Comfy Shoes for Work and Weekend: Ciera Dusk by Clarks Artisan

As promised, I’m sharing with you another awesome pair of shoes. I love these because they look fantastic dressed up at work as well as with jeans and a tee on the weekend. Who doesn’t love a comfy and versatile shoe?

This little beauty is the Ciera Dusk in Grey Leather. The color is grey/brown, and I can’t quite decide if it looks more grey or more brown, which is a plus because it goes with both! This pair is from the Clarks Artisan collection and is leather inside and out and has a 3″ heel. It has a rubber sole which I like because it’s relatively quiet. No tip-toeing around that authoritative clack you get with some heels.

Clarks Artisan Ciera Dusk

I can’t say enough about this shoe! My feet stay pain-free for the 9+ hours I wear them at the office and they couldn’t be more cute. I’ve worn them with dress pants, a skirt and tights, and jeans. I was able to say goodbye to two older pairs of shoes when I brought these home. They replaced a pair of navy pumps that had been causing some toe crunch, and a pair of cheap tan pumps that were looking too worn for my taste. Since I’ve been on a downsizing spree, that’s a bonus.

It seems I’m becoming partial to Clarks. As long as they keep making super stylish and comfortable shoes, I’m okay with that (and so are my feet)!


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Walk a Mile in My Shoes…or at Least These Shoes

For some reason, if you’re a woman, having an office job is synonymous with wearing heels that pinch the toes together, cause blisters, and wreak havoc on your arch.  Lest you think us women put this on ourselves [entirely], I recall a conversation between a couple of friends wherein one stated that she wore the same outfit to work twice, one week with flats and the next week with heels.  When she wore the heels, she got compliments on how dressed up she was.  Same outfit.  Ugh.

I can’t explain this thinking, this warped perception, especially since men can wear the same three suits for years, never don a pair of heels, and be deemed dressed up every day.  But I’m not here to get on my soapbox about double standards (beyond what I’ve just dropped).

I’m here to say that I am done with painfully limping through my days at work – I am liberating my feet from the shackles of awful (cute as they may be) shoes that were not made for walking, much less running to the copier.  So over it.

Here I am in my 48th year, and I have finally given myself permission to wear comfortable shoes.  Wow.  Sounds simple, even superficial, but let me tell you it is huge.  Don’t think for one minute I’m giving up fashion.  You can’t make me.  I do love a cute shoe, with a heel, and I have found some that are…wait for it…comfortable!  Yes I did.

I’ll still wear flats to work when I’m so inclined, and kick around evenings and weekends in flops, flats, and athletics, but how could I not share this with you?  Everyone deserves to be in on this.  I have a few pairs of good looking, comfy work shoes so far, and promise to fess up any time I find another that fits the bill.  We need to have each other’s backs (or feet) on this!  Without further ado, here are the three pairs of shoes that are currently helping me maintain my sanity, what’s left of my orthopedic health, and my sense of fashion:

First, a big no-brainer is the tried and true mary jane.  This is the Roller Rink from Aerosoles.  A fully enclosed stable shoe with a 3″ heel and a wide toe box (that’s a big deal for me – the piggies need some wiggle room).  I like this shoe not only because it’s as cute as can be, but also because it can be worn in the summer without stockings and in the winter with tights.  A great look year-round.  Aerosoles is good about providing a nice cushioned foot bed too.  Always a plus!

Roller Rink from Aerosoles. Wear these with pants, skirts and dresses – any time of year.

Next is an open-toe option from Clarks Artisan – the Wessex Shay.  This shoe is made with soft leather and nubuck, and although it has a 3 1/2″ heel, it also has a platform in the front so it doesn’t feel like 3 1/2″.  I have to say, this shoe is comfy and I get more compliments when I wear these than any other.  There is a lot going on style-wise: peep toe, sling-back, windowpane cutouts.  I wear this shoe a lot – also with pants, skirts, and dresses.  You can see this heel is not as chunky as the Roller Rink heel, thus, less stable.  If you’re wobbly in high heels, be sure you test this one out before committing.

Wessex Shay from Clarks Artisan. Super comfy and super stylish summer shoe.

Third in the line-up today is the Shira Brenna also from Clarks Artisan.  Of these three shoes, this one is the most comfortable.  It is described as an open-toe, slingback “shootie.”  It too has a 3 1/2″ heel, and this one does not have a front platform, so it feels like a true 3 1/2″ heel.  If I could change one thing about this shoe it would be to add a platform for even more comfort.  But, see that soft leather that wraps the foot?  It feels like my feet are wrapped in silk!  I have them in tan (below), but am seriously considering a pair in black as well since I’ll wear these as long as they’ll have me.

Shira Brenna from Clarks Artisan. Feels like my feet are wrapped in silk!

So there you have it – comfy and stylish heels you can wear to work and not feel like the tootsies have been through a battle at the end of the day.  Who knew?