Monday, 19 May 2014

Oranges & Polka Dots

Crop top - DIY | pinafore - thrifted | socks - Dangerfield | shoes - Naot | brooch - DIY

I have found the ultimate pair of shoes, and I am never going to buy another pair.

Alright, so that's a little dramatic and I'm sure that I will cave eventually, but this pair of shoes is so freakin' comfortable that I never want to take them off. After giving myself tendonitis from merely walking around, I had to finally admit that I needed supportive shoes, and this ultimately led to this comfortable-shoe revelation. But it wasn't easy because most comfy shoes are, for some reason, completely hideous.

Why must it be the case that all cute shoes also happen to be horribly uncomfortable?? ;__;

There was also no way that I was going to resort to sneakers, or worse - crocs (I don't care how comfortable my dad says they are, they're not happening).
Frustrated, I tried adding padded-insoles to all my shoes, but this didn't seem to help me much on the tendonitis front, and it was getting so bad that I wasn't even able to leave the house because it was too painful to walk. So I went back to my search, and after hours of looking for "non-ugly orthopedic-style shoes" on google, I finally came across Naot. Considering that I wasn't able to leave the house because of my sore feet, I convinced myself to see the $200 that they cost as an investment in my wellbeing, and crossed my fingers that they would be as comfortable as all the reviews said they were.

And - oh my goodness. Wearing them is like walking on clouds. They're also very durable - considering I've worn them basically every single day for the last 3 months, they don't even look that worn or scuffed. And although it was difficult to find out much about the production, they appear to be made in Israel (who seem to have decent working conditions/wages etc), with raw materials from Italy - so they were probably not made in a sweatshop, which is always a bonus.

Anyway, I just wanted to write a little review on them because I struggled for so long with sore feet but didn't realise there was any kind of solution (without giving up on fashion entirely). BUT THERE IS, and it's not ugly! Woo hoo! You can find them here (or if you live in Australia, here).

I hope you're all having a beautiful day!

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  1. Gorgeous shoes, great to hear that they are both comfortable and not made in a sweatshop. You wouldn't catch me dead in Crocs, either. I love the way you've styles them as well. Your hair, socks and lipstick look really great against the grey, black and white.

  2. Loving your hair this length and ofcourse the outfit is smashing! :)

  3. Girl, I feel you! I'm in the same boat. And it sounds insane, but Dansko makes some really cute shoes if you like a clog type look. Not just those nurse shoes everyone knows about either, I have some adorable sandals from them. I've also heard good things about Clarks. Oh! And Cobb Hill is one of my favorite brands (it's made by New Balance so it's like wearing sneakers!). They're also relatively cheap compared to other brands.

    Comfy shoes forever! <3

  4. Such an amazing look, and the price is often worth it, i bought a pair of shoes everyone thought were too expensive and I've worn them almost non stop for two years. It's totally worth it ;D <3

    The Quirky Queer

  5. Aw they are really cute! As is the rest of this outfit, of course.


  6. You are adorable and I love you. <3<3<3 You are my fashion icon.

  7. this pinafore is such a great find! and those shoes are really adorable.
    Rebecca @ tr[i]b[e]cca

  8. Naot shoes are worth every penny. I'm hoping to be able to afford a pair soon. I have to go for Clarks shoes because of my granny feet, wide with bunions. It's so annoying how ugly supportive shoes are :( I struggle to find nice ones a lot

  9. Just discovered this blog and I love the style! So unique x

  10. Dear Annika,
    I've been following your blog for quite a time now and I feel I finally need to say that you are a truly inspirational gal! You're everything one would ever want to be: smart, creative, ethically-conscious and of course stunningly beautiful :)))
    Keep on rocking!

  11. Ciekawa i oryginalna stylizacja, podoba mi się w niej zwłaszcza gra kolorów i to że jest taka zwiewna i wyszczuplająca. No i jak to zwykle u Ciebie super buty:-) Jak zawsze perfekcyjnie wyglądasz
    Zapraszam na swojego bloga gdzie zdradzam jak mozna spac w Paryżu, Berlinie czy Rzymie za mniej niz 100 zl

  12. I have to wear orthotics, so I'm basically constantly looking for cute shoes that aren't going to kill my feet! I get mine mainly from Ziera, but I don't know how ethical they are so I try to buy second hand where I can. Your shoes are adorable though, and they look great with those socks! ^___^

  13. Clarks ( is a comfy shoe brand- they have some cute options like the Palmdale Dasha wedge and the Hamble Oak oxford. It is an American brand so I'm not sure if they ship to Australia. I would have to research where there shoes are made but you can read about it on their site!

  14. These do look so comfortable! I wonder if I'll need to a pair in the near future. Crocs are a NOPE.

  15. They are so cute! I have foot pain really often and have also been on the hunt for comfortable cute shoes. I have been trying insoles too, which have helped a bit, but definitely going to check these out, thank you!
    xo Hannah

  16. Wow, that investment is pricy, but cute! And I'm sure comfy. Crocs ARE comfortable, but they're a total no-no~ I love this outfit! with the cute socks!


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