If there is one thing I'm known for, it’s a constant stream of complaints about my choice of footwear. The billowing cries about how my shoes are too tight/high/unbearable are basically the soundtrack of my coworkers' lives. But before you give me a big ol’ eye roll (which I know I deserve), you have to understand: I love shoes. I love beautiful, ridiculous, blister-inducing, totally impractical shoes. When I go on the search for a new pair of shoes ::cough cough every day cough:: the last thing I think about is comfort. That is, up until recently.
Chalk it up to getting older, the total waste of money that unbearable shoes are, or my complete inability to walk in high heels, but I just can’t do it anymore. For the first time ever I am frequently choosing sneakers over heels. I’m listening to what my feet like (flats, arch support, cushions, non-synthetic materials) and avoiding things they don’t (4-inch heels, plastic nonsense, shoes half a size too small because they were on sale and the store didn’t have my actual size). So when SAS offered to send me a pair of their super-comfortable Delaney shoes, I was very excited to try them.
I’d heard of the brand because my grandma swears by them, and while going on her on her once-a-decade shoe-shopping trip, she’d refuse to even try another brand. I guess I always associated the brand with just that — grandma shoes. Until I actually looked at what they had: tons of cute shoes and boots, many of which are Italian-made with genuine leather. Now, they aren’t cheap. But you legit get what you pay for! They’re so comfortable, don’t pinch or hurt your feet, give amazing support, and once winter hits, I won’t have to worry about how I’m going to trek to work without busting my head open! I used to buy two or three pairs of cheap Zara boots every year, only to throw them out when their soles gave out after a few months. With these, I know that a big investment will last years. —Elena Garcia
Get them from Zappos for $299.95 (available in smooth black and saddle, sizes 6–12, in two widths).
SAS sent me these boots to try free of charge, but I wasn't obligated to positively review them.