Originally Posted by Doc4
+1 To which I add, of what importance is comfort if the shoe is fugly?
It's a matter of perception isn't it? Ugly, I mean. Stylish or ugly...same thing in its essence...and what is regarded as stylish or even ugly changes from year to year, season to season. So it's no stretch to suggest style is subjective...and transient. But comfort is not. In fact wearing shoes that are not comfortable can literally change your feet--causing bone relationships to change, ligaments to shorten or elongate, sometimes even causing certain aspects of the basic structure to collapse. Fallen metatarsal arches are one example. And fallen metatarsal arches can lead to calcium buildup in the joints, hammer toes, etc.. All these are problems that most certainly are not transient or subjective. When we are young our bodies tend to adapt more readily--seemingly to situations that make no sense in some instances--with no apparent ill-effects. Smoking is a good example of this. But problems such as these...which sneak up on us...can last a lifetime. [One of the reasons buying used shoes can be a a gamble that goes far beyond the monetary price.
] I am not downplaying the importance of style or fashion...it's what drives people to go the extra step beyond wrapping the foot in rawhide...or the modern equivalent--duct tape.
But if it's either/or or even a matter of priority...well, as the saying goes "every form of refuge has its price."