Busy Life, Happy Feet

Susan B of une femme d'un certain age wears Clark's loafers in black patent. Dogs wear their own fur coats. ;-)

When it comes to my footwear, comfort is non-negotiable. But neither do I want to sacrifice style. And as someone with (increasingly) finicky feet, it’s not always easy to find both.

This post is sponsored by Macy’s and ShopStyle. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Many thanks to Macy’s for their partnership on this post! They provided me two pairs of shoes from Clarks to try. Clarks shoes are well-known for comfort. But I was genuinely (and pleasantly) surprised by just HOW comfortable these styles are. Both passed my ultimate test: I wore each pair for hours at a time and completely forgot about my feet. And they looked great!

Also, right now you can buy more and save more during Macy’s Great Shoe Sale, using promo code GREAT.

Detail: Susan B. of une femme d'un certain age wears Clark's patent leather loafers.

Travel-ready!

I’m a big fan of loafers. They’re a classic style that dresses up or down, and are a favorite for travel. I chose this pair (gifted) in black patent as they’ll go from day to evening with ease. And they’d be a great addition to an office wardrobe. Offered in Wide widths too.

Susan B of une femme d'un certain age wears a casual brunch look with blue Clark's platform sandals.
Detail: Susan B of une femme d'un certain age wears blue Clarks platform sandals.

Casual brunch…

I like sandals that add a bit of height and “visual volume” to balance out my dusters and longer cardigans, so decided to try this cork wedge style (gifted). They’re available in several other colors too, as well as widths. I think these run a little bit small, so went up ½ size from my usual sandal size. The actual heel pitch is only 1½ inches, well within my comfort zone. They feel very stable, even with the platform.

Detail: Susan B of une femme d'un certain age wears Clarks wedge sandals and cuffed jeans.

Saturday farmers’ market run…

These sandals would also look great styled with this season’s fuller skirts.

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20 Comments

  1. Vildy
    April 4, 2019 / 3:43 am

    I completely agree about Clarks. I had been urging a friend to try them and when she lost a lot of weight and her shoe size changed she finally bought a pair. Had the same reaction you did. Amazed at how very comfortable, stable and supportive they were. My Clarks shoes are even better than my various German comfort shoes and that’s saying a lot. Clarks can feel as though they were custom made for your feet and how you walk.

  2. April 4, 2019 / 4:59 am

    I love comfy shoes that add to my height too. Why suffer for style? I have the tan suede wedges and expect them to be in heavy rotation in my wardrobe all summer. I love how those loafers look on you, Susan.

  3. April 4, 2019 / 5:12 am

    I really like the black patent loafers…but am so wary of anything patent leather. It just does not give at all so I can’t even consider them! But I agree that loafers are the almost perfect shoe! I’m so glad so many shoes now have rubber, vibram or whatever (not leather) soles: makes all the difference.

    • Susan B
      April 4, 2019 / 6:10 am

      Hi Libby, these are actually quite soft, not the stiff patent leather we grew up with. 🙂

  4. Yvonne
    April 4, 2019 / 6:50 am

    I have those loafers and they are so comfortable!

  5. MJ
    April 4, 2019 / 7:33 am

    Really cute shoes, and I know from past experience how comfortable Clarks shoes are. These are not shoes I would have picked out on my own, but they look so cute on you that I (gulp, but they’re on sale!) bought them both. Used your links so hope you get a generous % for having inspired me to get them.

    • Susan B
      April 4, 2019 / 5:25 pm

      Thanks very much, MJ!

  6. Elizabeth
    April 4, 2019 / 7:46 am

    Susan, you look lovely in white with the jean duster and cork sandals! I’ve worn Clarks for years, but their leather & suede lace up walking shoes take the cake. They travel everywhere with me because they’re light, give incredible support ( especially on cobblestones) and they are somewhat streamlined instead of chunky. I have 2 pairs, in khaki & in denim blue. The colour range tends to be subdued. They also come with 2 different styles of shoelaces!

    • Susan B
      April 4, 2019 / 5:24 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth!

  7. Kellee
    April 4, 2019 / 10:20 am

    I love both of these shoe styles! The platform is right up my alley and I can see myself wearing the loafers for teaching. Great choices!

  8. April 4, 2019 / 3:20 pm

    I too can vouch for how surprisingly comfortable Clark’s shoes are, and having seen Sue just this morning, how cute and classic and also modern those loafers are! The kind of shoe that instantly make something like jeans and a tee less casual but not precious in any way.

    • Susan B
      April 4, 2019 / 5:22 pm

      Thanks so much, Lisa! It was SUCH a pleasure to see you and I wish we’d had more time.

  9. Carol Montanti
    April 4, 2019 / 5:18 pm

    Me too! I have had such good luck with Clark shoes, have literally worn them out on month long trips in Italy and Spain with lots of walking, and their styles have become more “stylish” the last few years too. Are those your lovely puppies? (the dogs, not the feet!)

    • Susan B
      April 4, 2019 / 5:22 pm

      Thanks, Carol! Yes, those are my little hooligans. The black/tan/white one is Coco, and white with brown is Byron.

  10. Love UneFemme's blog
    April 4, 2019 / 9:51 pm

    Unfortunately the links don’t work forat least some of us using VPNs. If Macys wants to block shoppers who use safety features like VPNs, they’re going to lose out on some business. I wanted to let you know, since they partnered with you on this post. I was actually rather eager to look at the other colors available in the platform sandals. I’m pretty sure Clarks is distributing those same sandals through other retailers, though.

    There are plenty of other online retailers who don’t require online shoppers to sacrifice a safety feature to spend money at their stores. I shop mostly at nordstrom.com, but there are many others.

    Thanks for a great blog, Susan!

  11. SuD
    April 5, 2019 / 4:26 am

    The patent leather look nice, but they are made of manmade materials which in my experience, don’t breathe or last long.

  12. Isis Molisani
    April 5, 2019 / 9:02 pm

    Me toooo!! I had surgery in both big toes, both knees, and on my Achilles tendon; I need wide shoes, so I was very happy to find Clarks an Skechers at QVC.com, where I’ve been buying all my shoes for the past 5 years. Last October I was able to walk for hours in Paris and Normandy with my Clarks and Skechers!! By the way, yours is the only blog I follow. It feels so real, so us “of a certain age”(62 here). Thank you.

  13. Pat B
    April 6, 2019 / 6:41 am

    I have a pair of Clark’s sandals and love them, although I wish their wide width were a tad wider (return of bunions). Mine are perforated suede open toe slings with a rubber platform. I can shop all day in them. Probably a half size down with show stretchers would have been perfect. Thanks for the inspiration you provide!

  14. Pat
    April 6, 2019 / 9:55 pm

    Susan, I would love a post on cute, summery shoes that hide the toes . I have horrible feet and ugly toes, but would love to find some cute shoes for the warmer months. Any ideas for those of us not blessed with good feet and toes?!

    • Susan B
      April 7, 2019 / 7:06 pm

      Hi Pat, funny you mention that…look for a post tomorrow!

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