On My Feet

I used to wear heels all the time.

As a high school teacher who is 5’7″ (not short, but not tall either) who had her classroom in senior hallway, I frequently found myself getting lost in the crowd of varsity athletes and Dutch giants that grow in West Michigan.  When speaking to a junior about his disruption in class, I found myself looking up to him.

So I wore heels.

Not only did it give me a little bit more height, but it gave me more of a grown up, professional look too.

Six years ago I ditched the heels for flat, practical shoes because I was pregnant and my mother was afraid I would kill myself on such tall shoes. In fact, she took me shopping for a nice comfy pair of both black and brown shoes, and then bought me a couple more pairs for Christmas that year.

She claimed to she didn’t want to see me fall and get hurt. I know she was only concerned for her grandson. It’s Ok. I get it.

I claimed I would go back to all my cute heels after having the baby.

Everyone told me that my fit might get bigger with pregnancy. They swelled up like bricks, but I didn’t think my actual shoe size would go up.

Eddie was born in June, and I went back to work in September. On my first day back I put on a cute, strappy pair of wedges.  By the end of the day, those cute wedges had been kicked off because they were leaving indents all over my feet. I wrote it off as not being used to be on my feet for so many hours.

I tried again a couple days later with a cute pair of kitten heels, and again they were discarded in favor of walking around barefoot on the gross school carpeting.

The rest of that first week back, I broke teacher dress code and wore flip flops. I didn’t have any other shoes that wouldn’t eat my feet by the end of the day.

When cooler weather showed up, it was the same story.  All the heels I comfortably wore before pinched and blistered my feet.  I had enough and invested in somewhere near a million pairs of ballet flats.

Five years and another pregnancy later, and my feet have gone from a size 7 to a size 8.

All the cute wedges and heels from pre-kid days have long been packed up and sent to Goodwill. I own very few non-flat shoes–only a couple pairs to go with extra fancy dresses for things like weddings and funerals.  Everything else is a flat.

For the past five years I have been teaching in flats, which means I have been living in flats, and I am here to tell you not all flats are created equal.

If it’s not tall boot weather, my flat of choice is a ballet flat.  They are cute with a wide-leg pant, skirts, and skinny jeans. Plus even in a size 8 they make my feet look small and dainty.

Yes, I have foot vanity. What?

I’ve found that you get what you pay for when it comes to comfort and durability.  While it’s easy to rake in five pairs for under $50 at some local stores, usually it’s just like walking on concrete with no support.  And if you’re going to stand all day, that is not really going to cut it.

I usually go through a million pairs of cheap ballet flats, I won’t lie.

Recently though I tried Juil’s new ballet flats (I really want the sandals too, but it would be a dance with insanity to wear anything without a tube sock out of the house right now).

Juil shoes giveaway with Sluiter Nation

Juil’s sandals and shoes have little copper dots that “ground” you. That’s right…they work to help you connect with the earth–which acts as a giant toxin magnet–to help balance you.

I know, it sounds crazy, but so far, it feels like it works.

I have dubbed them my “happy feet shoes”.

Plus they are cute and comfy and I love them.

Here is the fun part of this post…I get to give a pair of Juil shoes away to one of YOU!  All you have to do is click over to the Sluiter Nation Juil Giveaway and enter your information.

You must have a valid email address to win.

Winners will be chosen randomly by Juil, but I will be contacting the winner.

If chosen, you must respond within 3 days of the winner announcement or a new winner will be chosen.

Contest will run for ONE week (ending Tuesday, February 11).

Now go enter!  And tell me…if you win…what pair will you chose?

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this post. I was sent a pair of Juil shoes, but all opinions are my own.