I spent most of my time walking around while I was in Arizona. Actually, I walked around a whole heck of a lot. Because that’s what you do when you’re stuck on a military base without a car while your husband is in training all day. Yeah, we didn’t really think that part through all the way. I thought I would hang out at a cute coffee shop and do some work while he trained. Instead, I worked out and strolled around base in my flip-flops.
Using flip-flops as my primary, go-to shoe isn’t new for me; I usually only wear “real” shoes if it’s raining outside or if I’m working out. But lately, my feet have been aching all the time, despite the shoes I wore, and that scared me. Italy is such a walk-friendly country that the mere thought of wearing my flimsy flip-flops out there made my feet curl in agony. I needed a shoe that would take me places without aches and pains. I wanteda shoe that wouldn’t slow me down on European streets.
So with my feet hurting and the thought of spending another day cooped up in a hotel room (without internet, I should add), I did what any girl in my situation would do: I rented a car and drove to the nearest Dillard’s to go shoe shopping.
When I got there I did something that may make you cringe: I asked the salesperson to show me the most comfortable walking sandal. Please notice that I didn’t not ask for the cutest, stylish, or trendiest shoe on the market. Nope, I officially chose comfort over chic and I don’t regret it one single bit.
This is, hands down (feet down?), the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever slipped my feet into. They’re called the Ecco Yucatan and I immediately took them on a test-walk by hiking around Red Rock in Sedona, Arizona (pictures to come soon), and they passed with flying colors. I love wearing them so much that my feet actually feel better when these sandals are nestled around them.
Spending a lot of money on shoes isn’t exactly in my cheap nature, but I’m finally at a point in my life where I’d rather pay for a great pair of quality-made shoes that will last me for several years and keep my feet healthy. I’m actually going to look into buying a pair of closed-toed Ecco shoes so I can have something just as amazingly comfortable to wear when it’s raining outside.
Have you ever sacrificed style for comfort? It feels good, doesn’t it?!
*Ecco has absolutely no idea who I am, and did not pay me or give me anything in return to write this post. With that said, Ecco, if you’re reading this, I’m completely smitten with your shoes and would be more than happy to review more pairs for you!