The day that I discovered Nike Free shoes changed my life. Well, at least my life as far as traveling goes. I'm what some people would call "not a great shoe decision-maker," which is actually sort of silly since I don't wear heels. I'm a practical lady, so I usually opt for comfy flats. Sounds smart, right? Well, its not. Comfy flats (while undeniably cute) offer ZERO arch support which pretty much ruins your feet after 10 hours of museum hopping. I also have a habit of purchasing shoes that rub my feet so much they cause me to bleed. See: jelly shoes.
Luckily for me, fashion designers and bloggers around the world collectively decided last year to start wearing sensible shoes. Granted, a lot of these outfits looked fucking weird.
But, since I learn all my life lessons from movies (like most people) I know that high fashion trickles down to my sad low-budget closet. Eventually the trend worked its way to the streets. Yes, the streets. And I figured I might as well jump on the bandwagon even though in the past I'd been vehemently against wearing sneakers with anything but workout clothes. If you grew up anywhere near an Orthodox neighborhood, you probably had similar feelings.
After a few hours of scouring Pinterest and fashion blogs, I realized that most of the outfits I liked were based around black Nike Frees. I had actually tried these out as running shoes a year prior to disastrous results. They gave me blisters inside my arches -- something I'd never experienced before and hope to NEVER experience again. Needless to say I was hesitant to give these another go on my precious feet.
I sucked it up and bought another pair because I deserve fashionable comfort, dammit! Maybe its because they were a newer model, or because I was walking in them instead of running, but my new Nike Frees felt like walking on clouds. Fluffy, light, amazing clouds branded by a major corporation.
These shoes are magical. Besides being insanely comfortable, they go with almost everything! I wear them with jeans, shorts, skirts and even dresses (though not ball gowns, see above). Ok, so I'm not going to walk into Per Se with these bad boys, but how often do I find myself at a Michelin star restaurant? I can answer that for you: zero times. But just in case, I always pack a pair of basic flats.
Finding these shoes changed the game for me. I only have to pack one pair of shoes (aforementioned flats) if I wear the sneakers on the plane or train. Also, I no longer have a crippling fear of blisters. Fun fact: at one point I never left home without moleskine and band-aids. Most importantly, my knees, back, and feet are no longer in excruciating pain following a day of sightseeing, and I'm always ready for biking, hiking, or museuming should the moment call for it.
Note: these shoes are also good for falling, sitting in weird chairs, and standing in front of locks.
Bottom line - get yourself a pair of Nike Frees. Just do it. You can thank me later.
Note from Staci: I hate Nike Frees and any sort of "frump fashion," and I will not thank Jen later. Birkenstocks be damned.