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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

Fashion Meets Comfort

in: Event Planning Advice Meeting Planning Experience Technology

Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too; you can work smart and play more; you can be both intelligent and beautiful. I believe in having it all! Recently I was challenged by a colleague to write about fashionable shoes that are also comfortable. Though I love and adore stilettos that lift me to skyscraper status, I realize that it may be unrealistic to wear them when working a meeting. I found the very idea of comfortable fashion intriguing, so I did some research and here is what I found – yes, you can find fashionable shoes that also comfortable. Let’s talk about some fashionable shoes that the meeting planning woman can wear for a full day meeting, and not end up hobbling at the end of the day.

First, check out the Podiatry Shoe Review Blog. This blog is written by Dr. Cathleen A. McCarthy, who was voted “Top Doctor” in the April 2010 issue of Phoenix Magazine. In her blog she recommends shoes for those with “podiatric problems.” Some of the shoe lines she suggests are Jambu, Tsubo, John Fluevog and Dansko. I have to say, as a lover of shoes, I am very impressed with these styles, comfort or not (which they are comfortable), they look fabulous.

I have also heard favorable reviews on Earthies. Earthies are fashionable shoes that provide all day pampering. The company offers casual and dress shoes, along with boots and clogs. According to the web site, Earthies took root over 40 years ago when a yoga instructor designed “footwear with a slight sole incline that re-positioned the wearer’s body more naturally over their frame.”

If you are looking for some stylish and comfortable flats, I personally recommend Steve Madden. They offer styles that work well for both skirts and pants. The brand also adds bling to some of their options, making them appropriate to wear for dressier occasions.

Other helpful hints for the heel wearing crowd:

* Foot Petals, an absolute must have for my stiletto lovin’ sistas! The Heavenly Heelz are especially helpful to prevent slippage and blisters.

* Another good blister avoiding option is Dr. Scholl’s For Her Rub Relief.

* Band-Aid offers a Blister Friction Block Stick which is also helpful in preventing those painful blisters.

Meeting planners, I know you demand a lot from your feet. Keep those tootsies healthy with these helpful (and oh-so-fashionable hints). Now it’s your turn; do you have any hints, tips or tricks for keeping light on your feet, even at the most grueling of meeting days? Be sure to share it with us below!

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