My feet give me grief fairly regularly. Outfits are dictated by my footwear options and once a favourite pastime, the purchasing of shoes is governed these days by which shoe is the most comfortable rather than which is the sexiest. I could never have been one of the fab four on Sex and the City – although I would love to try a pair of Manolo’s just to see if laying down a months’ earnings would guaranteed comfy twinkle toes for a night on the town.
I inherited bunions from both my Mama and my Papa (thanks guys!) so although I used to squeeze my pegs into some pretty serious stilettos and teetering heels in my younger years, these days it’s all about comfort and practicality – geez, I must be getting old!
For a while now I’ve been hearing about FRANKiE4 Footwear and after enough snippets through the social media grapevine here and there, my ears perked up. I loved everything I saw on the FRANKiE4’s Instagram Instagram feed, but when I spied a boot named Vanessa, well that was enough to send me over the edge. I simply had to have them!
But beyond the gorgeous butter soft camel coloured leather in the sexiest, barely ankle grazing cut with a stacked heel and cute zip, I learned all about their “Custom Fit” philosophy which simply enables every size and width of foot to wear amazing footwear! Not only wear it, but feel comfortable while doing so! Boom, this is a footwear range with girls’ like me in mind! On top of all this, each style of FRANKiE4 shoes boasts a functional footbed designed by a Podiatrist and a Physiotherapist. “What is a functional footbed?” I hear you ask. It’s a cleverly designed contour system that improves foot biomechanics giving you maximum support.
One of the things I was definitely guilty of in younger years was squeezing my toes into completely unnatural shaped footwear which has probably contributed to the foot pain I experience now. FRANKiE4’s are uniquely shaped to accommodate the natural movement of your foot joints when you stand or walk in a shoe. And because everyone’s big or second toe is longer than their little toe, FRANKiE4 shoes have an asymmetrically designed toe box to complement your foot’s natural shape. Yay for smart footwear.
And if you wear orthotics, you’re still in luck. FRANKiE4’s can still be worn with this range. There is a solution for every foot shape and size to ensure your new shoes fit just like Cinderella’s glass slipper. I have been amazed at how far I can walk in these boots without any discomfort. Ordinarily my feet would be screaming in half the distance I can manage in these.
These boots have been a lifesaver for me over the Winter. I can walk decent distances in them and they go with everything – pants, skirts, dresses. I love the height of them and the colour is so perfect with both light and dark clothing. Basically, I’m a FRANKiE4 convert and while until very recently it was a little complicated to order from Australia, there have been significant improvements made to enable Kiwi’s to get these fabulous shoes onto our feet with much less hassle – which as far as I’m concerned is bloody wonderful news!
Bottom line is, if you’ve got problem feet, or even if you don’t, FRANKiE4 Footwear are the business. Check out their just released Summer range here – I know which pair I’m lusting after this season!
* I was gifted the Vanessa Boots for editorial consideration.