By the time many women hit age 40, they are left to deal with the shoe sins they committed in their 20s and 30s, including aching arches from teetering in too-high stilettos at the clubs, sore heels from walking too many miles in un-supportive rubber flip-flops and callouses from buying cheap, man-made knock-offs of designer shoes.
Three of the most improved brands are Easy Spirit, Naturalizer, and Clarks. These brands were once known for simple slip-on and clog styles, but have since gotten an injection of major style. If you visit their stores or websites, you will now find open-toe booties, cute ballet flats, wedges and boots with urban details and in more finishes than just brown, white or black.
Many of the styles feature such surprising touches as beaded or woven T-straps, of-the-moment metallics and even python prints. They are the type of shoes you can stash on vacation that will travel well and take you effortlessly from poolside to patio dining under the stars.
For women who want to achieve the most height they can without damaging their feet, styles by Carlos Santana, Jessica Simpson, Steve Madden and Michael Kors might be the answer.
What these brands have in common is that they manufacture a broad spectrum of cork-bottom wedges and classic espadrilles, which give the sexiness of a heel, but with sensible support.
Every woman, regardless of her age, should own this style in both a neutral leather or fabric and a splashy summer patent leather or canvas. By owning both, you will be able to have neutrals to match everything, including your work wardrobe, and colors to jazz up outfits in muted tones.
By looking at both the form and function of a shoe, and choosing timeless styles with youthful updates, you will ensure that no one will be able to guess your age simply by looking at your footwear. All they will see is a chic woman who glides, not wobbles, across the room.