Updated: Jul 17, 2018
I made a rookie mistake which was so stupid that I could not even believe it. But the truth stares right at me or more precisely it hurts like a b[...]. I guess something good did come out of it, but this is the long story, and you will have to read it to find out.
I went to see my old-time friend for lunch the other day. In the morning when I was getting ready, I picked a dark blue sweater and jeans paired with a pair of awesome high heels. I had worn this pair before and never had any issues (https://www.kurtgeiger.us/women/shoes/courts/britton-black-patent-leather-kurt-geiger-london). Yes, they are about 3.5-inches tall, but I was not planning on walking miles, so I thought.
Lunchtime comes around, and I drive to my friend's office. His work caters lunches to the office. After we grabbed food, we settled outside. It was a beautiful warm Californian afternoon. A light breeze was easing the hot sunshine. People were pouring out of the building to take a stroll to enjoy the beautiful weather. We decided to join in on the party.
As we were getting up, I thought I could easily manage a 20 min walk. I knew that my friend had a 1 o'clock meeting. I could not have been more wrong! As we slowly strolled, we ran into his coworkers who informed my friend that he could skip that 1 pm meeting. Damn! I was not ready for that. I kept my cool and continued walking knowing that this would not end well.
We ended up walking for 40 mins straight! And as comfortable as high hills can be this was a long time. I could feel a few spots where the blisters had started to form.
My rookie mistake was ridiculously stupid. At 35, I should have know better. I should have declined the invitation to walk. I could have walked bare feet - would have been a strange but a possible alternative. Also, I felt stupid. People were looking at me and possibly admiring my skill to walk in my awesome shoes, but most likely they were judging my decision to wear these. And they were right.
Of course, I finished the walk and like a real woman showed no sign of distress. I knew that I needed to take the shoes off, but I also knew there was no way I can put them back on afterward. I had a choice to make suffer till the end of the day or go bare feet.
I got to my car and with pleasure quickly took off my shoes and send them flying onto my back seat. I had only one option when I got to my office - walk bare feet! I run across the parking lot because the asphalt was burning my feet. Thankfully, I did not run into anyone in a hallway. At my desk, I found socks in my gym bag and wore them instead of shoes for the rest of the day.
A positive thing that came out of this - an excellent pair of sandals! I was so annoyed with myself and felt the need to add more flats to my wardrobe. I went to the local shopping mall in Palo Alto, CA. I usually never shop at Bloomingdales, but I decided to give it a try. I was surprised by how limited their selection is. They did not have that many brands to try on. I stopped by an unfamiliar stand - Gentle Souls. To be honest, I have never heard of them. I asked for a few pairs of sandals. To my surprise, they were amazingly soft, comfortable and had an attractive design. I picked up a colorful pair of shoes.
I have worn these sandals a few times now, and I can say they are of good quality and excellent comfort level. This pair will be my go-to sandal for this summer.