“Style Forever” by Alyson Walsh

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To celebrate the launch of It’s A Shoe Thing we’re delighted to introduce you to Alyson Walsh, a former fashion editor and successful blogger whose creed is that ‘style is forever’.  In a series of exclusive posts she is going to share her thought on fashion, age and shoes!

In her first post Alyson explains why: “We all know it’s impossible to be fabulous when your feet hurt.”

For the majority of my life I’ve worn comfy shoes, I’m more than happy when the brogue is in vogue – which is very much the case as I type these words. Fashion is all ‘boyfriend this’ and ‘boyfriend that’, and to me, this elegant tomboy style – a loose fitting shirt with slim pants and run-around shoes – is infinitely wearable. Even when your significant other is more of an old boy than boyfriend.

Of course there have been times when I’ve hobbled off sensible shoe street: as a teenager I’d cram my feet into second hand 1960s winkle pickers to go clubbing at the Calypso Bar on Blackpool Pleasure Beach – all plastic palm trees, bad hair and the occasional lost coach party looking for Cannon & Ball. In my thirties I went through a fashion editor phase where I flounced around Magazine Land in pointy kitten heels, a pair of flat shoes/trainers (for actually walking in) never far from reach. It was great then to run around unencumbered when I embarked on my most recent freelance stint, but after a few months in flimsy plimsolls my feet started to hurt.

Wearing insubstantial or very flat shoes for extended periods of time or just being over-40 can trigger a painful condition called plantar fasciitis. And I am convinced that there’s going to be an epidemic when all those young women who’ve spent their 20s shuffling around in shoes with paper-thin soles, hit midlife. After visiting numerous osteopaths and physiotherapists, various diagnoses and treatments, I eventually ended up wearing orthotics: big plastic insoles that do not fit inside any attractive, normal-sized shoes. I lived with them for a couple of years and can still remember being on a commercial shoot with my clearly visible, oversized orthotics wedged into a pair of cheap canvas ballet pumps, feeling awkward and ancient next to all the bright young things from the advertising agency. It was there and then that I decided that rather than waste hundreds of pounds on hideous orthopedic supports, I’d spend the money on decent shoes and trainers instead. My feet have been happy ever since. So, I’m sure I don’t need to over-emphasise the importance of a comfy shoe – we all know it’s impossible to be fabulous when your feet hurt.

 

Borrow from the boys with our fantastic selection of mannish flats. ideal for working androgynous styling, these are the perfect addition to your masculine inspired wardrobe. Choose classic style with the Dalton brogue or, for a quirky look, try the monk strap Seaton loafer.

Borrow from the boys with our fantastic selection of mannish flats. ideal for working androgynous styling, these are the perfect addition to your masculine inspired wardrobe. Choose classic style with the Dalton brogue or, for a quirky look, try the monk strap Seaton loafer.

Our Penny Loafers are the perfect addition to any wardrobe this season. Taking inspiration from the man tailored trend, loafers Norton and Shipley are a must-have to add a touch of masculinity to your wardrobe.

Our Penny Loafers are the perfect addition to any wardrobe this season. Taking inspiration from the man tailored trend, loafers Norton and Shipley are a must-have to add a touch of masculinity to your wardrobe.

 

 

 

 

 

We all know it’s impossible to be fabulous when your feet hurt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alyson Walsh is a former fashion editor for Good Housekeeping magazine; a regular feature writer for the Guardian, Financial Times ‘How To Spend It’, Saga Magazine and allaboutyou.com. Alyson started her successful style blog, That’s Not My Age, six years ago in order to celebrate the creed that ‘style is forever’. In her book ‘Style Forever’ she explores how the topics of fashion, age and culture are connected. Alyson has also appeared on BBC News and BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour with Jenni Murray www.thatsnotmyage.com
Style Forever is for any woman who refuses to be invisible - your clothes compendium to putting the FAB into fabulous. In her friendly and engaging way, Alyson unveils essential tips on colour coordination, the art of layering and what makes up your ‘Wardrobe Glue’. From scent sense to skincare, makeup to dressing up, discover what glamorous group you fit into - whether a Fabulous Femme or a Scandinista, a Superpower Dresser or an Ageless Rocker.
Style Forever is for any woman who refuses to be invisible – your clothes compendium to putting the FAB into fabulous. In her friendly and engaging way, Alyson unveils essential tips on colour coordination, the art of layering and what makes up your ‘Wardrobe Glue’. From scent sense to skincare, makeup to dressing up, discover what glamorous group you fit into – whether a Fabulous Femme or a Scandinista, a Superpower Dresser or an Ageless Rocker.

2 Comments

  • I am sure that when you started your company that “trans-gendered” persons would be buying shoes from you, but the loafers that I ordered were just so cute and looked comfortable
    as well as 49% OFF from $99.00 to $59.40, just needed a pair of comfy loafers. As a Trans=gendered person, I wear shoes with either knee high , thigh highs, or pantyhose. Anyway that
    you choose what to wear Even barefoot??? well you will still look very lady like. I have not yet received your shoes but can’t wait to slip my toes in your shoes. I like some of the other styles
    that Hotter sells. Thanks for your attention, Take Care & Bless you all.

    • Hotter says:

      We’ve got a great variety of shoes in our collection, we’re sure you’ll find something to try – they’ve all got lots of comfort features hidden in them so they’re super comfy too. Hope you find a pair to enjoy!

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