Pumps - BAH! Should have bought at Nordstrom

I bought a pair of Naturalizer pumps for my interview last week, and I wore them to Dress for Success today... *never* have I known worse foot pain! I'm baffled, because they felt really good around the house. I guess maybe the carpet absorbs a lot of the impact? I'm talking big toe, little toe, instep, ankle, and arch pain. I didn't hurt this much after walking 12 hours in Italy!

How I wish I could return these stupid shoes!!!!

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  • catgirl replied 7 years ago

    Donate them to DFS - they will fit SOMEONE. Sorry about the feetsies.

  • Zapotee replied 7 years ago

    Agrh... That sucks Rae!

  • Thistle replied 7 years ago

    That is awful! If you can, I would donate them. They will fit someone, and your feet deserve to be comfortable!

    I hope your feet feel better soon!

  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    Rae, I lost count of how many pairs of shoes ended in the donation pile for this very reason! I feel you, girl :-(

  • jen replied 7 years ago

    I'm sure women's shoes where invented as torture devices. I am so sick of buying shoes that hurt my feet. I too feel your pain!

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    Thanks, ladies, at least I am not alone! I will see if I can resell on Ebay first. I bought the darn things at full price, so I'd like to recoup at least a bit of the loss. Jen, I think you are right - the walk home from the bus was torture for sure!!

  • Deborah replied 7 years ago

    Shame Rae. Yes perhaps donate them. Unfortunately it's hard to look stylish when we are hobbling around in pain. They've gotta go.

  • Marley replied 7 years ago

    Been there, done that - waaaaaay too many times! Get rid of them Rae - now! your footsies deserve better!

  • replied 7 years ago

    What is it about shoes that makes it impossible to tell if they're comfortable when you're still at home???!!! I've had the same experience many, many times. In fact, I should just count on budgeting half of any money spent in the *shoe category* to be mistakes. Or I could just buy them at Nordstrom, in which case I wouldn't have to deal with mistakes, but I'd be spending a lot more money. It's a wash, either way. :(

  • replied 7 years ago

    Oh wow. I so feel your pain! I've been through that. For the sake of your feet, get rid of those ill-fitting things ASAP.

  • rute replied 7 years ago

    I know how you feel! It has happen to me, a try a shoe around the house, feels good, I buy it and it sucks!
    Sometimes it's a shoe I wore last year and this year it hurts me.

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    Now I don't feel so bad. I was beating myself up for not testing them enough in the house somehow, but it seems like a common thing. :T I guess I will have to stick to pumps recommended by Suz, since she road tested those Reports and they worked on my foot as well. Now I better understand the plight of those with fussy feet!

  • Preppy Pear replied 7 years ago

    I don't know where you got them, but I wonder if you could try to return them - maybe they'd give you a store credit? I'm sorry - I hate it when my feet hurt and I've definitely made the same mistake before - many times!

  • Jjsloane replied 7 years ago

    Contact Naturalizer directly. They once refunded me for a 2 year old pair of shoes that I had worn twice and they fell apart. Worth a try.

  • Isabel replied 7 years ago

    Rae, is there any way to add some cushioning ? Was it a particular part of the foot ?

  • Aida replied 7 years ago

    Hmm I wonder if those JCrew wedges would be worth checking out now that you got the Rack job?

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    Aida, I brought these home today after stomping around Marshall's in them for a good half hour. They reminded me of the J. Crews a lot, style wise, and well they were $26. Even a cheapie pair of Jessica Simpsons kicked the Naturalizer's butt!

    Jeanne, that is a great idea. As a comfort brand, I just did not expect that kind of pain at *all.*

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 7 years ago

    I have a closet full of shoes that have been worn once or twice before I gave up on them. I have countless pairs that I donated over the years too. Funny how they can feel so good at the store and so bad out and about. It is one of the reasons I order shoes online now. I figure it doesn't matter since I can't tell at the store and I can read all the reviews.

    Sorry you lost out but really happy you got your job!!

  • Aida replied 7 years ago

    You know what? I actually have found that JS pumps work REALLY well with my feet, and I know we have similar feet. So that doesn't surprise me at all :) Glad you found a pair, I hope they stand up to the time test and stay comfortable! Also, SUPER cute shoes!! Neon pink is totally a neutral :D

  • Prudence replied 7 years ago

    I wonder if they need to be worn in a bit? I have a pair of pumps that tore my feet up the first time I wore them so i would only wear them to 'sitting' meetings with low walking periods, but I found that over time (4 or 5 wearings) they were comfortable for longer and longer stretches. I guess they just needed to be broken in. Now I can wear them all day even with walking and my feet are no more sore than in any heel (always a bit tired).

    I have heard of people doing things with thick socks and hair dryers to speed this up, but I've never tried that.

  • Julie replied 7 years ago

    I bought a pair of knee high Chloe boots back in 2003 and after several wearings, they did start to hurt my feet. It was shortly after this that I got a customer satisfaction call from a Chloe asking me how I liked the boots. When I told them about my problem, they booked me an appointment with an excellent cobbler the next time I was going to be in NYC. It was a few months before I was going back that way again, but when I showed up, he examined the boots, and my feet, made a few alterations to the insole, outsole, heel, etc., and that fixed the problem. He told me at the time that he knew customers who needed custom insoles made and that Chloe picked up the tab.

    In most cases, unless the footwear is poorly made, a few alterations can often fix whatever problem is causing your foot or feet to hurt. We all have one leg longer than the other, and one foot bigger than the other. Barefoot or with minimal heel we adapt quite easily, but add a 4 inch heel and you need everything spot on. I now know what has to be done to the left heel and the right foot bed of pretty near all my boots. Ever since that first alteration in NYC, I've been able to run in all my high heel boots. That's how effective needed alterations can be.

    So, if you can run in your 4 inch heels, just imagine what they will do for the look and sway of your butt and hips when everything is in balance.

    So, the purpose of this long treatise is to say don't junk them right away; ask an expert if anything can be done. Maybe they can be fixed, or maybe you'll be told to bin them. Either way, you won't know until you ask..



  • Jamie replied 7 years ago

    You are not alone, and this happens to me more often than I want to think about. It just irks me! And Naturalizer shoes give me the most trouble. Although they are supposed to be good for your feet, I've sworn off them. No more -- they kill my feet!

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