High heels and tights – somewhat of a foundation in my sartorial choices. I have declared my love for heels often, but even though I wear them a lot, that doesn’t mean I’m immune to the pain. I think I’ve just learned to block it out. What can I say? I suffer for my style. However, that doesn’t always need to be the case. Marks & Spencer do a range of heels with Insolia technology in them which redistributes your weight, meaning technically, they won’t be so ouch-y. But does it really work? I decided to put them to the test.
Last week, Marks & Spencer very kindly sent me a pair of heels from their Autograph Premium range. Classic black, faux pony hair – they’re delightful little numbers, I tell you. My usual protocol with heels is to wear them around the house a little with socks to identify any areas where they may rub and of course, to perfect my strut. But with these bad boys, I decided to throw them in the deep end: spending three hours hopping from meeting to meeting, trudging the streets of London town, over cobbles and escalators and slippy office reception areas.
So how did they fare?
Admittedly, I did end up with blisters on my heels where they rubbed a bit, but I think that’d be pretty standard for any pair of heels I wore for that length of time as soon as I took them out of the box. But a problem area for me, and I’m sure all women, with heels is that inevitable burning-ball-of-the-feet feeling you get after a couple of hours. We curse it every time we feel it and yet, with your foot stuck in that position in a shoe, it’s kind of inevitable right? Well, I’ve gotta say, I did not have that feeling in these shoes. I definitely still knew I was wearing heels, but it was a welcome relief to not have the ‘burny foot’.
Marks & Spencer also do tights with padding on the ball of the foot which HELLO! Why do all tights not have this?!
Anyhoo, I say all that to say this: I’m kinda digging this Insolia technology. I’m looking forward to wearing these shoes more so I no longer have the heel rubbing and can fully enjoy all their comfy benefits.
Check out the Autograph Premium range over on Marks & Spencer (some seriously nice styles there – M&S be frumpy no more! The black ones above also come in leopard print, which are tres sexy and I’m considering getting).
Thumbs up to you M&S, my feet thank you.