Shoes: Pleasure & Pain is a new fashion exhibition at the V&A (opening 13 June), though as anyone over-40 knows, it’s all about the comfy shoe now. Having squeezed my feet into second-hand winkle-pickers as a teenager, worn daft heels as a fashion editor and run around in Converse All Stars as a down-with-the-youngsters freelancer – I came to the conclusion about a decade ago that it is worth spending money on decent shoes. Top podiatrist Margaret Dabbs agreed, when I interviewed her for the Guardian.
Dabbs also explained the affect the physical ageing process has on our feet. Including why the skin dries out (reduced activity of sweat glands) and why we should moisturise on a regular basis, I was wondering why my heels were like a pair of cracked, old potatoes…
Some of my favourite comfy summer sandals:
Top photo: Vogue’s fashion features editor Sarah Harris via Pinterest.