December 23 2012
loathing of Tube travel, coupled with an addiction to exercise, means that I walk
almost everywhere. My habit has influenced the whole of my wardrobe (I rarely
wear very narrow skirts, for example, and I buy rather a lot of waterproof coats), but nowhere is the effect more keenly felt than on my choice of footwear. I
strive to look chic at all times, so I draw the line at trainers and those flip
flops that purport to improve your posture, but comfort remains a high
priority and I am rarely seen in heels.
However, I have discovered a pair of shoes that may well cause me to end my long-standing love affair with flats. Created by Spanish designer Chie Mihara, who has spent the past decade making beautiful footwear for women with real lives to lead, my Lissia T-bars (£230) are crafted from soft, sienna-coloured suede and feature black patent leather heels and toes with calf lining. All of which amounts to a pair of shoes that is both pretty and practical (suede is nicely textural and speaks of luxury, while patent leather is glamorous and puddle tolerant).
The first time I wore them, I walked for an hour in persistent drizzle without damage to either my feet or my shoes. That fact alone makes them a good buy, but while most comfortable shoes cause you to forget you’re wearing them, these put a bit of a swing in your step. I’m not sure whether it’s the shapely heel, the ladylike 1940s vibe or the knowledge that the T-bar is right on trend this season, but with these on my feet, I positively sashay down the London streets.