I have never had good feet. Or perhaps I should say that I've never had feet that were good for shoes.
Which of course means that I LOVE shoes, I'm very picky about shoes, and I pretty much have hardly ever been able to wear the shoes that I actually like. I have very, very wide feet and pretty much the highest instep most shoe personnel have ever seen. Lucky me. My feet are pretty much built like shoe boxes. In other words, my feet are meant to surround shoes, not to be bound within them.
There was a short period during the 90's where there were shoes I was able to find that both fit and I loved them. It was a period of Period shoes - lots of Victoriana and styles from the 20's - 40's. So I found a pair of black suede Victorian button-down boots that I adored, and a pair of bone leather flapper-era pumps that I similarly loved. And a bunch of really cute flats in all sorts of fabrics and leathers and colors, with fun decorations.
But things went swiftly downhill from there. Styles changed - years where very pointy toes are In are generally years where my feet are really, really Out. I had a baby and the all too common foot-spread that accompanies that process. I got fatter, and so did my feet, which didn't help. All in all, that was pretty much the end of fun shoes, barring a brief but joyful period where I sported a pair of butterfly-bedecked quilted chinese flats that were both obscenely comfortable and silly-but-cute.
And then two years ago, due to a suggestion from a friend who has perfectly normal feet but whose style is somewhat similar to mine, I found Haflingers.
Sorry, dear Violet Hoarder, but I LOVE my Haflingers. Not, I admit, as much as the above-mentioned shoes, but they are comfy and they fit my lifestyle; hey, they are made of WOOL, they are FELTED... how much more thematically appropriate can you get?
So when I went shoe shopping, yes, I looked at other shoes. I'm only human, after all, and I do love shoes. But when push came to shove, I got the Haflingers. I'm all about the comfy.
But if it makes you feel any better, I think these ones are pretty darned cute. You know, for Hippy Throwback shoes...