|Michael Kors bootie; Source|
|Keyshia Cole x Steve Madden Collection; Source|
|Charlotte Olympia Pre-Fall 2014; Source|
Ladies, if we can’t fit a square peg into a round hole then why do we keep forcing our feet to fit into pointed-toe shoes? On second thought, please forget that I stated we. Not all ladies decide to wear pointed-toe shoes. I wish I was one of them but you know by now if you follow my blog that I am nothing if not honest. I am still amazed that women, myself included, keep wearing pointed-toe shoes. I guess I am a sucker for how pointed-toe shoes, pumps especially look with everything from skinny jeans to a pair of tailored pants. I still berate myself over this as I have heard from numerous sources that pointed-toe shoes are not good for feet. Still, it is rather difficult to abstain from buying them when they looks as good as those below.
|Sall LaPointe Fall 2014; Source|
|Stella McCartney heels; Source|
It is always interesting for me when I choose to do so since throughout the day a stream of individuals, those who know me well and even those who do not, that they could never wear pointed-toe shoes. It is similar to the reaction I receive when I wear a pair of heels that are more than three inches in height. Do you get this reaction from friends, acquaintances and strangers when you wear certain types of shoes?
I don’t know why I continue to buy these pointed-toe shoes; particularly, because from the time I started wearing heels somewhere in my teens I was instructed by my mother not to wear pointed-toe shoes, which she called king-toed shoes, because I would end up with multiple foot ailments from hammer toe to bunions. I certainly can’t state that I was not warned about the potential consequences of wearing pointed-toe shoes. That was enough to scare me a little but it did not quite scare me straight. Once I discovered how great pointed-toe shoes can look with a variety of different looks my toes were bound to be occasionally tortured but within reason. With the addition of years, has come wisdom in how to pamper my feet. There is a proper way to relieve foot discomfort but still invest in pointed toe shoes. I have invested in all types of cushions that relieve the balls of the feet from the toes. There is no denying that pointed-toe shoes look quite dashing with a variety of casual and dressy looks so if I have to make an effort to cushion my tootsies when I wear them so be it. Maybe, some of the ladies below also prescribe to this guideline.
|Kate Beckinsale; Source|
|Olivia Palermo; Source|
|Bella Thorne; Source|
|Heidi Klum; Source|
|Blogger Sophie Valkiers; Source|
|La La Anthony; Source|
|Jessica Alba; Source|
|Audrey Tatou; Source|
Pointed-toe shoes are certainly trending as one of the most popular shoes styles this fall but that doesn’t mean I am going to wear them with wild abandon. You may or may not believe this but while I do have nothing but love for pointed-toe shoes I do practice restraint. Out of all of the shoes and boots I have a minimal number have pointed-toes. I give myself some credit also for selectively choosing when I will wear these gems. If I know I will have a hectic day ahead my pointed-toe heels remain in hibernation no matter how cute they are. The fashionable ladies below know this for sure. Look at the fabulous ensembles they created with a pair of pointed-toe shoes. The looks below were sourced from Pinterest unless otherwise noted.
Let me get back to the king-toed reference I used earlier. I
finally asked my mother one day why she calls pointed-toe shoes king-toe shoes.
Her response was that it is what they were called in the 1960s. Of course, with
my curiosity always at maximum peak where anything about fashion is concerned,
I could not leave it be. I just had to find out when and why king-toed became
part of the vernacular. Can I let you in on something? Apparently, king-toe is
a type of shoe technology that manufacturer Red Wing shoes uses to provide more
room for feet to stretch in a shoe. I know what you are thinking, I don’t get
it either. Initially, it seemed to me that king-toe shouldn’t have ever been used to
label pointed-toe shoes.
Luckily, I did not stop my research on that note. It turns out that pointed-toe shoes were immensely popular during the 14th and 15th centuries during the reign of Edward IV and Richard III; however, they were referred to as crakows or crackowes because it was believed that pointed-toe shoes originated in Krakow, Poland. Other historical names for pointed-toe shoes are turnshoe, poulain and winkle pickers. King-toe is certainly a worthy nickname for pointed-toe shoes if winkle pickers was an acceptable nickname for them in the 1950s.
|14th Century Shoe; Source|
If you want a reason to justify why you wear pointed-toe shoes just tell anyone who ask that the pointed-toe shoes of today are much more comfortable than the pointed-toe shoes from the 13th to the 15th centuries. Shoes had such a long toe that they were tied to the leg with whalebone or string. It makes me wonder if the stylish have always suffered for fashion.
|13th of 14th Century Shoe; Source|
|Medieval Latchet Shoe; Source|
|Unknown Century; Source|
Do you own any pointed-toe shoes or do you have the fortitude to just say no when you spot a must-have pair while shopping? What are you doing, if you do own pointed-toe shoes, to ensure your toes have breathing room in your shoes?
My inquiring mind wants to know. I love receiving comments so don’t be shy.
Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I really appreciate your support.
I think it is quite fitting as I leave you for now if I state, If the shoe fits wear it and if it does not let it go. This is especially true with pointed-toe shoes, ladies.
Enjoy the shoe views below as I bid you goodbye for now. Note: The images below were sourced from Pinterest unless otherwise noted.