Comfortable Wedges for a Day at the Capitol
Quote of the day: “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you–they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” Bernice Johnson Reagon
I liked this quote because I know many women who feel that heels will not work for them anymore. And I get that. Yet there are brands out there making shoes that really are comfortable no matter what the heel height.
The last time we worked with Jambu shoes we were touting their sneakers. And I realize that you can’t compare the comfort of sneakers to heels, yet these may come close. Whether you like heels or wedges, Jambu provides a memory foam foot bed in all of these designs. Remember, if you are interested in any of Jambu’s footwear, you can use my code JTOUCH20 for 20% off.
In order to really try out these comfortable wedges, we took them for a test drive at the Denver State Capitol. I figured climbing all of these steps and walking around the building would give us some great opinions to pass onto you. And trust me, we will tell you all the good and bad. Let me also point out the tread that these puppies are sporting. You won’t be slipping on your bum anytime soon wearing these.
And by the way, if you are one of those people that love clogs, then Jambu has a pair you might love that are on sale. They reminded me of the post I had Angelique help me out putting together earlier this year. It even looks like the 2 print pairs are lined with faux fur! I had a pair of fur lined heeled clogs when I was in high school! Wowza, talk about memories.
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: I chose the Viola block heels.
I had a hard time picking between this camel/navy vs. the coral/teal. You might have thought me excited about the more colorful version, but I decided to try out the neutral ones instead. Of course they will go with everything because they are neutral. And the wood block heel reminds me of the 1970’s styles.
The outfit started with this very colorful jacket, so I was glad to have the neutral wedges for today.
My hat of choice for our photos, was my newly thrifted beret from thredUp. Both this jacket and beret were purchased using credit that I’d obtained by talking about my history with pre loved items. I know most of us don’t consider a beret as a must have item. However, the best thing is they are packable for vacations.
What did I think about the Viola heels?
I had no troubles or issues with my comfortable wedges on our adventure. The straps around the ankle kept them in place while I was walking, very nicely. The strap by my toes did not cut across or bother my bunion. And even though the heel seems high (it says it’s 3.5 inches), you can see because of the platform under the instep, that the angle of my foot is not steep.
I’d also love to point out the bracelet I’m wearing. I knitted this arm candy for my Aunt Nancy many years ago. After her passing away, my cousin let us have some of her jewelry which we proudly displayed last summer. I was excited to have this bracelet, because when I knitted my aunt this, I also knitted my mom and Nancy different bracelets. I just had never gotten around to making myself one.
My purse has been a go to purse for me ever since I thrifted it last year. It’s one of those neutrals that works for me when my outfit is colorful enough.
I’m sure you all have a purse like this already. But there are fun versions in case you need another. For example, how about a straw clutch with fringe? Or even a color blocked version that is reversible no less?
Jeans: (similar here)~~Jacket: c/o thredUp (similar here)~~Top: Soft Surrounding c/o (similar here)~~Shoes: Jambu c/o (here)~~Earrings: Stella & Dot (similar here)~~Bracelet: I knitted it (similar here)~~Purse: thrifted (similar here)~~Beret: c/o thredUp (similar here)
Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: Nancy has the Rio Wedges.
She was drawn to this shoe because of the denim option. Since denim is really a neutral in our day and life right now, you could wear these with anything.
In fact, since we experimented with wearing athletic shoes with our skirts, I also think that denim is another great way to make our skirts and dresses more casual. And even though these are heels, I think the denim material would make them feel less dressy.
Another fun element to an outfit, are your sunglasses. I’ll confess that I never thought of this item much until I started blogging. But let me tout some of the benefits. There are days that I will actually go out and about without makeup. Well, I should say, I put on my lipstick and sunglasses and feel presentable enough.
Let’s talk about Nancy’s Rio heels now. This version of the Rio does come in a black leather and light taupe leather also.
When we were traipsing around, Nancy commented that the material seemed stiff. I wondered if it was because it was a denim material instead of leather? She was also noticing that the heel portion seemed a little big for her heel, so her heel moved around. The wonderful thing about these shoes are that the straps keep your foot from falling off the sides.
So we talked about how to make the shoes work better for her. (I’m a fix it girl by nature, so it’s hard not to come up different ways to fix things). I suggested that Nancy wet the material at home and then blow it dry with her hair dryer. I’ve done this trick countless times with my shoes to make them feel better, and it always seems to help. And ta da…it did work for Nancy too, she’s happy to report.
It’s not super easy to tell in these photos, however, Nancy’s pants are a print. When I was at her house, I thought they were navy and white and thus I suggested them for this post. When she bought the pants, she thought they were a black & white print.
Yet in these photos the pants look more like a grey color. It’s another lesson for us all. Sometimes we get so focused on how we see an item and it’s details, yet it can look so different for others.
Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit: My mom is wearing the Sugar Too shoes.
She chose this pair because she wanted a relatively nude pair. I’m not sure if you remember the comment I made in the LBD post recently. It was about ankle straps cutting off the leg line. I know my mother has preached this throughout my entire life. And I get it. That’s the message we’ve been told for years.
But as a devil’s advocate, let me just ask, why do we worry about making our let’s appear longer? Does this make us better people? Why don’t we worry about making our arms appear longer since they are other appendages on our bodies? All in all, I’d like to have us concentrate on appreciating our bodies as is. And only worry about styling as a way to show our personality and look nice.
Okay…sorry for that rant. Onto my mom’s outfit.
Let me start with this fabulous blouse that my mom made. She had originally made my husband a shirt out of this material for his birthday last year. After I showed off how my mom uses every last bit of material when she’s sewing, then it shouldn’t surprise you that she made other items with the leftover material. This blouse is one item and then with the scraps, I received a scarf. I’ve worn the scarf a couple of times, the last time in Seattle.
And since she was wearing stripes in every direction, she opted for long earrings as her accessory. Of course she didn’t forget a couple of fun bracelets too.
Here are my mom’s opinion about her Sugar Too shoes.
She definitely thought they were comfortable shoes. They are available in red, blue and black, if you wanted other colors.
Most of my mom’s complaints are more about aesthetics. She’s not a huge lover of strappy shoes because of her bunions. She noticed that her bunion jutted out through the straps when she was wearing these. Of course, none of you noticed that, right? Again, that lesson, that the details we focus on are usually overlooked by others.
The other item that my mom created are these capri pants. I have a pair just like them that I wore last year. At that time, I didn’t have a pair of capris that I considered dressy, so I had my mom whip up this pair from some material that was already in her basement. At first she thought the material wouldn’t work for them, but in reality they turned out perfect. So perfect, that she made herself a pair!
I will point out that my mom is wearing toeless hosiery. Have you ever heard of it? It’s the perfect solution if you like covering up your legs with hose, yet still want to wear sandals.
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