Slippers

How to wear heels and feel comfy

Dear good friends of mine, if we were living in a perfect world, we’d be able to find slender stilettos that were as easy on our toes as a pair of slippers. But in the real world, the marriage of the vertiginous and comfortable is a bit harder to come by. Still, a limited few magic heels do exist at the elusive center of that Venn diagram. Ahead, the five secrets that separate the ouch! from the whew! — learn ‘em, shop for ‘em, and live in ‘em!

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The Ankle Strap — One of the most uncomfortable things about pumps is having to dig in with your toes to make sure it stays on your feet. An ankle strap ensures that the shoe stays put.

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The Thick Heel — It’s a no-brainer that spindly heels are much less stable than a chunky one. From substantially stacked heels to near-wedges, these shoes will give you that height you want without making you wobbly.

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The Bootie — It goes without saying that a bootie uses your entire foot as an anchor, rather than rely on just your toes and your ankles to keep your shoes on your feet. But, be careful of pinched toes! Because the leather is a little bit stiffer in a boot, it’s important to find one that gives your toes room to move.

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The Wedge — A solid wedge not only provides stability, but it also gives your arches a little bit of support.

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The Hidden Platform — A hidden platform means that the pitch doesn’t have to be as intense. Plus, a little toe boost also gives you a wee bit of support — really, you’ll feel the difference!

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Gripe, Navidad & Orient Express

Con esta gripe viru­lenta que me ha dejado tirada cuan tra­pi­llo, he deci­dido pasar este día de Navi­dad viendo el docu­men­tal David Suchet en el Orient Express. David es cono­cido por inter­pre­tar al mari­sa­bi­di­llo detec­tive Her­cu­les Poi­rot creado por la genial escri­tora Agatha Chris­tie. Y para cele­brar una nueva adap­ta­ción de su obra, Ase­si­nato en el Orient Express, la cadena de tele­vi­sión bri­tá­nica ITV ni corta ni pere­zosa va y nos manda al bueno de David a Estam­bul a bordo del para­digma del lujo con­ver­tido en tren.

El docu­men­tal tam­poco os va a cam­biar sus­tan­cial­mente la exis­ten­cia, pero es la clá­sica golo­sina de pereza vaca­cio­nal mez­clada con anti­gri­pa­les y aspi­rina efer­ves­cente. Bási­ca­mente una se pasa la hora entera con­tem­plando a David en pijama de seda venga a pim­plarse cock­tails rodeado de esplén­dida mar­que­te­ría art decó, con­tando un poco medio achis­pa­di­llo his­to­rie­tas de Josep­hine Baker. Todo un reco­pi­la­to­rio roman­ti­coide de un viaje campo a tra­vés com­bi­nado con la ele­gan­cia y la exqui­si­tez de los años veinte… en resu­mi­das cuen­tas, un sueño hecho docurrealidad.

Es posi­ble visua­li­zarlo aquí online y no olvi­déis ver la nueva adap­ta­ción de Ase­si­nato en el Orient Express a las 9 de esta noche.

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Due to the flu, I’m going to spent the Christ­mas Day wat­ching ITV’s char­ming docu­men­tary, David Suchet on the Orient Express. David is, of course, best known for pla­ying Agatha Chris­tie’s Poi­rot, and to cele­brate the new adap­ta­tion the bright sparks at ITV sent him off on a jaunt to Istan­bul aboard the luxu­rious train.

It isn’t a par­ti­cu­larly hard-hitting doc, but as holi­day eye candy, it doesn’t get much bet­ter. It is basi­ca­lly one hour of David lolling around in his silk paja­mas, drin­king cock­tails, surroun­ded by splen­did art deco mar­que­try, reco­un­ting tales about Josep­hine Baker. All the romance of a cross-country train jour­ney, com­bi­ned with the ele­gance and style of the 1920s… DREAMY.

You can watch it online here; and don’t for­get to watch/record the new adap­ta­tion of Mur­der on the Orient Express at 9pm today.

For now, I have been fan­ta­si­zing about my own adven­ture on the Orient Express. Per­haps, with David Suchet. Here’s what I’d pack (see pic­ture above)