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Shopping for footwear during the summer months can be a tricky proposition, especially if you have psoriasis on your feet. The challenge is to find something that is comfortable but that also has some semblance of style.
As someone who suffered with psoriasis on the soles of my feet for quite some time, I have nothing but sympathy for the similarly afflicted. What did strike me as bizarre at the time, was the fact that it didn’t really matter whether my heels were flat or high … the psoriasis irritated just as much with both. However, in the main I’ve focused on flats for this post, purely because who needs the hassle of tottering in heels?
Let’s start with true comfort in the shape of these Light as Air Slip On Trainers from Marks & Spencer. These come complete with all the bells and whistles, from special odour dispelling technology to memory foam, light weight materials etc. etc. Essentially a little pillow for your feet that will keep you covered and comfortable from morning to night. Sounds pretty ideal to me! Also available in a range of colours that will work well with jeans, trousers, maxi skirts, palazzos and dresses.
Staying with M&S, we have a style that I mentioned in last month’s post. The Kitten Heel Side Zip Ankle Boot comes in a few different colours, but white is definitely the colour for this season. This is a handy little option that would look great with both trousers and skirts. Given that our summers often include more than our fair share of cloud and rain it could genuinely be considered a wise choice to have a summer boot to hand. With a low kitten heel, this boot will be easy to walk in and will ensure that your psoriasis remains covered.
Nothing says summer like a wedge heel and River Island always have a fabulous range to choose from. For this post however, I swerved away from their usual towering heights and found these Faux Suede Yellow Cross Over Wedges which are basically a ray of sunshine on your feet. Whilst these are definitely a sandal, they do offer excellent coverage and they would certainly bring a gorgeous burst of colour to the plainest of outfits.
Next up, the Birkenstock. I didn't used to be a fan but it is amazing how continuous exposure to something will eventually result in acceptance (kinda’!). I haven’t bought a pair but I’m told they are super comfortable, so if you are unlucky enough to have psoriasis on the soles of your feet, perhaps these would be worth trying?
I’m going to finish on a sandal that is identical to a pair that I bought last year in the Clarks outlet store. I wore them happily all summer. They are the most comfortable shoes ever, and now I’ve found an identical version on the Sperry’s website, the Vivienne Lia Sandal. Sperrys is a US brand that is worth tracking down if you happen to be on that side of the world. Incredibly comfortable and with lots of styles available, I think they can be found in all the major department stores. I still wear a pair of Sperry’s espadrilles that I bought in Bloomingdales four years ago and they have stood the test of time admirably. If you know of anyone travelling stateside, it would be worth speaking nicely to them and see if they’d be open to a little personal shopping!
As much as we like to complain about the weather in our neck of the woods, the advantage of an uncertain climate is that it increases the range of footwear on offer. It shouldn’t be that difficult to find a pair of summer shoes that will conceal and cover whilst still offering comfort to anyone with psoriasis. Hopefully I’ve given you some ideas of where to start!
UK/IE MAT-18057. Date of preparation: June 2018
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