I had been searching for the perfect sexy and comfy shoe for almost twenty years—and I’m not exaggerating. In my early thirties, I started developing painful bunions. I thought it was because I wore high heels since the age of 15, but the more I read about my condition the more it became apparent that it’s also hereditary. My 99-year old abuelita has bunions. When I complain about mine, she tells me to stay away from surgery. She had a tough time recovering from hers, so I’m holding out for as long as I can.
A bunion is a bony hump that forms at the joint of the big toe and the metatarsal bone. As much as I dislike the appearance of the protrusion, my biggest issue is the pain. In my case it’s not constant, but happens every few months for a week or two and makes it impossible to wear certain shoes. Sometimes even flats can be uncomfortable. Painkillers, ice packs and more recently the purchase of Yoga Toes Gems is how I’m dealing with it.
The hardest part of this condition was surrendering to the fact that I most likely had to completely swear off sexy shoes with killer heels.
When I was presented with the opportunity to test and review Ilene Berg’s Samara Black Bootie I was really excited because they looked like the answer to my decades-long wish for a sexy comfy heel! As I waited for them to arrive in the mail I was also scared that they might end up being too good to be true.
However, these leather peep-toe booties are as comfortable as they promise to be, while looking wildly sexy. They are also versatile and wearable with anything from a dress to jeans. The reason behind the comfort is the way they are designed and engineered. They aren’t just any shoe …
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All of Ilene Berg’s designs have a patent-pending Sole technology that cushions feet. Now, what benefits my feet in particular is that the toe bed has a comfort stretch panel. It’s placed right where a woman with bunions has the most problems fitting into a shoe! I have a narrow foot but for ladies needing more space for their toes, this is heaven.
When my sister saw the photos of the shoes, she told me they looked too high to be comfy, but the footbed has a cushion that cradles the foot and if you look carefully, there is also a reduced heel slope. This means that while they look high, because of the reduced slope and the platform, you don’t feel like you are wearing such heels. You just feel sexy and comfy! The outer sole and the reinforced heel are made of slip resistant rubber, which is very important when it comes to preventing falls! I really don’t want to risk breaking a hip now that I’m doing so well thanks to my daily yoga practice!
Ilene Berg, CEO of the company says she established her shoe company because she wanted to cater to women who, like me, had given up wearing high heels but were still willing to go through extreme pain just to look good for a special occasion.
“That’s why Ilene Berg Shoes were created. Women want to have it all – a gorgeous, sexy heel with pizzazz that is truly comfortable. We believe you can have it all!” she says on her website.
Well, thank you for doing this, because yes, beautiful shoes make us feel like we can conquer the world. And maybe if we feel we can, we just will!
If you have problem feet, I encourage you to go browse all the beautiful designs at Ilene Berg. When considering the prices (the Samara bootie is $275), I was thinking of how many shoes I’ve bought over the years that I wore only once and had to give away because they hurt too much to ever slip them on again.
I give the Samara bootie by Ilene Berg two thumbs up, just because I don’t have three or four thumbs! Oh, and my bunions say thank you!