Search for the Everyday Shoes – Grendha & Crocs
If you have an office dress code that’s as frustrating as the one I am required to abide by — well, it’s only frustrating because those outfits are not only darned uncomfy and unfit for public transport, they also make you look manang — you’d probably dress up like Miss Tapia. (For those who can’t relate, imagine the most rigid schoolmarm you have ever encountered.)
(Ok, Gokusen‘s Yankumi, pictured here, is far from being a rigid disciplinarian…but she dons the look.)
Where I come from, women are required to wear heels and below-the-knee (make-short-women-look-like-hobbits) skirts from Mondays to Wednesdays, heels and slacks from Thursdays onwards. I’ve already howled about equal rights before: men should wear skirts and heels from Mondays to Wednesdays, too! I know they are forced to wear barongs or suits…I don’t mind wearing barongs or suits. Let’s face it, men can easily cheat on dress codes. There are trainers that are designed to look like leather shoes, noh!
Anyway, I used to sport stiletto heels and boots, but now my back and my feet are complaining. My feet are in constant pain, actually. They’ve also started to change shape. In that ghastly, ghastly kind of way.
I already have manly feet to begin with. Now they don’t even look like they belong to a human being. Thus began the search for that comfortable but non-manang pair of daily footwear. First, I found these on the Grendha shelves.
I was supposed to look for madaya flats (you know, flats that don’t like like they’re flats) but these kitten-heeled jellies were just too cute to pass up. They’re very comfy, although I noticed that when it comes to keeping my feet stink-free, they pale in comparison to my Melissa shoes.
So you wouldn’t need to ask what my Melissas look like, here’s a photo of my stylist sister wearing them.
She blogged about this outfit at Reluctant Stylista. These Vivenne Westwood Melissas are definitely not made for walking. Trust me, I tried. There’s a reason why they appear frequently on my sister’s blog and not on mine.
There are two things I love about this pair, though. One is that they’re designed by Vivienne Westwood. The other is how your feet smell like candy whenever you take them off. I’ve had them for almost three years and the scent remains.
But I digress. Let me segue back. The Grendhas are lovely. However, I still felt like I needed a good pair of flats. The search was tough because I have yet to see flats that I really like…
Until I stumbled upon these at Amazon.com.
They’re Crocs. Yup. I had to blink twice to make sure that I was reading the brand right.
See, I have always thought that Crocs had the FUGLIEST designs known to mankind. In fact, my sister refused to look at them when she heard me say I bought Crocs. She didn’t have a choice when I came home today, saw them and said, “Cute shoes!’
To which I replied with, “They’re Crocs.”
I do understand why she reacted the way she did. Like I said, I never thought that brand could come up with something that looks fairly decent while still maintaining the kind of comfort they’re known to provide. I was just initially shocked. In a good way, of course.
Anyway, I’ll just let this hectic season pass before I go back to searching for more alternatives to the Miss Tapia look.