I was an early adopter of orthopedic sandals, even before the Worishofer craze swept Brooklyn.
Kristin Dunst even ventured into the “slingback” model.
But after three years of Worishofer summers I need to report that there is a price to be paid for these adorable and affordable sandals that no celebrity will tell you: they are disposable and you will need to buy a new pair every year because if water even TOUCHES them, they start to disintegrate.
So, my quest for the sandal that can withstand one spring shower and still support my swollen arch-less feet for miles and miles of walking continues.
Here are my guidelines for sandals:
1. They cannot be flat.
2. They must be leather and have wide and well distributed straps that do not rub my feet.
3. They must be simple and cute and not emphasize my sturdy ankle girth.
There are plenty of sandals that meet 2 and 3, but not 1. For some reason everyone else seems to be able to walk around the earth with a piece of thin leather attached to their foot.
So far, this pair available on the Anthropologie website looks promising:
However the prospect of losing the foam cushioning of the Worishofer underneath my overworked feet is terrifying.
Lastly, no matter how many adorable girls adopt Birkenstocks, it is important to recognize that they are capable of Normcore beauty in ways that a real 30 year old woman is not.