I know guys, I know! It has definitely been a hot minute since I last posted and it is exactly what I hoped to avoid, especially since I went on about it in my resolutions post. However, if you have been following my recent Instagram stories, you would know that my dissertation swallowed the whole of February for me. Aside from my puffy eyes, migraines and runny stomach (TMI – I know), I am almost at the finish line and this is exactly why I thought it would be the perfect time to write-up a short blog on my recent style venture that has kept me and my feet (which, as you may or may not know, is my sensitive pampering area) on the go!
At the beginning of February I treated myself to some Birkenstock shoes. I had my eyes on a pair for a while and I was not sure if it would make me look too masculine or old, so I was reluctant to make the purchase. In fact, I always swore to myself I would never invest in “health shoes” because it was not fashionable and in any way appealing. Recently, however, that changed and I converted to buy my very own pair of Madrids. I went for a black sandal with a narrow fit since my feet aren’t so wide, and black was the colour I felt most comfortable in. It took some time getting used to them, but now I cannot walk out without them – they’re long-lasting and low maintenance. They are available in a variety of styles which you can view on the Birkenstock website, which means that there are plenty of options to suit your taste.
What is great about these health shoes is that they are not too outdated and they go with almost every outfit ensemble – whether it’s jeans, dresses or shorts! I honestly adore them and the fact that Cape Town has its own Birkenstock store made the process so much easier. This is, of course, a German brand and is readily available in Europe, Asia or America, so I was a little worried it was not going to be available here – luckily, I did my digging. If you’re not a fan of Birkenstocks, there are a variety of options for health shoes – Hush Puppies, Green Cross, Crocs and Froggies (there are probably more, but those were just at the top of my head).
I am sure some of you reading this may think, “Aisha, you are weird, why waste money on those?!” They are not the cheapest shoe but man are they strong. I am hoping they last me a few years – especially since I wear them almost every single day. Look, our feet are the parts of our body that keep us moving (literally) and without a doubt, the most important body part to look after. It is always a good thing to keep your feet comfortable, circulated and cool. They may not be the most stylish shoe, but fashion is what we want it to be, so let’s try something new and experiment with things that benefit our bodies too.
Madrid Birkenstock Narrow Black
Let me know what you think of these kind of shoes and whether you’re rocking your own pair of health shoes with the tag #aishapaediastyledrop. ‘Till then, I’m going to carry on walking on sunshine!