attributes of proper shoes as ones that:
- Have low heels and non-slip soles
- Fit well, leaving no marks on your feet when you take off your shoes and socks
- Completely surround the foot, meaning no backless and toeless shoes, and
- Support your feet
Then they added a graphic from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons that illustrates “A Good Shoe” and points out its characteristics.
I’m discouraged. This doesn’t look like a shoe for women, although unisex shoes seemed to be in vogue last time we were in Europe. What are your thoughts?
This post is part of a LinkUp with Noel Morata’s Travel Photo Discovery.