I had just about decided to quit writing on cute comfy shoes as I wondered if being concerned about shoes seemed a bit or a lot too unspiritual. Gee, there are people who are starving, are homeless, and horribly abused…and I am worried about shoes?
But today, I had the joy of seeing an old friend of mine from seminary. Over the past couple of years she had two broken feet and she can only wear comfy shoes now. She had a pair of metallic Naot Kayla sandals on and I said, “oh, I have those exact shoes!” She said, “I learned about them from your blog and bought some and they have been sole salvation to me” (or something to that effect!). [That post is on the April 29, 2013 blog.]
So, I decided that maybe this could be a service to all us baby boomer women who are at the point that we still want cute shoes, but they must be comfy too. Cute and comfy is my mantra. Ok breath in “Cute” and breath out “comfy”…cute and comfy…cute and comfy…are you feeling the high yet?
My newest recommendation is my most favorite shoe in the world…Fly London Yala (used to be called YaYa, don’t know why the name change). They are a buttery soft leather shoe with a 2.5 inch rubber wedge, a peep toe, and an ankle strap that closes with velcro…no bending over and contorting your torso to try to buckle/unbuckle your ankle straps. Ok, you skinny pilates/triatholon/ yoga types would have no problem, but for the 90% of the rest of us curvaceous women, it is a struggle.
The ankle strap adds some style and sass. Every where I go, women stop me and ask me about the brand of my shoes. Yes, the strap is long enough for thicker ankles. I know firsthand.
If you look on Planetshoes. com or other places (listed below) that sell this shoe, the reviewers rave about Fly London Yala. If you like house shoes or slippers, you will love Fly London Yala.
The colors are great…silver, bronze, lead, black, red, yellow, khaki, off white, peacock, and pistachio among others with a whitish or black wedge. And yes, I have all those colors except yellow, off white, and khaki. I don’t wear yellow, it doesn’t look good with silver hair. (I know that it is on the other end of my body, but I don’t wear yellow in between my head and my toes). Why wear off white shoes when you can wear pistachio or peacock (I adore the peacock ones). And I have to stop somewhere from being obsessed with this shoe, so I have not allowed myself to purchase the khaki, at least not yet. Mother Teresa should be proud of me.
Oh, by the way, they also come with a suede perforated top which I do not like…they remind me of my grandmother’s 1940ish shoes or maybe even old-fashioned white nurses shoes. You might like them, just not for me. I have to admit that I have been tempted by the black suede perforated ones as they don’t look too WWII era, oh but that Mother Teresa tinge of guilt thing again. UPDATE ON PERFORATED STYLE AS OF 6-13-14: I bought a pair of the burgundy perforated suede ones…they are not good. They fit at least a half size smaller, are more narrow, and the ankle strap is shorter. I do NOT recommend purchase of the perforated style.
And sizing is pretty straight forward…I wear a 9/9.5 Medium and I always purchase a 40. The vamp can be a bit tight when you first put on these cushy cute shoes, but it stretches out very quickly.
Now, girls…the Fly London YaYa/Yala is NOT cheap. The going rate online is $150-175, hard-earned blood sweat and tears American dollars. Ouch. I know. But, I bargain shop online…and have not paid near that much for any of these pairs. And, anyway our feet are worth it, at least that is what I tell myself. I am worth it…I am worth it….
You can walk miles in these shoes and still be cute and fashionable. To purchase them, Google the Fly London brand name and you will find various shops online that sell these tempting beauties. Once you find the the online stores, sign up for their emails where you they will send you discounts/sales information and always, always, always Google the shop’s name for discount coupons, promo codes.
Now, I know for sure that at this point, Zappos, 6pm., and Shoebuy.com do NOT sell them. Try Planetshoes, onlineshoes, shoeparlor.com, hannigs.com, amazon.com, ebay among others. And no, I do not get a kick back for putting their shop or brand name in my blog, but hey…that’s an idea. I could use some extra cash to buy those khaki ones…oh, no I can’t, Mother Teresa is looking over my shoulder and she is not smiling. But hey…maybe she would be if she had a pair of these cushy cuties.
Just remember…sole salvation…saving our soles.
Fly London Yala Pistachio and Peacock (my favorite). Attractive white tissue stuck in the shoes to keep the shape. And yes, I take it out before I wear them.