I read it once in a shoe museum (in London was it?) that the high heel shoes were built for the royal women and the women of the elite families so that the rim of their long dresses and skirts were protected from puddles of water and dirt on the ground. It seems that after that we, the commoners, started liking the style too. And used it so thoughtlessly that never wondered about the origin of it all. The difference however is how we do not even intend protecting the cloth; all we think about is the style now. Today the high heels are as abundant as it seems they have been available since the beginning of time. And one thing they usually are not is comfortable.
I have been looking for a stylish yet comfortable pair of shoes that are not sneakers forever now. I stopped at the mall in the quest of a nice and comfortable pair this past Friday night. After a few stops I found myself at Naturalizer, where my sister S shops a lot. I had found their collection mature-looking before but lately I find quite a variety of styles there. Given how my feet were agonizing in my shoes at the time, I found their shoes really comfortable and ended up buying two pairs of summery high heels. But wearing them for two days and in the airport today seems like the sandals are not that comfortable after all; even though more comfortable than the ones I had before. They are stylish, the straps are pretty flexible, and I really like their versatile shiny nude color.
The quest for the stylish yet comfortable shoes, particularly for travels, is not over yet. Although Naturalizer is strongly yet cautiously recommended.